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  • Apple axes Wi-Fi router division, apparently signaling the end of AirPort

    So does anyone still doubt that Tim Cook is the wrong CEO for Apple? 

    Bad software decisions and ignoring the Mac has been driving away a core group of customers: Professionals, and now he's tearing away at one of the foundations of the Apple ecosystem.

    The Airport routers weren't just about making a profit for Apple (though they surely did, and a handsome one too!).

    They were the Routers that a Genius could point to, if anyone was having trouble with their network or backups. They just worked, like the Mac.

    They locked a customer gladly and willingly into the ecosystem, and ensured that the next computer they got also was a Mac. Or an Apple TV over a Roku. 

    Apples one advantage, was always the integration of hardware and software, and the integration of hardware with other hardware. 

    Unfortunately Tim Cook seems to be too focused on short term profits. I worry about how shortsighted he is.
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  • Apple axes Wi-Fi router division, apparently signaling the end of AirPort


    sirozha said:

    Obviously, under the bean-counter-in-chief, anything that doesn't rake in cash gets nixed. 


    Apple is about:
    1. Focus
    2. Making the best products it can

    FOCUS:  Apple puts a lot of energy into only a few products.  It always cuts out the fat. 


    Nonsense... There are plenty of products just as "unfocused" as the Airport routers.

    (Apple Car anyone? Tim Cooks multibillion dollar boondoggle which apparently crashed recently.)

    How about the Apple iPhone/iPad cases? The Apple extended battery case, which granted, is uniquely hideous, but aside from that doesn't offer anything that isn't available from other vendors. The iPhone bands, The Keyboard case for the iPad, the iPhone stands. The myriad of adapters that is turning out to be Apples most numerous product lately, or heck: The Beats purchase.

    For that matter you could also bring up FileMaker Pro, or Final Cut Pro. Or how about 2 different sized iPhones, 2 iPod products and 4 different iPads? Care to tell me why there's an iPad mini, iPad Air, and two kinds of "pro" iPads?

    None of these products are more essential or focused than the Airport Routers (Except for possibly the software) and if Apple "always cuts out the fat" then they have been doing an extremely poor job lately.
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  • Apple axes Wi-Fi router division, apparently signaling the end of AirPort

    sirozha said:

    Obviously, under the bean-counter-in-chief, anything that doesn't rake in cash gets nixed. 

    Wrong.  Steve Jobs nixed a ton of Apple products himself - including the Newton, Apple Laserwriter printers, and many different Mac models including Mac Servers. 



    Yes you are indeed wrong, but it's allright. We Apple enthusiasts are used to part-time white knights/full time trolls who thinks Apple needs to be protected from criticism, no matter how accurate. We're also used to extremely selective usage of "what Steve Jobs used to do", the few times it aligns with whatever you're defending.

    The Newton was an experiment, an experiment that didn't enjoy great success in the market, and Apple was bleeding money at the time it was cut.

    Just like it did when the Laserwriters were cut.

    There is no comparison between the widely popular and useful ecosystem components like the Airport accessories, and niche products like the Newton and the rebadged Laserprinters Apple used to sell.

    You're comparing apples and oranges here. Just like you do when you bring up Apple servers. (Which not only were a niche product, Apple also introduced a Server Mac Mini, and kept the Server OS.)

    I know you for some weird reason feel the need to defend a multibillion dollar corporation from criticism, but you're not doing a great job so far... 
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  • Apple axes Wi-Fi router division, apparently signaling the end of AirPort

    slurpy said:
    To me, it's actually exciting that Apple is axing products left and right. It means that they're needing the resources to focus on something that is truly worth killing these products for. Also, goes against the notion that Apple's primary focus is simpy making money, and being money hungry. This is a company that can make an extra few billion by slapping their logo on products like routers and displays, but they chose not to because they don't feel the need to remain in every market if they aren't making a highly differentiated product than everyone else.

    What on earth are you talking about?!? "Needing the resources"? Apples mancount  has exploded in the last 5 years. If anything they're bloated.
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  • Apple's new MacBook Pro has generated 7x more revenue than 12" MacBook at launch

    These numbers certainly also indicate that the Retina MacBook has been a big flop.

    Think about it: MacBook Air machines used to outsell MacBook Pro's several times over.

    And suddenly the machine for casual users, the successor of the Air, is only slightly bigger in sales than a machine that costs much more?

    Could it be the lack of ports in the 12 inch MacBook? It's weak CPU? The fact that people don't care that much, whether it's thinner and lighter?
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