Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Feb 2007 20:03 UTC
Apple "Apple has said that Jobs knew of backdated option grants but "was unaware of the accounting implications", and an internal investigation cleared him of misconduct. Still, according to media reports, he's been questioned by authorities at the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the investigation by federal authorities is ongoing. With such questions still swirling, some wonder about the possible downside of leaning so heavily on one person to drive the company's success - and what the Jobs-friendly board is doing to prepare for the possibility of losing its star pitchman."
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RE: Beh
by Priest on Fri 23rd Feb 2007 20:59 UTC in reply to "Beh"
Priest
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2006-05-12

I don't know that it is really fair to say that Apple just throws on some fancy face plates and funny ads.

People like to compare Apple to all the companies in the PC market as a whole, but if you compare Apple to just Dell or HP their hardware sales and products are significant.

As far as software, Microsoft may be the biggest software company in the world, but Apple releases nearly just as much software, but with lower sales volume.

Apple has OSX, iLife, iWork, iTunes, QuickTime, Final Cut Studio, Aperture, Logic, Shake, and many others. They create and bundle many free applications with OSX, where MS still has basically Paint, Notepad, Solitare, and WMP (yet vista still takes up ~6 gig of disk space).

The iPhone has not even been released yet and most the cell phone manufacturers are already making clones of it. Even the people who don't buy an iPhone gain from competition it created.

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RE[2]: Beh
by Kroc on Fri 23rd Feb 2007 21:05 in reply to "RE: Beh"
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2005-11-10

Apple are highly efficient with their engineering. For an R&D budget that looks miniscule compared to Microsoft's Apple have managed to be the more creative and innovative.

I also don't think it's as simple as "throws on some fancy plates". When I think of 'fancy' PC cases, they're ugly and overcomplicated. Apple spend the time needed to get everything right, down to the finest detail. Just the fact that the camera light (on a Macbook Pro) is magically hidden underneath the case, yet shines through, is an outstanding piece of engineering that no other company would bother trying to resolve.

Edited 2007-02-23 21:06

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RE[2]: Beh
by wibbit on Fri 23rd Feb 2007 21:31 in reply to "RE: Beh"
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2006-03-22

The iPhone has not even been released yet and most the cell phone manufacturers are already making clones of it. Even the people who don't buy an iPhone gain from competition it created.

I am sorry, but this just seems a bit daft.

Apple have not released ANY THING yet, and are not due to release it till the summer at the earliest.

Competitors, have released a product which I believe you can actually buy.

And yet, just because apple got their "glitz" out the door first, every one else is classed the copycat?

Numerous people have also tried pointing out just how much time it takes to develop this sort of product, to the point it is actually built and out the door.

The thought that apple release their vacous glitz, and a month later competitors have untill recently unthought of products out and built, seems some what, unfeasable...

As some one said before, it is not so much copying, one person or another, it is an evolutionary movement, that is "natural" and many phone makers are going in that direction.

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RE[2]: Beh
by El-Al on Fri 23rd Feb 2007 22:12 in reply to "RE: Beh"
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2006-04-17

"where MS still has basically Paint, Notepad, Solitare, and WMP"

Ummm...You may need to re-evaluate exactly how many FREE tools/software that MS provides.

I'm NOT a MS fanboy by any stretch of the imagination but your post is a LONG, LONG way from being remotely accurate!

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