Linked by David Adams on Tue 7th Jun 2011 17:54 UTC
Editorial Bob Cringeley makes a bold statement in a blog post responding to Apple's iCloud announcement: "Jobs is going to sacrifice the Macintosh in order to kill Windows." He says, "The incumbent platform today is Windows because it is in Windows machines that nearly all of our data and our ability to use that data have been trapped. But the Apple announcement changes all that. Suddenly the competition isn't about platforms at all, but about data, with that data being crunched on a variety of platforms through the use of cheap downloaded apps."
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RE[8]: huh????
by unclefester on Thu 9th Jun 2011 10:44 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: huh????"
unclefester
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2007-01-13

There are 10 stores based on population density/location in Australia. The size of the land mass is irrelevant. In comparison, a single state in the US, Ohio, has around 12 million people and 6 Apple stores. So, Au is doing comparably well.


Geography is everything. The Australian situation is equivalent to only having stores in NYC, Atlanta, Miami and LA.

I imagine, just as in the US, a lot of Australians buy online.


The Apple Australia online store takes up to 2 weeks to fill an order. Prices are ~50% higher than the USA

However, in Australia you can walk into numerous provider locations and buy an iPhone including: Optus, Telstra, Three Virgin and Vodafone among others. It's probably more readily available there than here given it was confined to a single network in the US until a very short time ago.


Obviously you have never been to Australia.

There are Telstra, Optus and Vodaphone stores at my local shopping centre. None of them have iPhones or iPads in stock.

Even if you were to still persist in the notion that it's hard to find/buy an iPhone in Australia, the reality is that Australians are finding them and buying them in decent numbers.


Not any more. Everybody wants Android phones.

What is "recently" to you? Android phones have been available in Australia for a while now. In any case, maybe one day in the future the stats might change. Until then, however, the fact remains that the original assertion was a lie.


Affordable Android phones have only been widely available for about six months in Australia. However they now totally dominate the entire mid and upper levels of the market.

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RE[9]: huh????
by jtfolden on Thu 9th Jun 2011 22:06 in reply to "RE[8]: huh????"
jtfolden Member since:
2005-08-12

As of last month, the oceana area remains the second most popular segment of the market for Apple, percentage-wise. Despite every challenge you've tried to put forth, people are still buying them.

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RE[10]: huh????
by unclefester on Fri 10th Jun 2011 04:59 in reply to "RE[9]: huh????"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

You are the one in total denial. This is typical of Apple who constantly distort statistics to make their products seem vastly more popular than they are. All Apple products appeal to a tiny portion of the market - the affluent and gullible.

The Oceania market is so small as to be meaningless - less than the population of Chonqing - a single city in China.

The major phone retailers in Australia don't stock Apple products (despite your claims). They all sell a wide range of Android phones.

I doubt any other facts will convince you.

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