Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Nov 2011 22:20 UTC
Legal This is probably not entirely surprising. The European Commission has announced that it is investigating both Apple and Samsung because they may have breached antitrust rules with regard to patents used as standard in the mobile phone industry - otherwise known as FRAND patents. While the EC states it's investigating both Samsung and Apple, it's likely the investigation focusses on Samsung.
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RE: Comment by Tony Swash
by unclefester on Sat 5th Nov 2011 04:56 UTC in reply to "Comment by Tony Swash"
unclefester
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2007-01-13

Apple's strategic aim is not to block anybody's products per se. Apple's aim is to retain differentiation of it's products through preventing what it sees as copying of elements of it's designs that it has patented or which it feels it owns.


Totally wrong. Apple has adopted an ultra risky portable device strategy which is rapidly evolving into a potential catastrophe. Obviously Steve Jobs learned nothing from the original Mac fiasco.

Apple is now facing a slew of Android devices that cover every market segment from top to bottom.

In Australia at the moment the price discrepancy for similar products is huge.

- LG Optimus Spirit unlocked - $149
- Samusng Galaxy 5 unlocked -$99
- Apple 3GS unlocked -$ 429

- Motorola Xoom 32GB -$499
- iPad 32GB 32GB (wifi +3g) - $839

- Samsung Galaxy S2 unlocked - $549
- iPhone 4S unlocked - $899

Telstra - Australia's largest Telco - sells unlocked Telstra (Huawei) Smart-Touch Android phones for $79. This is cheap enough to give to a child.

Apple is panicking because they know they will get absolutely clobbered within two years (I predict much sooner). The lawsuits are merely the desperate actions of a company that suddenly realises they can't compete on price and have no compelling technology to attract buyers.

Edited 2011-11-05 04:57 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Tony Swash
by kristoph on Sun 6th Nov 2011 18:25 in reply to "RE: Comment by Tony Swash"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

Apple is the biggest company (by market cap) on the planet. It is the most valuable brand on the planet. It makes the most profit of any other company on the planet in handsets, tables, computers, displays, music, etc. It has the best customer service (as voted by actual customers) for an untold number of years. It has the strongest customer loyalty (especially in mobile devices). It makes the most money per retail square foot of any company on the planet. It commands 60% of mobile OS traffic.

I could go on here.

Clearly those are indicators of a disaster waiting to happen.

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Apple is the biggest company (by market cap) on the planet. It is the most valuable brand on the planet.


So was GE a decade ago. It is now down around 80% in inflation adjusted terms.

It makes the most profit of any other company on the planet in handsets, tables, computers, displays, music, etc. It has the best customer service (as voted by actual customers) for an untold number of years. It has the strongest customer loyalty (especially in mobile devices).


Sounds just like RIM in 2007. Rim is currently facing disaster.

I could go on here.

Clearly those are indicators of a disaster waiting to happen.


Companies are frequently extremely profitable and growing rapidly just before they collapse. eg Enron.

Apple Inc. is currently rated as having Very Aggressive Accounting & Governance Risk (AGR). This places them in the 8th percentile among all companies, indicating higher Accounting & Governance Risk (AGR) than 92% of companies.

AGR scores are based on statistical analysis of accounting and governance risk factors. Lower scores indicate heightened corporate integrity risk, indicating an increased likelihood of future class action litigation, material financial restatements or impaired equity performance.


http://finapps.forbes.com/finapps/AccountingRisk.do?tkr=AAPL

Translation: Apple is at very high risk of going belly up.

Edited 2011-11-06 23:31 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Tony Swash
by frderi on Mon 7th Nov 2011 01:03 in reply to "RE: Comment by Tony Swash"
frderi Member since:
2011-06-17

Android tablets have been a dud in the marketplace sofar. Have you ever used a Xoom? Its a piece of shit.

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