Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Mar 2013 22:17 UTC
Apple Apple's Phil Shiller has been trash-talking Android in the press these past few days - just as Samsung is about to launch its Galaxy S4. "Public, preemptive slamming of a competitor is far outside Apple's PR wheelhouse; it's a dramatic shift for a company used to making news rather than reacting to it. But why is it happening?" The Verge hits the nail on the head: "Cupertino's behavior this week is yet another symptom of Samsung's stratospheric rise in the smartphone market globally, a rise that challenges Apple and has outright stifled Android competitors like HTC and Sony."
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MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

The iMac was/is a success for Apple (meaning they make a nice profit from selling it), but it's not a huge game changer/market dominator like the iPod, iPhone and iPad were/are.

Before the iMac they had a few successes (and misses), but nothing that flew out of the shops.

So it's kind of strange people expect and demand Apple to come up with something on an almost yearly basis and if not they are doomed or lost their magic.

An Apple iWatch or iTV, should they surface from Loch Ness, aren't products I suspect that will sell in masses.

For them to continue to do well I expect they'd bolster their ecosystem by making it better and adding do it, like an iWatch or iTV.

Samsung is also starting to understand now that selling a product to a customer and then forgetting about it makes less money than getting people to join your ecosystem like Apple and Amazon do.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

It also depends a lot on the country.

In Portugal, Macs have always been bloody expensive when compared to the PC offerings.

The first time I managed to touch one, it was on the student lab of the university, where a couple of LC's were available.

They were a minority compared with the available PCs, only beating the amount of aging VT terminals and X Stations still available on the lab.

This was in the early 90's.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

They aren't cheap, but they aren't that expensive if you look at what you get.

That said, if you're not sure what you are getting it's a risky gamble financial wise. It kept me away from iMacs and iPods before I got an iMac G5 for free and even then I wasn't blown away by Panther, but Tiger did make the experience a good one.

Most people can probably manage quite fine without a Mac and Apple seems contend with ruling the upper segment and isn't interested in selling something cheap 'n' affordable for the masses.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

So it's kind of strange people expect and demand Apple to come up with something on an almost yearly basis and if not they are doomed or lost their magic.


Well, if you create a pattern based on only 3 data points, they should have released "the next big thing" in 2012 at the latest (6 years from iPod to iPhone; 3 years to iPad; 1.5 years to ???), and "the next next big thing" in 2013:
Exactly. Look at the following dates;
iPod 2001, iPhone 2007, iPad 2010


:)

Wait, when was the aTV released?

:D

Maybe the are on track to release "the next next big thing" this year. ;)

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I have no clue what their next big thing would be.

Personally I doubt a watch or tv set would be such a thing. The Google glasses are very interesting, but I think they'd be nerd/geek only for a long time.

If I was in charge at Apple I'd spend a lot of money on the current products and get rid of all the complaints people have.

And create the iDesk! A desk with an integrated touchpad, usb/firewire/lightning ports, iPhone dock, speakers, power outlets, WiFi, etc...

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