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  • Apple Is Still Cool [View article]
    Apple's gadgets work properly, simple as that. Skype - much better than the android version, no memory management issues with being unable to run some apps from the memory card. If I replace my (iphone lookalike?) samsung galaxy ace, it's likely to be an ex-contract iphone4.
    Mar 5 11:19 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Chinese Consumers Save Apple? [View article]
    quote " the iPhone 6 - unlike the current iPhone 5 - will be compatible with all 4G networks worldwide " - interesting point. So are hardware limitations the reason why there's no current contract with ChinaMobile for an iphone?
    Mar 5 09:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Must Totally Change Its DNA To Survive And Thrive In A Brutal Competitive Environment [View article]
    Promoting the idea that Apple could unbundle iOS from their hardware is a bit late as Android is already free. How much longer is Android going to remain dominant when Samsung discard the Google-owned android ecosystem in favour of their own (Tizen)? (Possibly with its own app store which Samsungs android handsets already have.) There's also fragmentation of versions - many Android handsets are being sold with the already-obsolete 2.3 version and people who compare market share could be more helpful by specifying like-for-like comparisons with Apple handset sales (2 cameras for video-calling perhaps) as Samsung sell bottom-of-the range handsets (512MB flash memory in galaxy ace models?)
    Mar 4 08:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Will Fix Apple's Declining Shares? Patience, Time, And Faith In Management [View article]
    Facebooks shares have also been going down lately although they're the most widely used social networking site, what does that say about the markets ability to accurately price shares?
    Mar 4 11:07 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple Will Continue To Climb [View article]
    Your market share comparison between Samsung 29% and Apple 21% is meaningless!! Compare the iphone4 specifications with the samsung galaxy ace and galaxy y phones. You need to buy an 8GB memory card for the galaxy phones before you can even begin to compare the rest of the phones features. If Apple hadn't discontinued the iphone3gs their market share would definitely be higher as they'd be competing like-for-like with the entry-level android phones - perhaps the market analysts assume they're as good as Apples current models.
    Feb 26 02:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Is Tim Cook The Next Steve Ballmer? [View article]
    While the stock price charts appear similar, there's little else to suggest the companies have much in common. Apple make both iphone hardware and software, Microsoft (in some cases) sell the windows phone software to hardware vendors like Nokia. Do Microsoft make their Surface tablet computer or get another company to make it? The same thing applies to desktop computers although in this case the Windows software has a much greater market share than Apples iMac hardware and software.
    Feb 20 05:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Still Has A Bright Future [View article]
    Your article mentions Android shipments of 159.8 million devices accounting for 70.1% of the market and compares these with devices from other vendors. How many of these devices are capable of competing with Apple and Windows devices? Android version 2 may be widely sold on new handsets but can easily be regarded as obsolete.
    Feb 20 04:43 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Outside Of The Box Logic And Why Apple Might Still Not Be A Buy [View article]
    Quote from the article " Nokia (NOK) and BlackBerry (BBRY) just introduced two smartphones -- the Z10 and the Lumia 920 -- that will compete directly with Apple' iPhone. "
    Does this refer just to voice calls or does it take into account availability of applications and the social networking / internet / data usage aspect of owning a smartphone?
    Feb 20 02:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Is Not Worth $460 [View article]
    Interesting article with an unusual perspective. Does it include the money from the itunes music and app stores? Buy an iphone, ipod or ipad and you're tied in to their marketplace. While it's possible (if a bit complicated) to download music from alternative websites like 7digital or amazon, apps can only be downloaded through the official app store. The selling point for apps or music from itunes is the convenience of being able to select your purchase, pay for it using your itunes account (already linked to a debit or credit card) and have it automatically downloaded to your devices. Apple make money from the sale of each song (I think it's 1/3 of the price where tracks are likely to cost 99 cents.)
    Feb 20 01:30 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Real Obstacles To Increasing Apple's Share Price [View article]
    The best thing Apple could do with their money (especially overseas cash) is build or buy manufacturing plants in their emerging markets. Buying flash memory from competitors like Samsung seems more like a desperate move rather than a viable long-term strategy. One possible option as a partner of Foxconn is to share the cost of upgrading their factories to be able to produce the flash memory chips. While the iphone 3gs / 4 / 4s are cheaper, the only places you're likely to find them at a price to compete with android handsets is ex-contract resellers.
    Feb 18 10:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Cost Of Product Cannibalization Dooms Apple's Growth [View article]
    What of the resale market, ex-contract phones? When I chose my smartphone on pay-as-you-go I had a price cap of £150. I'm glad I didn't spend more when I got a Samsung galaxy ace. It's only capable of running an already obsolete version of the Android OS - version 2.3.6. Failing to identify which versions of Android make up the market share of sales is misleading. Phone hardware is just one part of Apple - what about the itunes music and app store? I think there's more profit there than most people realise.
    Feb 15 07:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Tim Cook Isn't The Problem [View article]
    Quoting from the article " Motorola/Google (GOOG) makes solid products " - I thought LG are making the Nexus smartphones sold by Google. Are Motorola doing anything? The only (solid) products from Google are the website services and their presence in the Android Smartphone market (default search engine, app store, maps app and email client) although I'm not sure Google take the app store seriously - they might take a bit more interest in what's available if they did. At the moment google glass and the self-driving car make me think of bored programmers who want something to do.
    Feb 15 10:40 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Steve Jobs' Big Blunder Is Starting To Cost Apple [View article]
    If the market analysts owned Apple and Samsung devices they'd probably be in a much better position to compare the companies. I've got an ipod touch 4th gen. and samsung galaxy ace smartphone, both with a similar hardware. For me skype is a "must have" application. It's flawless on the ipod, absolutely awful on the samsung. Installing applications on the ipod is a breeze, no fuss or bother. The samsung phone has a major limitation - applications have to be installed in a much more limited area of memory - like the limit on the early MSDOS operating system which predated Microsoft Windows. Google may have fixed the problem in later versions of Android but what proportion of handsets running version 4 are sold? Ease of use and user satisfaction doesn't seem to be accounted for by the market analysts. My next smartphone could easily be an ex-contract iphone with a replacement battery.
    Feb 14 10:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Could Apple Be Working On The 'iBank'? [View article]
    I think Apple could be using the patent more as a general defence against competition in a new area. I'm not sure they're competing against the existing players, Visa / Mastercard / the banks. Contactless payment systems are here but what's lacking is the interactive element. What comes to mind here are payments to traders at a weekly street market - for example you're handing (virtual) cash to someone selling vegetables from a stall.
    Feb 13 07:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why The Living Room Is Too Small For Apple [View article]
    Apple are probably the only company who can be innovative enough for an iphone / ipod / ipad to be the remote control for a TV. Once you do that selecting content isn't a matter of flicking through channels hoping to find something to watch, real interactivity becomes possible. How about using your music playlists as the basis for your list of favourite TV channels and "what to watch"? Samsungs "me too" approach to android smartphones suggests they can't compete.
    Feb 11 09:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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