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  • Apple iOS Versus Android: Is This The Turn Of The Tide? [View article]
    Apple had "a decent quarter"?

    It was the most profitable quarter of any company in the history of business.

    I guess that qualifies as "decent". I might even go out on a limb and say it was "pretty good".
    Feb 27, 2015. 01:43 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple On Track To Buy Back 20% Of Itself By 2017 [View article]
    "what about the stock dilution, this is never mentioned they need nearly 25Billion a year to just keep the share count flat."

    It's never mentioned, because it's not true.
    Feb 23, 2015. 10:30 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Electric Vehicle Opportunity [View article]
    Why not a touch screen for navigation? Computer assisted, of course.
    Feb 21, 2015. 08:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Electric Vehicle Opportunity [View article]
    bart, yes, there is a math problem with energy in versus out. But interestingly, some electric cars have used the concept of generator load on the wheels to slow them down. So in other words the act of breaking puts a little power back into the battery. But obviously the car's motion can't power itself.

    Now if there were a tiny nuclear reaction taking place...
    Feb 21, 2015. 08:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Electric Vehicle Opportunity [View article]
    Benjamin, A cable that long would just keep getting tangled around the moon. What a hassle.
    Feb 21, 2015. 01:20 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Electric Vehicle Opportunity [View article]
    hawk007, depends which god you are referring to, I suspect. But's it's always the one true god, after all, isn't it (regardless of which god that is supposed to be). At last count there were several "one true" gods on our tiny planet alone!

    For my part I have a hard time thinking that if an all powerful and all knowing being did exist, he'd give one hoot whether his moniker was capitalized by some marginally sentient race occupying a remote edge of an average galaxy.

    Among the powers of an omnipotent being would be universal autocorrect. Seems these "errors" could fix themselves.
    Feb 21, 2015. 12:03 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Electric Vehicle Opportunity [View article]
    Donald Johnson,

    If IBM had never strayed from its core competency, it would still be making adding machines and typewriters. You can find many examples of companies that lose focus and go off in a million directions, but you can also find examples of companies who navigated change and brought disruption to products in a changing world. If Apple gets into the car biz, it is a safe bet that the product will be an improvement over existing autos in some significant way.

    And a modern EV with a computer at its core shares more in common with a smart phone than it does a Buick from the 1950's. This move is not as far away from Apple's core competency as you seem to think.
    Feb 21, 2015. 11:45 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Entering The Car Sector? Why This Could Be Its Next 'Large Numbers' Move [View article]
    Not saying they will, but if they wanted to, they could do a cash and stock deal.
    Feb 19, 2015. 08:53 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Expect Another Small Dividend Raise [View article]
    A large group of angels assembled on the head of a pin recently to determine the answer once and for all. But it turned out only a few of them actually knew how to dance.
    Feb 19, 2015. 08:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Entering The Car Sector? Why This Could Be Its Next 'Large Numbers' Move [View article]
    This could be about China, folks. Apple knows that its future is in some very important ways in the hands of the largest population on the planet. What if it could provide clean, efficient, and reasonably affordable transportation to the Chinese middle class? The government would love to clean up the air. Clean cars will be part of that.

    But one knock on EV's is that they are really as dirty as the power plants you use to charge them. So it is unsurprising that Apple is also keenly interested in solar farms. Imagine Apple solar farms producing energy in China that charges the cars the growing Chinese middle class drives.

    We naturally view everything Apple does through the lens of the Westerner. We assume we are still the center of the universe. Apple seems smart enough to know that the center is shifting East.

    China is also a younger automobile market than the West and would be easier to disrupt on a grand scale.
    Feb 19, 2015. 08:32 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will History Repeat Itself For Apple? [View article]
    and yet...
    Feb 6, 2015. 02:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will History Repeat Itself For Apple? [View article]
    Eric's follow up comment was made two years after skytop's comment. But now, two years further on, imagine if sky top had continued to hold on. Bad dream? Not so much.

    Looking back at old comments and articles is instructive. It shows that both the bulls and the bears are usually right. And also wrong.
    Feb 6, 2015. 02:24 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Stock Price Vs. Key Product Release Dates Beginning 1983 [View article]
    And 16x two years later...
    Feb 6, 2015. 12:55 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Ready To Bounce Back On New Growth Driver [View article]
    Two years later:

    China Mobile, Done
    Less expensive phone, No or not yet.
    Unbreakable screen, No or not yet
    Larger screen phone, Done
    iWatch (Apple Watch), Done
    acquisition of content providers, No or not yet
    Launch of social network, No or not yet
    Apple Network, No, but current rumors to that effect
    Stock split, Done (7-1 is in the range predicted)

    4 out of 9, not bad. Certainly better than the prediction that NONE of these would happen.
    Feb 5, 2015. 10:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Blossoms In The Spring [View article]
    Glenn the "ignore" suggestion was specifically rejected by SA's Editor in Chief Eli Hoffman. The reason cited was that replies to invisible ignored comments would create a confusing mess. The idea was "unworkable" according to Eli.

    I think this analysis assumes that we would all be randomly ignoring different people. I think in practice the overlap would be astounding.

    I couldn't help but wonder if the real reason for not wanting to work through the "ignore" issues was associated with the fact that their profit model is driven by page views. Every comment not seen is potentially an impression not counted. Their advertisers may have a harder time understanding the concept of an interested and engaged user base than the notion that "there sure are a lot of them".
    Jan 23, 2013. 11:32 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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