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  • How Apple Won The War For Education [View article]
    Being deep in education reform, I have to disagree with this. Apple may have won the battle - yes, they provide a lot of the equipment - but Google, unfortunately, is winning the war. Why? Because Google has created the ecosystem that several education stakeholders - administrators, teachers, students, parents - use. AAPL dropped the ball and Google picked it up. And, people are using the AAPL products to get into the Google ecosystem. I am disappointed to say this. But, those are facts. AAPL must provide tools education stakeholders can use. I remain long AAPL and am hoping that AAPL will see the light on this sooner than later.
    Oct 20 01:00 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple At $800: Flight Delay Or Cancellation? [View article]
    Delay, unfortunately, in holding pattern waiting for clearance to build a more innovative runway to beat out these other competitors.
    Oct 8 11:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The True Objective Of The iPhone 5C [View article]
    "Apple lives in the middle of Hollywood" - incorrect, as a metaphor and in reality. "Sir Jony" - to my recollection, I have yet to see an Apple employee or other individual say "Good morning, Sir Jony" but interesting idea, nonetheless. And, unlikely Apple will be engaging "a good producer and director" for their keynotes. Steve didn't become a master storyteller overnight, he learned, and so will Tim et al. Remember great storytelling is part content and part delivery - if the content isn't there...
    Sep 12 11:19 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The True Objective Of The iPhone 5C [View article]
    Like I said, most was already known.
    Sep 11 10:07 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The True Objective Of The iPhone 5C [View article]
    These product announcements are just not what they used to be when Steve was alive. Now, you know just about everything before the event. Interesting AAPL opted not to live stream event. Today, I needed to know only two things - how much is the 5S and when can I buy it. The 5C is definitely Jony - I felt like we went retro to 1998. I got a bigger kick out of the other two things happening - Simon & Schuster launched "Steve Jobs" in paperback (with the alternate front cover photo) and Benioff's comments about Steve at Disrupt today. I guess Wall Street wasn't impressed with the product announcements either. Will see what the climate is like at AAPL when I'm there next week.
    Sep 10 10:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program... Desperate Or Brilliant? [View article]
    Nope. Works only with new phone and new contract.
    Sep 4 02:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Could Apple Be Working On The 'iBank'? [View article]
    PDC - To be fair, Apple is looking into other areas. They have to. The smart phone market has been converging for some time. But they have been looking to other areas. iBank, work with car manufacturers, watch, TV (hopefully gets off the ground, soon), working more with government, etc. are some great recent examples. But there are some areas which they have stumbled on: namely education - and now Google's GAFE eco-system is huge - and FCP - which has never led the film and video editing market - and routers - Airport's standards are several iterations behind Netgear.

    To be truthful, lately Apple has been in follower mode. Apple's "Innovation engine" at Apple is a concern - (1) Apple nose-dived in a recent poll of the 100 top innovative companies in the world to somewhere in the 70's (2) the board has started pressuring Tim on innovation.

    Do you remember Apple's core value that Steve stated years ago? People with passion can change the world for the better? That's why Apple focuses so much on the customer experience - whether it is improving existing products and creating new ones, or disrupting a market. I think they will be back to old days of innovation. I hope.
    Sep 2 11:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program... Desperate Or Brilliant? [View article]
    Another wonderful example of Apple being focused on the customer experience. And, a great customer retention exercise. Not to mention getting customers to purchase their new phone at the Apple retail store instead of through a carrier.
    Sep 1 10:18 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Carl Icahn Spells The End Of An Era At Apple [View article]
    Actually, I think his latest target is Larry Page.
    Aug 13 04:53 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Carl Icahn Spells The End Of An Era At Apple [View article]
    While Carl Icahn's comments may have boosted AAPL's share price, Larry Ellison's comments about Apple being nothing without Steve have interesting timing. Then, to top it off, we have the JOBS film and Ashton Kutcher to endure. For the moment, I guess. At least, my stock is on the rise. Long AAPL.
    Aug 13 04:39 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple Is Not Dead [View article]
    Why Apple is Not Dead. Hmmmm. Didn't know that there was even conversation that Apple was dead. Apple is very much alive and thriving. Indeed.
    Aug 5 08:02 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Apple Succeed Balancing Cheap With Premium? [View article]
    Probably because it was. And, having been at Apple today, I am sure Apple is in full agreement with the sentiment. :)
    Aug 5 07:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Apple Succeed Balancing Cheap With Premium? [View article]
    But as a shareholder I am always forward-looking and forward-thinking. The "you've got to spend money to make money" applies here.
    Aug 2 04:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Apple Succeed Balancing Cheap With Premium? [View article]
    However, you are missing the International picture. That "model" that you tote above does not play in a ubiquitous way, globally. And Apple knows it. Marketing is all about communication. You change to what the consumer dictates. Today, the consumer is smart and they are running the show. If AAPL wants more global piece of the pie they will do exactly what they are doing.
    Aug 2 12:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Apple Succeed Balancing Cheap With Premium? [View article]
    Companies have been creating tiered products/product lines (basic, plus or advanced, premium. etc.) since the beginning of time. It shows great vision that AAPL wants to reach out to different customer segments. If the launch, messaging, packaging is done right, should be transparent. No need for any Chicken Littles yelling "the sky is falling". AAPL is thinking out of the box to reach and get new segments into the eco-system. Good move.
    Aug 2 11:15 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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