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  • Apple Is Going To Give Corning The BlackBerry Treatment [View article]
    Last year I sold my 64g iPhone 5 to upgrade to a 5S thru a 3rd party and received $535. They deducted $50 for subtle scratches on the screen. 2 lessons from this: 1) the iPhone has a fantastic resale value, making upgrades in less than the 2 year carrier cycle attractive: and 2) the sapphire non-scratch screen will make it even more attractive.
    Since the iPhone has a 3-4 year life expectancy based on Apple's software upgrades, a totally scratch free screen will make it a compelling choice for resale in 3rd world countries as first world consumers upgrade more frequently.
    Jul 14 02:20 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Is Going To Give Corning The BlackBerry Treatment [View article]
    One of the unheralded selling points of the iPhone is its resale value. I sold my iPhone 5 to upgrade to an iPhone 5s for $335 via a third party. They deducted $50 for subtle scratches on the screen. Two lessons from this: 1) the iPhone has a fantastic resale value, making upgrades in less than the 2 year cycle attractive: and 2) a sapphire screen will make it even more attractive. The iPhone has at least a 3 -4 year usable lifespan. To have a completely scratch free face in the later years makes it a valuable investment.
    Jul 14 02:12 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple May Have Finally Crossed The Line [View article]
    The lightning connector is also used for charging. My take is that the headphones will connect by Bluetooth and the lightning connector will mainly be used for charging. Apple hates cables.
    Jun 11 03:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple The Next Microsoft? [View article]
    Facebook's purchase of Whatsapp had pundits proclaiming that Apple is afraid to make a bold move, it's failure to innovate, and the failure of an closed system, with which I must disagree.

    iMessage is a secure messaging system. It is used for confidential communication within Apple and elsewhere within the enterprise. To open it to Android and others brings the risk of hacking and viruses. You can still use Whatsapp on your iPhone, but opening up the system is not in Apple's interest. Apple was wise to pass.

    Apple is fanatical about security and preserving privacy. Google & Facebook make money off your personal information. People are outraged about the NSA but totally complacent about major multinational corporations reading your email.

    Apple does't continually pump out press releases that tout its innovation, but when it does, it counts. Strip away the PR form other companies and what real paradigm changing innovation do you have?

    Will this virtuous behavior be rewarded? Perhaps not immediately, but eventually I think it will be reflected in a higher premium for the stock.
    Feb 21 06:52 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Can Unlock 68% More Value By Emulating Google In This Way [View article]
    Great analysis! I couldn't agree with you more. Google just throws a lot of crap against the wall to see what sticks. Advertising and search is what drives Googles profits. Otherwise, what is there- hype and hope! Keep it up!
    Jan 2 08:13 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Tim Cook meets China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua [View news story]
    Does the "C" on those "5C" boxes mean "China" and not "color"?
    Jul 31 09:24 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL +1.7%) rallies as the Street takes the launch of Samsung's (SSNLF.PK) Galaxy S IV, which has an impressive spec sheet but has seen mixed early reviews, in stride. Apple's sell-side fans are circling the wagons, with Gene Munster comparing the S IV to an 'S' iPhone launch. Nomura is less sanguine: noting the popularity of bigger displays and stating its checks indicate a bigger iPhone won't arrive in 2013, it thinks Samsung could overtake Apple in high-end smartphone shipments this year on the back of 35M-40M S IV and Note sales per quarter. [View news story]
    The Samsung products remind me of the schlocky Japanese HiFi equiptment on the '80s with lots of widgets, sliders, buttons, and flashing lights, that added nothing of value. Remember, Steve Jobs said that what you leave out of a product is as important as what you put in. A simple and elegant product containing what you use on a regular basis, is far better than creating a product with a hodgepodge of confusing software and hardware options, that give the illusion of innovation, but will rarely be used by the average consumer.
    Mar 16 01:39 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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