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    Quote Originally Posted by gilleshk
    Saying that Microsoft bailed Apple could also be somewhat inaccurate. What really happened is that Microsoft was embroiled in several legal battles and made a decision to settle one of them with Apple with a mutually beneficial arrangement that still benefits both of the companies to this day.

    However, as I said many people in the 90's thought that Apple was basically a goner. The reality is that Apple has always had a strong following in certain markets that were and are unlikely to go away. It owned(and now even more so) the education market and was dominant in the graphic design industry.

    What is remarkable is that they went from being a good niche player to a global trend setting giant. Remaining there is going to be a big challenge however the company will continue to be successful for decades with many more childish debates from the haters and the die hards over their little toys.

    Debates that you seem eager to partake in!

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    Perhaps however I don't have any of the toys nor do I think that any of the products are anything special regardless who makes them.

    For 95% or more of the people, the functionality is the same and whether the camera has an extra megapixel or the screen is 3mm wider is largely irrelevant. It's all about owning and showing off the latest toy...

    Who really needs a smartphone, a tablet, a desktop computer and a laptop? And then changing it every year? All of this to send text or email, watch videos and play childish games. It's a beautiful world!


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    Apple has always been a slave to trendiness ever since they blew up merely because it was cool to have white earbuds when the iPod came out. Eventually the kids whom line up at their launches will decide something else is cooler and switch. It is amazing they managed to keep the kids' attention this long.

    Other companies like Microsoft and Samsung have a much more solid base to rest on when their mobile devices have a slump as they have many different products in different markets. Apple only has their pcs to fall back on which still only have a small market share and can't really hold up the behemoth that is their mobile products if those experience a slump. This is what will make them more volatile in the eyes of investors.


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    Quote Originally Posted by methosb
    Apple has always been a slave to trendiness ever since they blew up merely because it was cool to have white earbuds when the iPod came out. Eventually the kids whom line up at their launches will decide something else is cooler and switch. It is amazing they managed to keep the kids' attention this long.

    Other companies like Microsoft and Samsung have a much more solid base to rest on when their mobile devices have a slump as they have many different products in different markets. Apple only has their pcs to fall back on which still only have a small market share and can't really hold up the behemoth that is their mobile products if those experience a slump. This is what will make them more volatile in the eyes of investors.
    Well, there's also the matter of their hugely successful multimedia store. I believe it is the largest player on that market. No doubt it relies partially on the success of the players, but not entirely.

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