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    The new Microsoft?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...ogy&ref=topbar

    Down 36% since Sept 19th ( 702.10 ).. and the fanboys thought the love would last forever.

    Can't wait for the iZune to launch.

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    iphone 4, 4s, 5 all look the same. How many years are people going to keep upgrading to a phone that looks the same as their old phone before they finally get sick of it? Siri turned out to be nothing special, maps is a total disaster. Android is now way ahead in terms of functionality. Apple have nothing left.

    Check out these really cool devices from Samsung that I hope will hit the market in the next few years (fast forward to about 4 minutes in):

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    ... and the fanboys thought the love would last forever.
    Don't confuse consumer acceptance with infestor hysteria and unrealistic expectations of some business boys. We all know the sound logic of infestor expectations… and their severe disappointment when they can’t double their money.

    Here, is one of the largest companies in the world, has just reported its best quarter in history. Sales of $54.5 billion compared to last year’s quarter of $46.3 billion. They sold 48 million iPhones in the quarter, compared to 37 million in the year-ago quarter, 23 million iPads compared to 15.5 million in the year-ago quarter.

    AND a paltry $13 billion in profits… OMG – Sell! Sell!, the sky is falling.
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    Tigersun, as Boris said, they are the next Microsoft. MS were in exactly the same position, were the darlings of the 1990's and early 2000's. Then they fell off a cliff when technology changed. I think its Apples turn now. They came out with a fantastic product, the iphone 4, 3 years ago, and now year after year they do very little to it. The ipad still has a bit of life left in it. Its still ahead the competition, but I doubt for much longer.

    I actually think MS are in a better position than Apple. MS have a broad range of products, both business and consumer oriented. Apple have 2 products, iphone and ipad (you could argue the imac as well), but as soon as the fashion fad on these products run out, they are dead. Already the fad is running out when they release a phone that looks the same for 3 years in a row. How many years are the fashion conscious going to put up with this?


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    If you can't spot the difference between a iPhone 4S and a 5 then you're pretty much a retard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo
    If you can't spot the difference between a iPhone 4S and a 5 then you're pretty much a retard.

    If you even care about telling the difference between two types of telephone I think you are already approaching retard status!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoob
    If you even care about telling the difference between two types of telephone I think you are already approaching retard status!
    Agreed! If you bother learning about differences between consumer products, then you must have a mental handicap. Just hand over your money and except what you are given, regardless if you wanted an iPhone 5 but were handed an ePone 5 by the old lady carrying cardboard boxes near the congee shop that just closed down because the rent reached an affordable $600K /month. If you don't like it, go find the airport!

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    Some of you seem to forget that Apple is more than just a phone company and because of their trendy products, they have managed to bring a lot of people over to their computer platform.

    10 years ago, kids in school would turn their nose up at Mac computers and now it's the complete opposite... If you don't have a Mac, you're a loser...

    As to functionality, Apple has had setbacks however it's pretty well four quarter to a dollar. It's funny to see the haters and the die hard act like kids over which is better than the other when 95% of the users of either platform barely scratch the surface of the capability of either and it makes no difference what they buy. Even more so when it comes to computers...

    A lot of people predicted Apple's demise before and thought Microsoft had basically wiped them out... It's tough to stay at the top when it comes to technology. It's pretty obvious that Samsung has done very well in gaining market share.

    In any case, Apple will still be around in a couple of decades even if they don't manage to keep the craziness going...


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    Giles, I agree with most of your post- the company remains very strong, they will continue to be so for a long time.

    However, there is a minor historical inaccuracy: Apple was almost wiped out in the late 90s by the idiot CEO that they bought over from Pepsi, and ironically it was Microsoft that bailed them out. http://www.wired.com/thisdayintech/2...ayintech_0806/. For a while their market cap was below the company's net worth.


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    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.


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