The iPad had zero competition until a few months ago (ASUS Transformer) and the MacBook Air had no competition until a few weeks ago (the amazing new Ultrabooks viewed at CES)
Being an anti-Apple fanatic is just as bad as being an Apple fanatic. Just for the record.
I'm really looking forward to this year in tech.
I remember it all too well
I'm not sure how that's a shock... If you sell outdated pieces of hardware that you produce for very cheap and charge 2-3 times more than its worth, your profits will go up. Now, claim that the grass is greener on your side of your fence to computer illiterate people and (because you're the only one offering this miracle product) make lots of money.
Especially when you claim that old technology, re-branded under a different name (Video chat! Sorry, I meant Facetime) and people fall for it, well... Yeah.
i dont see all the fuss tbh. i'd rather pay half the price for something that i can modify and upgrade myself.
When you employ 43,000 US employees making you $400,000 profit per employee but contract out over 700,000 chinese workers at Foxconn making $2 an hour, I'd say you would have a record setting quarter too.
Lets not get into the discussion of the government stifling or not stifling manufacturing growth in the united states because thats a whole other can of worms.
Despite having some great hardware, it's hard for me to completely like Apple since iTunes is just so... awful. It totally kills the entire experience for me since everything is built around it. Apple is getting better, with iCloud allowing you to transfer things now, but I don't think you can completely escape iTunes yet. That said, I'm not a gigantic fan of iCloud, or for that matter, most Apple software doesn't click with me. I think Windows is the much better desktop OS and Android is the slightly better mobile OS.
Apple really does have Gen X and Gen Y by the balls, and it looks like Gen Z will be following suit, so I wouldn't doubt Apple to be the new "standard" in computing in the near future. Who knows, maybe a few generations down the line will hate Apple since it'll be too popular, just like the current Gen X'ers and Gen Y'ers hate Microsoft for being the old defacto.
Last edited by detectivekr; 2012-01-26 at 04:52 AM.
I'm an Apple fangirl because I like my tech products not only functional but user friendly. I do have a problem with the company they use (FoxConn) to make their iPods and iPads but Microsoft uses the same company to produce their goods. In fact it's hard to find a major tech company that doesn't use FoxConn to manufacture their goods. My Apple products have been the most reliable electronics I've ever purchased.
Now if only more games like SWTOR were Mac friendly.
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I to this day have never owned an Apple product, just because of how much I see my friends Apple products fail (one of the friends is a Customer Support jockey at Apple and is amazed at the amount of broken/failed hardware he hears bout), and the fact that every 4 months there is a re-re-re-release of the same product with an extra bell or whistle on it.
Many companies make Many devices that are On-par with all Apple Products, and for 1/4 of the price.
Of course you are going to have huge revenue when all you need to do is slap an Apple logo on something and the hipsters and fanboys froth at the mouth and pay exorbitant amounts of extra money for a machine will similar functionality to some that is soo much cheaper.
And yes, I know other companies machines fail and such, I just don't see the reasoning of paying 4x as much for a brand logo.
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Hmmm, they should have founders die more often, great for profits.
In all seriousness, I do like my little iPod Nano.
Last edited by Clevername; 2012-01-26 at 05:21 AM.
I've never understood the popularity of Apple computers.
iPhone, iPad and iPod? Yeah, I get those. But not the computers. They've always been twice as expensive and half as powerful as a PC. That's what I've never understood. When I bought my current laptop, the iMac with comparible stats was twice the price.
Probably one of the best things they did was make things easy to use. Even when they began in the industry, they were the kings of making technology easier to use. Today, they still do the same thing which makes them a favorite with a generation that doesn't want to read manuals in order to make a product function. This is something a lot of companies fail miserably with.
So people would spend 1,200 for a computer because its from Apple, rather than spend 600 dollars for the exact same specs but windows (better operating system too).
Pretty much sums up why we are so much in debt.
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