quote: Once people start actually using and the Android systems (and are not status symbol sheep who only bahh for Apple), they start to switch tablets, phones and carriers with better Android support. This is why Samsung is gaining market share fast, and starting to take away from Apple.These newer Android systems are faster, easier, and not locked into "do what Apple says, or else" type of system that people are starting to open their eyes to.
quote: As soon as the iPhone becomes available on a carrier it becomes that carrier's best selling handset and outsells all the other handsets. If a carrier cannot sell the the iPhone (and if it doesn't accept Apple's financial terms then it won't) it will start to bleed customers who will defect as soon as their contracts are up to a carrier who does have the iPhone.
quote: The key point about Apple's profits, and the way that the operators and carriers facilitate them, is often overlooked and yet it is the foundation of Apple's financial success. If the carriers could bypass Apple or reduce their payouts to Apple they would, and if Android was a mechanism or lever to achieve that then they would have by now. The carries cannot bypass or press Apple back financially for a very simple reasons. Apple's iPhone is not just popular, it is more popular than all other handsets those carriers sell, combined. It's customer pressure that keeps the iPhone, and Apple's profits, at the top of the pile. Apple's strategy was simple but hard, make the best phone you can, design it so people really, really want it, then use that popularity to make sensational profits.
quote: Tony is attributing the iPhone's strong sales to it being a superior product. While partly true, the biggest reason it's selling is because of its bigger price subsidy.
quote: That said, Apple's phones have some notable downsides: 1. Relatively high cost (e.g. my Lumia 900 was free)
quote: 5. Having to deal with sputtering hatred and FUD from of raging anti-fanboys
quote: 6. Sluggish 3rd party security support from Apple.
quote: Tony, if it were not for your hostile tone I think you might not have been downrated
quote: hen Apple's fortunes are on the upswing, Samsung gets more profits by making stuff for it,
quote: Two, and also very important, brands matter not one iota like you think it does. Have you noticed how people will stay with the same things no matter how full of shit they are? Once you've gone Android, would you leave for something else? No?
quote: The magic of heroin, cocaine, krokodil and other exotic contraband lies with this little gem: it's ridiculously easy to get hooked into it - now try getting out of it. Apple knows this, that's why so many of its iOS features are tied with iTunes. There simply isn't a proverbial black hole powerful enough to suck everyone in over at the Android realm.
quote: There seems to be this assumption that "when Apple users try Android phones, they will realize how blind they were and switch".
quote: Where is Jason Mick touting Android market share numbers??
quote: Rumors and speculation? How can the same not be said for any other company that can, and does?
quote: Point 1 is what's driving the entire smartphone market, and not raw specs like your average DT reader would think.
quote: Point iii is a silly one. Most people buying Apple probably aren't too concerned with upgrades. If they are, they find out how to do it themselves when possible. Is that not the point of DIY? Isn't that what all OEM's do with upgrades, huge markups?...
quote: Apple is certainly not the only company that likes to exploit workers. Also, since Foxconn supplies parts for many other large companies, does the company only exploit the workers making products for Apple?
quote: Quite complex, which is why I don't understand the point in arguing that Apple may be getting away with more than others. Why single them out over and over again, as opposed to actually going at the root of the problem?
quote: 2. Apple is recordly profitable. Granted that profitability is heavily driven by: i. Exploitive labor contracts, which are rumored to be far worse than the industry average. ii. One of the most abusive records when it comes to exploiting loopholes for the purposes of tax evasion. iii. Nickel and diming customers with massive markups for things like extra RAM or a bit more NAND.
quote: Love to see the evidence to back up those assertions.
quote: i. Exploitive labor contracts
quote: ii. One of the most abusive records... tax evasion
quote: iii. Nickel and diming customers with massive markups
quote: Apple does not own Foxconn. Foxconn was around long before Apple started raking in it's billions. Foxconn is responsible for it's employees well being, not Apple.
quote: ii. Should we bring up the Google offices around the world?? Effective tax rate of 2.4%??http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-21/google-2-...
quote: Google Inc. (GOOG) -- makers of the world's most used smartphone operating system and the world's most used search engine -- based itself in Ireland and has subsidiaries in the Caribbean and Luxembourg for more tax dodging gains.Google told The Daily Mail that this scheme -- which many would call "tax dodging" -- is necessary in today's corporate atmosphere, as responsibility to shareholders. States a Google spokesperson, "We have an obligation to our shareholders to set up a tax-efficient structure, and our present structure is compliant with the tax rules in all the countries where we operate."
quote: The President's support of Google also raises some eyebrows given Google's clever use of the "Double Irish" and "Dutch Sandwich" (legal) tax evasion strategies, funneling money through Ireland, the Netherlands and Bermuda, courtesy of federal loopholes, to avoid paying federal income taxes on its profits. These strategies reportedly saved Google $1B USD in 2011 and cut the company's effective tax rate to 18.8 percent, far less than the standard 35-40 most small businesses pay on earnings.Google officially raised almost a million dollars for the President's election bid.
quote: All your evidence can be said about your favorites, Google, AMD, etc..You simply are biased against Apple, and to a lesser extent Intel. Every one of your blogs related to either is evidence of that.
quote: Dude - do you really believe the silly stuff that you type? That there is some dark nefarious reasons that Apple takes everyone else to the cleaners? When the real reason is just so simple: Apple are just better at what they do than anyone else.
quote: 2. Apple is recordly profitable. Granted that profitability is heavily driven by:i. Exploitive labor contracts, which are rumored to be far worse than the industry average.
quote: Ironcially, Apple appears to be less concerned about factory conditions than its competitors, because of the company’s unwillingness to talk with advocacy groups like China Labor Watch and Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior. Li said Dell and HP responded to his group’s reports about working conditions in their factories, but Apple ignored them. SACOM’s Debby Chan told us she had had helpful conversations with both Dell and HP, but Apple had refused to meet with her.“Dell and Hewlett Packard are not doing as good as Apple is doing right now,” Li Said. “But when we talk about publicity and public relations, it’s another story.”
quote: “Although I know that the iPhone 4 is made at sweat shop factories in China, I still think that this is the only choice, because Apple is actually one of the best. Actually before I made a decision, I compared Apple with other cell phone companies, such as Nokia,” he said through a translator. “And the conditions in those factories are worse than the ones of Apple.”
quote: Though he believes that Apple has done a better job of inspecting its factories than others, Li maintains that the public is right to put more pressure on Tim Cook’s company than its competitors who have the same problems. Because Apple makes the most profit, he reasons, it also bears the most responsibility for fixing a broken system. He maintains that it wouldn’t take more than 2-percent of Apple’s profits to dramatically improve workers’ lives in China while companies such as Dell and HP would have to spend more.“Although we think Apple is among the best in terms of auditing, we still think that Apple can do more because it is the most profitable company in the world,” he said. “As soon as Apple is willing to give a small percentage of its profits, the workers can benefit a lot. But Apple is not willing to do that.”
quote: He's also an asshole.