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Apple's iPad almost doubled in year-to-year sales.  (Source: Macenstein)

Apple has the much-anticipated iCloud waiting in the pipe.  (Source: Apple)

The company is still struggling to find an appropriate successor to Mr. Jobs, though, in the face of the CEO's health problems. Reportedly, the company's directors are holding secret meetings behind the CEO's back.  (Source: AP Photo)
CEO Steve Jobs' health remains a major concern, yield secret succession meetings behind Mr. Jobs' back

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) currently finds itself a contentious figure in the tech industry, trying to bury the industry's smart phone leader Google Inc. (GOOG) in a sea of lawsuits [1][2][3][4][5].  Apple's critics will be swift to point to the fact that it's being outsold over two-to-one globally by Google.  But such criticism are essentially moot in the face of the cold, hard fact that Apple is still crushingly profitable.

I. Jackpot Earnings

Apple reported its fiscal quarter three 2011 (calendar Q2 2011) and yet again it's demolished the predictions of Wall Street's veteran analysts.  The analysts predicted $24.92B USD in revenue; Apple posted $28.57B USD -- an incredible 81 percent year to year growth.

That growth rode on the shoulders of soaring device sales.  The analysts predicted 16.5 million iPhones, 4.2 million Macs, and 7.8 million iPads sold and Apple delivered 20.34m iPhones, 3.95m Macs, and 9.25m iPads.  The iPhone and iPad sales represent growth of 42 and 83 percent, respectively.

Apple also drew $7.31B USD in net profit, up an extraordinary 125 percent from last year.  The sum is piled on Apple's growing mound of surplus cash

CEO Steven P. Jobs cheered, "We’re thrilled to deliver our best quarter ever, with revenue up 82 percent and profits up 125 percent. Right now, we’re very focused and excited about bringing iOS 5 and iCloud to our users this fall."

The company continues to write its own playbook, namely showing that you don't have to be on top of every market you're in to be one of the world's most profitable tech firms.  While Apple's handsets sales were short of its rivals' it boasted a far greater profit margin.

Apple's strong performance also shows that the company can convince millions to buy even relatively dated hardware, thanks to its incredibly strong brand image.  Apple's newest phone is over a year old, yet it's managed a frenzied pace of sustained sales growth.

II. Apple's Near Term Outlook

Amid all the excitement about the earnings, it's important to take a step back and examine both the company's potential upsides and downsides in the near term.

Looking at the tablet market, Apple appears to still be firing on all cylinders.  The company is still the market leader, with customers only slowly warming to the idea of Android tablets.  Apple's iPad 2 is roughly on par with the Android competition in price and, for the most part, specs (though its allotment of DRAM is still a bit low).  Apple looks to be growing fast enough to maintain a dominant position in this market for some time.

In the smart phone market, Apple's prospects are more mixed.  

On the upside, its recent victory over HTC Corp. (SEO:066570) illustrates U.S. courts may be willing to allow it to remove its Android competitors from the market.  Further, it reportedly has two new handsets coming within the next year, with iPhone generation six development reportedly proceeding at an accelerated pace.  Apple also is rumored to be looking forward with these next generation handsets to expanding to Deutsche Telekom AG's (DTE) T-Mobile USA and Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) -- gaining access to the final third of the friendly U.S. market.  All of these factors add up to increased sales.

On the other hand, Apple's growth is still far slower than Android's globally.  This is dangerous because Apple runs the risk of losing the war for developers, which in turn could slow Apple's growth while catalyzing Android's.

In the PC market, the 14 percent year-to-year growth was flatter than analysts predicted.  And Apple continues to struggle in international sales, failing to crack the top six in PCs globally.  Still, in the lucrative U.S. market Apple is the biggest success story, posting more growth than any other firm.  And the company continues to move aggressively to bring down its costs, which should compound its growth.

Finally, turning to software, iTunes continues to dominate the market, though antitrust clouds loom.  Speaking of clouds, the iCloud is incoming, which will offer customers the opportunity to trade their pirated tracks for high-quality lossless legal ones for a small monthly fee.  That service goes a bit beyond what Google and other foes like, Inc. (AMZN) are offering up, so it would be unsurprising to see a strong reception, particularly among the iPhone userbase.  

III. The Big Question -- Steve Jobs

Probably the most serious questions for Apple investors boil down to a single man -- the company's co-founder, Mr. Jobs.  Mr. Jobs is ostensibly on medical leave, though he remains CEO, continuing to direct company meetings, product development, media relations, and more.

The leave has stressed relations at Apple's tight-knit board of directors.  The board, which has six members in addition to Mr. Jobs, has traditionally been viewed as Mr. Jobs' puppets, with all the members being hand picked by Mr. Jobs himself.  However, a handful of directors are reportedly conducting a search for a successor, without the knowledge or the approval of the full board.

The meetings, revealed by sources of The Wall Street Journal, have been held for the past twelve years and ostensibly began due to Mr. Jobs' age.  At the time Mr. Jobs was 44.

However, they took on a more serious tone in 2004 when Mr. Jobs was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer.  While he was able to beat back the cancer, he again fell ill in 2009 when complications essentially destroyed his liver, forcing him to get a transplant.  It is unclear what his latest medical issues entail, but it's troubling for the company.

Mr. Jobs is widely viewed as the glue that holds Apple together, ever-exacting in his demand for thinner, lighter, more attractive gadgets.  At Apple Mr. Jobs has traditionally been judge, jury, and executioner -- no major decision was made without his approval.  And from a pure financial perspective he's been brilliant, despite his controversial reputation among tech observers.

Reportedly, after the latest medical leave the directors approached the head of a major tech company, and several high-level executive recruiting agencies.  The message seems clear -- Apple doesn't have a clear cut successor on the inside, so it's looking for an outside candidate when Mr. Jobs finally has to depart from his role.

Given Mr. Jobs relatively young age and uncertain health, no one knows exactly how soon that event may occur.  But some at Apple clearly aren't will to be caught unprepared.

The meetings reportedly are conducted once yearly under the shroud of utmost secrecy.  Recalls a source, "[Having a success plan is] best practice. Everybody in the room is sworn to secrecy as to what it [the succession] plan is."

The source said that Mr. Jobs eventual departure "is going to be traumatic" and comments that the successor will not be revealed until that happens, stating, "[the successor will be revealed only] when the CEO decides to retire or the board decides the CEO should not be the CEO anymore."

Mr. Jobs reportedly wrote The Wall Street Journal an email, seemingly blasting the secret meetings, commenting, "I think it's hogwash."

Clearly Mr. Jobs is loathe to relinquish his leadership role anytime soon.  And even when he does, observers believe he has a four year or more roadmap in place to guide future product development.

The real uncertainty for Apple, thus, will likely come not when Mr. Jobs leaves, but several years thereafter, when the final trace of his command are washed away by time.

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Every. Single. Post.
By Tafter on 7/19/2011 8:33:00 PM , Rating: 5
Every post of Jason Mick's regarding Apple starts with some variation of: Apple is suing everyone and they are being outsold 2-1 by Android. Every post. Practically without exception. It gets really old.

I found it funny that Mick's post regarding the patent lawsuits from a day or two back was labelled "EDITORIAL". Tip for you guys: you don't need to label Mick's articles as editorials. EVERY article he writes, especially on Apple, is heavily biased and laden with his personal opinions.

It is just poor, repetitive writing. I want coverage, not demagoguery. Head over to ArsTechnica if you want to see how excellent coverage with an occasional dash of opinion looks. They get it right and don't succumb to repetitive talking points column after column.

I just need to learn to stay away from DailyTech, I guess. Too bad. I used to enjoy it.

RE: Every. Single. Post.
By TakinYourPoints on 7/19/2011 8:52:37 PM , Rating: 3
DT is a tabloid. That it is on the Anandtech sidebar bothers me. Along with Ars it is among the top sites in terms of editorial integrity and balance. What it has on top of Ars is a thoroughness of hardware analysis and balanced comparisons that IMHO nobody can touch. On the sidebar is a parade of herp derp headlines, every single day. Really annoying.

RE: Every. Single. Post.
By TakinYourPoints on 7/19/2011 9:20:54 PM , Rating: 1
Also, here are some posts of mine from a month ago when Mick was declaring an exodus from the stock:

I knew it was a technical correction as it retraced to and was resting on major technical support (the 200 period moving average on weekly and monthly charts), which it hadn't touched in almost a year. The risk was if it broke below that level, that is a major reversal signal. I was busy in commodity ETFs at the time which felt like lower risk but also high return trades (GDX and OIH, both profitable), so I stayed on the sidelines aside from my main existing AAPL positions at ~$100.

What I should have taken into account as a short-term bullish signal, aside from the technicals, was the negative hype in the media and blogs. When financial and tech blogs start declaring doom & gloom, it is usually time to buy. They are incredibly accurate contrarian indicators. Trading is a zero-sum game, and if everyone is on the same side of a trade, that trade will generally lose. Buy low sell high. :)

This negative sentiment on top of the strong technical support was a full on "back the truck up" signal. Look at it now, 315 to 400 after-hours in a month, amazing. As I posted last month, very good range to buy into, but what always surprises me is how much faster AAPL accomplishes the things that people project (exceeding every other tech's market cap/gross income/net income, etc etc). Its crazy.

RE: Every. Single. Post.
By headbox on 7/19/11, Rating: 0
RE: Every. Single. Post.
By TakinYourPoints on 7/20/2011 3:03:20 PM , Rating: 2
Fanboys of any stripe are annoying. Alpha fanboys who devote their lives to sensationalist posts and herp derp image macros are the most pathetic of them all.

RE: Every. Single. Post.
By Tafter on 7/19/2011 9:58:46 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, anandtech is another great example. I've kind of fallen away from chasing the latest hardware, but there is still plenty there to keep me interested. I still miss Hannibal's CPU coverage at Ars. An undeniably boring topic yet he kept me reading.

Oh well, I can always come here and find people bickering about what a retina display really is under an article telling me which mobile OS is teh bestest.

RE: Every. Single. Post.
By TakinYourPoints on 7/20/2011 3:09:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'm continuously amazed at how thorough and balanced Anandtech's hardware reviews and editorials are. His SSD and smartphone coverage is some of the best out there.

RE: Every. Single. Post.
By flyingpants1 on 7/19/11, Rating: -1
RE: Every. Single. Post.
By room200 on 7/20/2011 3:38:53 AM , Rating: 2
And yet, here you are.

RE: Every. Single. Post.
By flyingpants1 on 7/20/11, Rating: -1
RE: Every. Single. Post.
By TakinYourPoints on 7/20/2011 3:05:43 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately there is the Anandtech front page with fantastic articles and editorials in the main body, and then there's this thing on the sidebar.

RE: Every. Single. Post.
By Samus on 7/20/11, Rating: 0
RE: Every. Single. Post.
By MrBlastman on 7/20/2011 11:25:59 AM , Rating: 3
This little space below the article is what makes DT so great. :)

RE: Every. Single. Post.
By Samus on 7/20/2011 12:20:33 PM , Rating: 2
lol, unique maybe, but not great :)

RE: Every. Single. Post.
By psonice on 7/20/2011 10:19:31 AM , Rating: 4
I emailed anand saying pretty much exactly this just yesterday. It's tarnishing the anandtech front page, they need a new news source.

RE: Every. Single. Post.
By Subzero0000 on 7/19/2011 9:40:00 PM , Rating: 2
Almost all the post from Jason Mick is labelled as "Blog" post these days. Did he get de-promoted or something?

And there is so much hatred in him. He really takes it personal about how Apple doing its things in the market.
It's like a guy betrayed by his ex-girlfriend. Desperately telling everyone that she's a whore.

My Android is outselling iphone, ok then.
But I don't mind people choosing iphone, it's their choice.

RE: Every. Single. Post.
By Kiffberet on 7/20/2011 8:15:34 AM , Rating: 1
It's obvious that DT approached Apple to try to sell advertising space and Apple told them to F-Off! They only want to be associated with QUALITY journalism and no second rate journalists.

In revenge DT now try their best to slap Apple down at least once a day.


RE: Every. Single. Post.
By BSMonitor on 7/20/2011 8:29:48 AM , Rating: 3
Exactly Jason Mick does nothing but flame Intel and Apple.

RE: Every. Single. Post.
By karimtemple on 7/20/2011 10:39:50 AM , Rating: 2
Yes. I've been laughing about this for weeks now. But I can't turn away!

RE: Every. Single. Post.
By emmettc on 7/20/2011 10:50:57 AM , Rating: 3
Thank you for expressing what I have been feeling for several months now. I'll follow your lead and check out ArsTechnica more frequently. DailyTech used to be on top of my "must" list every morning, but it's become much less so since all of the "editorializing."

RE: Every. Single. Post.
By smokedturkey on 7/20/11, Rating: 0
Jobs's plan for Apple after he leaves
By Pirks on 7/19/2011 6:48:41 PM , Rating: 5
1. Emphasize UI simplicity, intuitiveness and design, put the rest below these objectives
2. Top hardware specs don't bring top margins, top UI and design do
3. Keep everyting closed, controlled from top to bottom and vertically integrated, consumers love walled gardens
4. Bring only one (or two-three max) product models to market, remember we're selling to the people who don't like too much choice
5. Never sell cheap stuff, keep margins high, go for high margins not for high market share
6. Keep RDF and propaganda high, consumers are easily duped, good RDF propaganda brings more sales and $$$ in our pocket
7. Patent absolutely everything you can, including most universal and generic ideas, and sue your competitors whenever you stand to benefit
8. Stay focused on the core Apple markets and never adventure into more than one (max two) side ventures at a time
9. We are consumer oriented company so maintaining secrecy is always going to be our top priority. Keep our internal gestapo busy, ferret out leakers quick before they made real damage.
10. Don't hold it wrong!

RE: Jobs's plan for Apple after he leaves
By AssBall on 7/19/11, Rating: 0
RE: Jobs's plan for Apple after he leaves
By web2dot0 on 7/20/11, Rating: -1
RE: Jobs's plan for Apple after he leaves
By room200 on 7/20/2011 3:36:10 AM , Rating: 4
The market is speaking; Apple's lawyers have been doing all of the talking. The idea of the free market would have been, as in making cars, "oh you made a car, I'm going to make a car better than yours." or "Oh, you made a blender, I'll make a blender that does more than your does." Same with the Iphone. "Oh, you made a smartphone, I'll make one better than yours." Except Apple says, "No! anything that is ever made that even remotely does similar things to ours can NEVER be made. And we'll purchase other intellectual property that we have nothing to do with that will help us to sue you." Stop talking about the free market. This is all about bullying, lawsuits, and manipulation.

RE: Jobs's plan for Apple after he leaves
By Kiffberet on 7/20/11, Rating: -1
By Hieyeck on 7/20/2011 9:14:30 AM , Rating: 5
Stealing jobs? It's called capitalism. The Chinese will do it for cheaper. End of story.

Ironic isn't it. Americans demanding "job protection" like it's some Communist state. The only thing that'll protect American jobs is education, and that's already below former Soviet Bloc countries like Estonia and Poland (PISA-OECD 2009). The worst part is, it's the ONLY country (Table A1.2b -,3746,en_2649_392... where the population is LESS educated the younger they are.

Keep laughing.

By Aikouka on 7/20/2011 11:32:29 AM , Rating: 2
In regard to #2, I've always found it interesting that while their desktops and laptops are arguably "behind the curve", their mobile offerings tend to be top of the pack when released. For example, the A5's PowerVR SGX543MP2 is still the highest performing GPU in Anandtech's tests. I was actually a bit baffled when I saw the TI OMAP 4430 (their latest SoC) start arriving in phones, and it featured last generation's PowerVR SGX540. Although, to be fair, the 540 is pretty much on par with the Adreno 220.

so with all that cash
By kleinma on 7/19/2011 7:09:14 PM , Rating: 3
When is apple going to start paying a dividend on its stock?

RE: so with all that cash
By hiscross on 7/19/2011 7:12:59 PM , Rating: 1
Never and why should they?

RE: so with all that cash
By YashBudini on 7/20/2011 12:31:08 AM , Rating: 5
They do pay, he's just holding his shares wrong.

The wow factor
By Uncle on 7/19/2011 8:39:50 PM , Rating: 3
"Absolutely, Tony! That's what happens when you make the best products, offer the best development tools and provide the best end-to-end consumer ecosystem for them.
Shame other firms refuse to see beyond basic hardware specs."

Apple has the highest profit margins and a niche market that caters to the rich or the pretend wannabe rich. Sue until your competition gives in or goes out of business. Run your company with an iron fist and pay the workers enough to put up with the bullshit.

RE: The wow factor
By JoJoman88 on 7/19/2011 9:40:43 PM , Rating: 2
Yes it is just it, others are catching up to Apple so out come the lawsuites to keep them at bay or destroy them. I'll never understand the Apple cult that defends such a closed system,but oh wait! Thats what makes Apple products so great,play by Apple rules or don't play at all.So you will have no ploblems with your Apple product because Apple said it's OK to use that hardware/software with their product.
Don't think that this will not end for Apple. Someday they will slip and fall, they already act as if they never make mistakes! "Our computers/devices do not get malware/viruses etc". News to Apple, the higher you fly, the bigger target you become.

RE: The wow factor
By imaheadcase on 7/20/2011 6:14:22 AM , Rating: 2
Catching up with apple? Thats a good one.

Nothing apple has is new. Its just a 2010 car redid with a new body and calling it 2011.

By lukarak on 7/20/2011 3:28:08 AM , Rating: 2
It is being outsold 2:1 the same way Volkswagen Group is outselling Ferrari 800:1. They do have some overlapping products (Lamborghini and Bugatti), but most of its sales come from cheaper models. It is the same thing with Android and Apple.
The only interesting piece of information would be the number of products comparable to the iPhone, so Galaxy's, Droid's and similar stuff.

RE: 2:1
By Dr of crap on 7/20/2011 8:45:35 AM , Rating: 2
Good comparasion!

Since I'd never be able to buy a Ferrari, I'll go the way of the Android.

To bad Apple!

RE: 2:1
By bigboxes on 7/20/2011 10:25:38 AM , Rating: 1
Gump? Are they letting you on a pc again? Ferrari? LOL. Just when you thought it was safe to swim across the internet... along comes DUMBER! Anyways, Apple is behind in technology. All their products are old tech. Marketing and polish seems to do an awful lot. Yeah, great margins, but who is paying for that? iSheeple.

Uhh software?
By name99 on 7/20/2011 5:06:16 PM , Rating: 3
"Apple's strong performance also shows that the company can convince millions to buy even relatively dated hardware, thanks to its incredibly strong brand image."

Jason, did you ever think, for a minute, that maybe people buy that "relatively outdated hardwared" because they LIKE THE SOFTWARE IT RUNS?

You appear to want to be an Android cheerleader --- but your obsession with hardware at the expense of software is not helping your team. You know what WOULD help Android? Spending a little less time on "cutting edge hardware" and a little more time investigating what the BULK of Android customers want --- not what geeks want, not want Google engineers want, but what average customers find frustrating, limiting, irritating, or non-existent on the EXISTING hardware.

RE: Uhh software?
By TakinYourPoints on 7/20/2011 6:56:53 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty much. WP7 on Snapdragon or iOS on A4 is much faster and smoother than Android on the technically faster Hummingbird.

Make the OS smooth and then maybe tech specs will matter, until then it is bulletpoint marketing for neckbeards that has no bearing on reality.

Sure, Android may be choppy and unresponsive compared to old iOS and WM7 hardware, but OMG hardware specs!

can you guys stop spamming the word "ostensi$@$"
By andylawcc on 7/19/2011 6:51:20 PM , Rating: 2
pretty please...

By andylawcc on 7/19/2011 7:03:51 PM , Rating: 2
ostensibly, not "ostensi$@$"

JMs' plan
By icanhascpu on 7/19/2011 7:48:21 PM , Rating: 4
1. Paint Apple in a bad light through several stories in-front of an audience that has lost touch with reality how a business needs to survive and grew up with their big brother hating Apple.

2. Post a pro-Apple story while your face is doing this as hard as it can:

3. Sit back and watch the rabble rabble. Dance my minions dance.

Who is that?
By YashBudini on 7/20/2011 12:29:12 AM , Rating: 2
Is that Liz Vassey in the top photo?
Wendy Simms from CSI Las Vegas?

RE: Who is that?
By umop apisdn on 7/20/2011 2:51:47 PM , Rating: 2
Her name's Lea Anne, apparently.

the stench of rotten apples
By Shadowmaster625 on 7/20/11, Rating: 0
RE: the stench of rotten apples
By Tony Swash on 7/20/2011 10:58:28 AM , Rating: 3
This company is an abomination. How can 9 million people be so stupid as to spend nearly $1000 on a device that serves no useful function? The trough needs to be dumped. These pigs are too fat. 90% of the people who use these pieces of iCrap dont even work for a living, and if they have children, those children will grow up into a world with no jobs because their parents were too stupid and irresponsible to understand what happens when you give all your money to a company that exports jobs. The culture of stupidity that swirls around this company and everything it represents is mindboggling. To an addict it is the greatest thing since sliced bread. To any sane rational observer, it is the stench of death. No amount of iCrap will ever mask the pure stupidity and irresponsibility of apple customers. They are flushing this country down the toilet even faster than the public sector unions.

OK - if you carry on getting so worked up about consumer durables that you don't own, which no one is forcing you to buy and for which there are plenty of non-Apple alternatives not only will you make yourself ill but you are in danger of making yourself look a bit of an over excitable fool in public.

Ask yourself this, why does what other people buy upset you so much? it seems a bit irrational to me, like getting angry about what brand of washing machine other people buy.

Clearly the iPad is not for you but also clearly the iPad delights many millions of people. The best way to deal with that is to just shrug and move on.

Sent from my iPad

The China factor
By ack on 7/19/2011 9:20:18 PM , Rating: 2
AFAIK, Android activations don't include China, while Apple's does, so the numbers are skewed. Seems none of analysts realize this. But both iOS and Android will continue to do very well.

By imaheadcase on 7/20/2011 6:11:07 AM , Rating: 2
I never understood the appeal of apple products, what is so great about them anyways? I always found other MP3 players better,laptops, even tablets are better than ipads.

Everything seemed to overpriced to me, let alone not standard with rest of the stuff you buy in terms of usability. I played with a friends new macbook before, it was just so, bleh in terms of function. Same with someones iphone, i was like this is such a clunky UI. My old windows mobile 6 phone was bad, but it was worse.

Most people I know when they think of apple, they think "good for video editing".

By judasmachine on 7/20/2011 9:27:06 AM , Rating: 2
Now they put all the lawsuit money in their pocket. That will buy a lot of latte.

Fandroid site
By shompa on 7/20/2011 10:10:35 AM , Rating: 2
Time to stop reading this site.
The writer is obsessed with Google. The sad thing is that he uses this writing style only to get more clicks on the site. Not because he believes what he writes.

Why not accept that both Android and iOS can co exist? Both are good products?

The rating system on this site is a fail since fanboys vote down anything that they don't believe.

By nofumble62 on 7/20/2011 12:39:48 AM , Rating: 1
born naked, die same way.

By yuioking on 7/21/2011 9:36:02 PM , Rating: 1
h t t p : / / w w w . b e n z l o g o . c o m
I tide fashion Good-looking, not expensive

How pleasing
By Tony Swash on 7/19/11, Rating: -1
RE: How pleasing
By johnnycanadian on 7/19/11, Rating: -1
RE: How pleasing
By Taft12 on 7/19/2011 10:24:01 PM , Rating: 1
Shame other firms refuse to see beyond basic hardware specs.

It's only DT posters that are obsessed with hardware specs. The industry's biggest companies don't refuse, they repeatedly try and fail. See the Dell Adamo, HP Envy, Acer's wishes to "be more like Apple", Palm Pre and WebOS, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy, Dell Streak, MS Zune, ...

All of the biggest companies in tech have tried bringing some cool products to market and emulate Apple's success. There's a shitload of great devices on that list. All marketplace failures or mild success at best quickly forgotten.

RE: How pleasing
By Samus on 7/20/2011 1:58:03 AM , Rating: 1
But how could you forget Foxconn, Tony?

Chin Luo, the poor Chinese boy, he wakes up at night, unable to sleep in the concentration-camp bunker after a 15 hour shift, and all he wants to do is save up seventy-two cents a day to pay for his moms cancer treatments. But he can't leave, they won't let him, even if it is to take a better paying job in a more humane working environment. The only way out is suicide.

Apple dividends = blood money.

RE: How pleasing
By web2dot0 on 7/20/2011 2:09:28 AM , Rating: 2
Hey Dude, you do know that Foxconn does business aside from Apple right?

Like somehow all these motherboards and assembly of other companies products are all made in USA ... right ....

Get your head out of your ass and realize that everyone is doing the same thing. It's not a good thing, but to point all the fingers towards Apple is absurd. If you don't want to contribute to the problem, don't buy anything made or assembled in China.

Good luck on that bud.

RE: How pleasing
By flyingpants1 on 7/20/2011 5:55:26 AM , Rating: 2
Great post, except boycotting goods manufactured with Chinese labor wouldn't actually do anything (except maybe make him feel better, and after reading this sentence maybe not even that).

RE: How pleasing
By Tony Swash on 7/20/11, Rating: -1
RE: How pleasing
By silverblue on 7/20/2011 12:08:39 PM , Rating: 2
If you are referring to the Galaxy S, well... if 10 million+ units is a failure...

RE: How pleasing
By styrafoam on 7/20/2011 2:05:09 AM , Rating: 2
In the working world specs are what gets things done.

RE: How pleasing
By themaster08 on 7/20/2011 3:04:21 AM , Rating: 4
Exactly why all of those teenage girls are buying the iPhone in droves. I've known people that have owned the black iPhone 4, only to get rid of it and buy the white one when it was released! I mean, what did that achieve? Do people really value a colour that much? Sheer vanity at its utmost.

As for the iPad - None of my friends or relatives own one. However I've noticed quite a lot of business owners/directors purchase one with some of their company's spare cash. Whilst they're swiping away playing Angry Birds and reading their emails (whilst sat at a PC with email functionality), their company's IT is struggling to cope with 8-year-old PCs that are ready to die, having to be repaired in some form or other on a daily basis. Computers that are barely capable of viewing a web page, hardly providing a productive tool for the worker when they're having to call their IT company multiple times a week with the same issues. Now wouldn't that money have been better spent improving the efficiency of their IT, with computers that are not almost 10 years old?

It just seems to be where Apple's products appear, all logic is thrown out the window.

RE: How pleasing
By Dr of crap on 7/20/2011 8:50:00 AM , Rating: 2
You do relize the money to be made from breaking your two year contract? For me I'd have to pay over $150 to get out of my two year deal. The places make a mint on that!

Of course I'd not switch phones/plans just becuase of a new phone, a phones options or color!

RE: How pleasing
By Taft12 on 7/20/2011 1:15:30 PM , Rating: 2
Not really true anymore.

Today, specs only matter for servers and the workstations of developers and digital artists. The rest of the company can get by fine with Core 2-caliber laptops and desktops.

"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs

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