Sources: IFO Apple Store, Apple Insider
quote: Welcome to post-Steve Jobs Apple. Love him or hate him, Steve made the company an innovation and profit monster. Current management has no idea what to do going forward, so they fall back to traditional corporate thinking - coast on their following, cut corners where they can, and make as much money as they can before the bottom drops out. Sure, Apple products are over-priced and locked into their proprietary systems, but Jobs knew how to make people want them.
quote: Or if the Mac's performance since bringing Intel onboard was somehow lacking
quote: To criticize people for buying sleek, stylish products over mass quantity, cheaply made as possible revenue churners is pretty lame.
quote: You can dislike Apple for its policies and practices, but don't blame the customers who enjoy simple, straightforward computing experiences... In a shiny box, as you say.
quote: The post-pc whiners are having a hard time getting over the fact that their dull PC is fading into the sunset.
quote: Apple customers just are far more gullible than others and will pay a premium for shinier things than others have.
quote: At the most basic level, Jobs served as the champion for former retail chief Ron Johnson's vision of Apple stores focused on consumer satisfaction, and without Jobs to protect that vision Apple has slipped into a numbers-focused perspective for its retail operations."Johnson was champion of customer satisfaction, designing and staffing the stores to provide a superior experience for visitors and buyers alike. He was able to win over Steve Jobs with the concept that revenue and profit should be a secondary goal of Apple’s retail stores. But in 2009, Jobs took six months of medical leave and put Tim Cook in charge of the company, including the retail stores. Cook is primarily an “operations guy,” sources explain, and his natural focus is revenues and profits, not customers. While Jobs was away, Cook and chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer began to confront Johnson on his customer-centric retail philosophy—both felt the stores didn’t generate enough revenues to justify operating expenses."
quote: But the Genius crew wasn't just yanking all these phones so they could make calls with both ears. They took them just so they could break them. Ronald used this inventory loophole—which he and Jake both say is harder to exploit these days—to go through countless iPhones for the sheer absurdity of it. At parties with other Apple employees, they'd all get tanked, pull out their phones, and spike them to the ground, laughing as the Gorilla Glass and circuits sprayed. Sounds more entertaining than flip cup, at least—and to Jake and the rest, it was a sort of game. How many phones could they squeeze out of oblivious, infinitely-stocked Apple? In the early days of the phone, the only limit seemed to be the audacity of the Geniuses. They even traded gear for free drinks.
quote: Apple alone, just hiring unnecessary retail employees and paying them a total of $10 billion, could cause a huge upsurge in the US economy and help a lot of people recover their lives.