Apple or hate it, it's impossible to deny that Apple knows how to
make a hit product. The company currently has the largest
market cap of any tech company in the world. After
returning from medical leave Apple CEO Steve Jobs returned swinging
for the fences, announcing the
iPad tablet computer in January. The iPad launched in Wi-Fi
form on April 3 (U.S.), in 3G
form on April 30 (U.S.), and finally in nine more
May 28.Apple quickly blazed through sales of 1
million and 2
million units, leading some analysts to predict it could
sell as many as 8
million units this year.It certainly looks like
that's a strong possibility, considering that Apple just sold its 3
millionth iPad on Monday, only 80 days after the device's
launch. Steve Jobs cheered the news, stating, "People are
loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives. We're
working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more
people around the world, including those in nine more countries next
month."With the iPad, the tablet has become a hot
new field of computing, which many say could rival netbooks
or even traditional PCs. After Apple's success many companies
to release tablets, but none of them have made it to market in
the U.S. yet.What makes the sales of the iPad particularly
impressive is that they were generated during the traditionally weak
summer months. Between back-to-school shopping and the holiday
season, Apple can anticipate sales to possibly rise in the near
term.Given this, we would raise the previous analyst
estimates and actually estimate that Apple will sell between 9
million and 11 million iPads this year.
quote: hang on Steve Jobs' every word.
quote: We're not going to beat around the bush -- in our approximation, the iPhone 4 is the best smartphone on the market right now.
quote: Not really. Apple has a lot of fans because their products are very shiny and expensive
quote: Other companies would have similar fans if their products sold as well as Apple's do.
quote: Pretty much everything Apple has come out with has been done beofre they thought of it they just have a monster marketing department & lots of people on the koolaid.
quote: As an example, my GF bitches constantly about the rooted android i bought for her (she wants her crapberry back)Why? Because all she wants is a simple texting machine. Is she stupid for not realizing how superior the android os is over the blackberry? No. She just wants the best and simplest product for what she uses it for.
quote: It's not about having a superior/inferior product, for most, it's sticking to the status quo because that's the easiest method. No thought process required.
quote: When purchasing a product, logic is required in order to pick the right product for your own needs, especially when that market is saturated with many fantastic choices.Unfortunately, for many, logic seems to find itself lost when most illiterate consumers purchase their products. So they base their decisions on what they know, i.e. marketing campaigns and hearsay, both of which Apple are profoundly known for.Their devices are household names. The names iPod and iPhone are what immediately come to the minds of the illiterate when talking about a device from their respective categories.Alternatives are usually a second thought/non thought, which is a shame really. Unfortunately, I can't see this changing any time soon. Say "Android" to the masses and they'll be wondering what the hell you're on about. The same goes for alternatives to the iPod.It's not about having a superior/inferior product, for most, it's sticking to the status quo because that's the easiest method. No thought process required.
quote: So then, what you're saying (in a nutshell), is that Apple products are designed for tech morons?
quote: The answers Techies come up are fairly predictable:- Apple consumers and users are idiots: Fooled by marketing and glitzy packaging the sheep can be sold everything.
quote: quote: So then, what you're saying (in a nutshell), is that Apple products are designed for tech morons?Thanks for confirming one of my points
quote: So you think that those masses use logic and consideration of other devices before making their choice?Marketing, hype and hearsay play no part in their decisions?How do these people make their purchasing decisions?
quote: Considering how tech oriented the world is becoming what you say just makes the future look more bleak for Apple. It also explains why Apple doesn't do so well in the rest of the world apart from the iPod. They actually have logic, memory, and the ability to learn. As a result, they've found other products far more suitable.
quote: Because Techies believe that these are the real reason people buy Apple products (other than the more obvious reason which is that consumers actually like them a lot) Techies also believe that this state of affairs cannot possibly last and therefore the final piece of the Techie response to Apple falls into place. Deranged by TAC Techies often come up with the most delusional statement of all - Apple is doomed.
quote: thanks for yet another lecture, oh great one.