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Samsung score a victory over Apple

Samsung has had a pretty rough couple of week following its loss to Apple in a California district court. Samsung was found guilty of infringing on various Apple design patents and was ordered to pay $1.05 billion in damages. To add insult to injury, Apple is looking to add the flagship Galaxy S III to the banned list in the U.S.
Even with all of that bad news swirling around Samsung, the South Korean company can at least take solace in the fact that its Galaxy S III has knocked the Apple iPhone 4S off its perch as the best-selling smartphone in America.

Samsung Galaxy S III
"We believe this is the first month since the iPhone 4S launched in October 2011 that it was not the top-selling smartphone in the U.S. market," said Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley.
However, Samsung's victory over Apple may be short-lived. Apple has officially confirmed a September 12 press event to announce the next generation iPhone. Sales will likely start towards the end of September.

Source: CNET

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By Tony Swash on 9/4/2012 6:57:32 PM , Rating: 1
if Apple's unit sales are small enough, it risks losing its air of superiority and developer edge that are currently driving sales.

That made me spit my tea on my desk. "if Apple's unit sales are small enough". Best joke all week, it's the way you tell them!

The former (losing the brand image battle) is particularly worrisome, as Apple's product is currently overpriced (see its profit margins) due to customers "feeling" it's better, with few tangibles to explain why.

This was almost as funny but lacked the punch of your one liner.

If Apple gets outsold badly enough and is viewed as inferior by the masses, the masses won't be willing to pony up as much cash for the iPhone and profits will slide, which will further exacerbate the sales crunch. That's essentially what happened to its Macs in the 1990s.

Not saying that will happen for sure, but the danger to Apple's future growth is high, even if it is banking record-shattering profits.

I guess as ever - Apple are doooomed!

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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