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Old 01-26-2013, 04:16 PM   #106
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Someday soon, you will put your abundantly powerful phablet (OK, I said it) down near your desk, press a button on your Bluetooth keyboard, and link the device to your immersive monitors, soul shaping speakers, and other peripherals. Moore's law.
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:20 PM   #107
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:21 PM   #108
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:24 PM   #109
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Someday soon, you will put your abundantly powerful phablet (OK, I said it) down near your desk, press a button on your Bluetooth keyboard, and link the device to your immersive monitors, soul shaping speakers, and other peripherals. Moore's law.
Before that I want this to become reality:
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:58 PM   #110
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Im kind of glad to see this happening to Apple. It seems everytime there is a new product roll out- either Jobs or Cook would always rant about how good apple is and how the competition stinks bla bla bla
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:13 PM   #111
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Im kind of glad to see this happening to Apple. It seems everytime there is a new product roll out- either Jobs or Cook would always rant about how good apple is and how the competition stinks bla bla bla
Isn't that part of the job description of a CEO? You get to hear more rants from Apple because the media is more interested in them.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:47 PM   #112
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Isn't that part of the job description of a CEO? You get to hear more rants from Apple because the media is more interested in them.
I don't think it has been historically. I think it is something that arrived with the silicon valley startups. Generally, people show respect for their competition. Humility makes one more likable and vanquishing (or being vanquished by) a worthy opponent is more respectable.

The uber kids that are the face of the computing industry were CEOs before they had a chance to learn respect and manners. So, we got a lot of breath holding and name calling. Their success made this fashionable. Kind of a shame.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:17 PM   #113
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I don't think it has been historically. I think it is something that arrived with the silicon valley startups. Generally, people show respect for their competition. Humility makes one more likable and vanquishing (or being vanquished by) a worthy opponent is more respectable.

The uber kids that are the face of the computing industry were CEOs before they had a chance to learn respect and manners. So, we got a lot of breath holding and name calling. Their success made this fashionable. Kind of a shame.
I was born in the 80's. When was this show of respect going on?
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:26 PM   #114
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I was born in the 80's. When was this show of respect going on?
You missed it. If you want to see what it looked like, watch the press conferences before the Superbowl.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:27 PM   #115
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Isn't that part of the job description of a CEO? You get to hear more rants from Apple because the media is more interested in them.
Mostly because the media *uses* Apple.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:11 AM   #116
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I won't be helping Apple out ever. The company took on the personality of Steve and should they go bust then so be it.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:42 AM   #117
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I won't be helping Apple out ever. The company took on the personality of Steve and should they go bust then so be it.
The problem with Apple going bust (not that it's going to happen soon, etc.) is that it will be followed by increased concern that the market for devices is falling, which will screw up the economy further. Components manufacturers will feel it first, but the effects will not stop there.

I'm not saying that you should go and buy Apple products to keep them going, but if the management screws things up so badly that they lead one of the most profitable companies to ruin, everybody is going to feel the effects.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:23 PM   #118
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The problem with Apple going bust (not that it's going to happen soon, etc.) is that it will be followed by increased concern that the market for devices is falling, which will screw up the economy further. Components manufacturers will feel it first, but the effects will not stop there.

I'm not saying that you should go and buy Apple products to keep them going, but if the management screws things up so badly that they lead one of the most profitable companies to ruin, everybody is going to feel the effects.
You're close. Your observations are spot on, but I have other thoughts on cause and effect.

I think the cause is the rapid acceleration of change coupled with a high level of satisfaction and the effect is that people sit tight waiting to see what comes next.

When it was just Apple, there was an ever increasing throng of consumers waiting for the next version. It was going to be much better than what you had and not as good as what was to come. Some people bought every release and others held on for a bit, but you decided when Apple announced the next product.

Now, if Apple doesn't get it just right, you can sit tight to see if Samsung, Amazon, or Google do. In my house, we postponed upgrading our Fires for a year to see if Amazon would add 4g to the 8" models. While we were waiting, I got interested in the Surface. Amazon may lose out on the sale. Everyone lost out on a sale while I wait to see what happens next.

I wouldn't lose too much sleep over this. This is what commoditization is all about. This is the peak of consumer advantage. Before long, players will start leaving the market and technology and prices will stabilize.
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Anything that's flying high will come down at some point. Expectations by analysts seemed increasingly to be decoupled from reality.
Anyway, I'm somewhat sceptical about those TV rumors. The discussion centers on the US, but Apple is also making tons of money in Europe and in Asia. If Apple encounters such problems launching a TV service just in the US, then how would that work out abroad with public TV networks and regulators entering the picture?
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Another question. How would a company as prudish as Apple handle the issue that their customers may want to see adult content on their TVs?
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