Comments on: Apple: The slaying of a tech hero A clear-eyed view from Zachary Karabell Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:10:54 +0000 hourly 1 By: Reagyluke Thu, 31 Jan 2013 05:24:09 +0000 Look at Amazon. Just think about how it’s possible for a company to lose money over consecutive financial quarters and still be the darling of Wallstreet.

Now cast an eye toward Apple. They’re consistently making money. They have done so for the past five years and have done so with real, physically crafted products. They’ve been innovative for so long that any slight iteration on an existing product is considered a sign of a company that has lost its innovative spirit with the passing of its founder (has the trusty PC been as ridiculed over the years for its slight design terations or spec improvements? Nope. But neither have cars or planes or trains). Not to mention that the fact that the company has already upended the music business, mobile telecommunications business and kickstarted the post pc (they coined it) era with the iPhone and iPad. They’ve redifined what a mobile device is capable of leaving competitors scrambling and at least one doing its very best to emulate it from the ground up leading to much deserved lawsuits. All this from a company that has lost billions of share value because they “missed” some Wallstreet analysts imagined forecasts which they pulled out of their asses.


By: Cleveland2012 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 07:51:08 +0000 Steve Jobs was driven to make money, to make money no matter what, and he pursued this from the very first business deal he made, which was dishonest. Look around and note that millions of people think that having the latest Apple product is one of the most important aspects of their lives. This tomfoolery is a coup that Apple created. All of this excitement about Mr. Jobs is misplaced. Greed is not a virtue, even when it gets joined to a powerful intellect.

By: brotherkenny4 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:47:48 +0000 Computers and computer toys and even the things that these toys can do, do not account for the majority of our economy. Computers cannot build things and grow food and defend the country. At best they are tools and as such they are failures. Apples, PCs or whatever, they are junk. Now, most americans would never know this since they are not bright enough.

By: ShiroiKarasu Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:10:33 +0000 I think all of this noise about Apple’s share value is just that; noise. They did not suddenly become this lurching, awkward copycat making less than good products because Steve Jobs died and the iPhone 5 doesn’t chop your carrots, have a built in helicopter rotor, and tie ties for you.

The assertion one of the commenters made about people switching to PCs is laughable. The PC environment is not stable enough to do what needs doing. Maybe in audio, I know a lot of people use things like Pro-Tools. Outside of audio, Mac still dominates. My best friend is a successful freelance designer/photographer and uses Mac with the Adobe suite because it’s far more stable on Mac than it ever was on his PC. The company I worked for recently bought their ad department graphic designer an iMac for the same reason and he’s produced great work on it. These are anecdotes, but then again, so are the absurd assertions that creative industries are fleeing Mac in droves.

It is true that the smartphone and tablet market is super volatile, but I think it’s a good thing for Apple to be involved in it. They are forced to be agile and innovative. Also, while it may be volatile, the so-called “iToy” market is not going anywhere. People who can’t afford full blown computers are using tablets and the like. When the day comes that tablet sized computers will be able to run advanced programs like Adobe and so on (it will come), Apple needs to be ready and be able to provide the same stable experience that’s made it popular among people who want to get creative things done.

This post coming from someone who went from PC to Linux and, after hating Apple for a while, started using a MacPro and will never go back to anything else.

By: EthicsIntl Mon, 28 Jan 2013 03:33:12 +0000 Whatever the reasons for Wall Street’s downward reassessment of Apple, the foundation that Apple was built on has been neglected and has eroded beyond repair.

Apple succeeded mainly by the support of the graphic professionals & enterprises that it used to serve so well with solid workstations and reliable notebooks. This is what made Apple a big success.

Hand held devices, iPhones & iPads, are transient fads, toys, just like fashionable attires, with their in and out of fashion cycles. Great for quick profits, but unsustainable for the long run.

Around 2005 Apple’s workstations & notebooks quality & reliability began to fail, and Apple’s response to frustrated costumers was inadequate and arrogant. Apple was too bussy on their latest iToys.

Professionals had to struggle, and still do, to find the causes & solutions with faulty expensive Apple products without any help from Apple.

Former Apple die-hards have been quietly & quickly switching over to superior PC’s and for 1/4 the cost of overpriced and inferior Apple lemons.

Even if Apple was able to refocus and regain confidence in reliability and with competitive pricing, it has left too sour an experience to bring back its former loyal customers.

By: Pangaea7 Sun, 27 Jan 2013 17:34:46 +0000 As often “Quoted” by the News Media ” If it BLEEDS, it Leads”
Yes Fame is fleeting and yes Apple has enjoyed it’s 15 minutes of Fame….

Now it’s Samsungs TURN to feel the Warmth/Glare of the spotlights !!!

Perhaps this is a Blessing for Apple so it can RE-FOCUS on innovating excellent products, bring it’s manufacturing back to the U.S.A. and someday re-ignite the publics/shareholders excitement.

Hey Apple!!!! Remember…. the CUSTOMER and attention to GREAT customer Service is # 1 on your TO DO list.

By: boxerconan Sun, 27 Jan 2013 02:31:23 +0000 Just watch CNBC, they spend about 1/5 of time talking about Apple and mostly negative. I just don’t understand why they like to say Sammy is killing Apple? Sammy has more carriers (twice of Apple), and infrastructure in emerging market is extensive. According to Sammy’s latest numbers, their mobile revenues only grew 4% sequentially. This is mind boggling that they only grew so little during the holiday quarter. Yet media was pumping how Sammy is taking over Apple.

Apple’s problem is that they are pretty much saturated in high end market. They need to be more agile. One model change a year is not going to help. They can build 3 tier iPhone strategy, high-end, mid range, and low end (for non contract type market). Apple needs to excite geeks and pros by high end iPhones and offset the gross margin squeeze due to the low-end model. Sammy introduced 38 phones last year. If anything, Apple is being beat by Sammy’s agility.

By: reality-again Sat, 26 Jan 2013 13:49:21 +0000 What’s happening with Apple’s stock is simply a correction in the way the more sophisticated investors perceive the company’s potential for growth. They’ve embraced a more realistic view.
This has little to do with the company’s actual performance, which is pretty good.
In other words, the question to be asked is not why the stock is going down, but what were people thinking when they bought it at unrealistic prices.

By: OneOfTheSheep Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:08:44 +0000 “Apple continues to do its business exceedingly well and continues to give people what they need and want.”

What the doomsayers ignore is that it was only their own reading of the tea leaves that was “behind the curve” during Apple’s” unprecedented ascent. That is why they have proven overly eager to “jump ship” to avoid being “caught” doing the same thing on the way down.

But Apple is NOT on “the way down”. It is simply unable to maintain an unprecedented rate of financial growth. Well, duh? These people are shooting themselves in the foot, but they are also thus creating a unique opportunity for safe profit at a time this is exceeding rare.

By: dang1 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:57:08 +0000 Apple overhyping overpriced trinkets is not a positive catalyst in our world today