How long can Apple stay on top?
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Maybe it's Apple vs. Apple being its own worst enemy. Because Apple is the only company that won't even let you change your battery yourself. The smarter the public gets, the less they want to be spoon-fed and treated like morons. Remember when AOL was number one back in the day when most of the general public didn't know how to use a modem? So it will be with Apple.
The same thing will happen to Apple's electronic products. Apple also does not have a wide enough array of products to warrant it's market valuation. It is only a matter of time before they fall. There is only one company in the Dow today that was in it at the beginning. That is GE because they had a wide enough array of products to buffer them against bankruptcy or
irrelevance of their products over time.
The better header-- How Far Can Apple Drop?
You have a tech company who's genius passed away and left an administrative worm to bumble it into decay. Too expensive, too proprietary, too complex with mind-zapping features. You can't eat an i-Pad and most users are facing instability ahead because their jobs are in unsustainable areas. When you consider how much big-finance money is stuffed under the peel, you realize that any sudden jerk will pull it loose and send it dropping. Without indigenous tangible assets... the bottom is zero.
I heard one analyst said, nowaday Apple is just like JDS Uniphase at its glorious day.
I am a business person and I am never able to convince myself to purchase an Apple computer. Businesses mostly use PC systems (Miscrosoft Server, Exchange, Sharepoint ...). I figured that if I use Apple computer, I will have to pay double for the same hardware and need to pay extra money for parallel to slow my system down in order to run my PC softwares. Sometimes, I have difficulty in understanding my friends using Apple for their businesses when the software are only avaliable in PC based. Yesterday, one of my friends told me that he spent $XX,000 in Apple Laptops and ipads for his "cloud computing" but the softwares his use are only avaliable in PC. He likes the hardware (i.e. the look) and I think his staff ask for Apple laptops. I bet they will regret in 6 months. If I am not a business person, I may purchase an Apple computer for home use. Beside,there are lots more PC support tech guys out there than Apple. I believe PC users can have their computer questions and user problems deal with quicker and cheaper than Mac users
Apple is grossly over-valued and cannot remain the most valuable company much longer. The truth is they are merely a bit player in the IT world...more of a toy manufacturer than a serious competitor. Their products are overpriced and generally inferior to the competition. -- be it Microsoft, Samsung, Google, or any number of others. Sell now!
I used to use iphone until I change the cell phone company. My cell phone company uses a newer telephone system and iphone cannot keep up with the network technology. Even iphone 5 cannot work on the system
Apple is all about a cult-like marketing scheme. Once the Apple zombies wake up and realize that they are paying much more for products that don't work as well, the jig will be up and Apple's stock will crash.
Apple is like an Air Jordan sneaker or a prom dress. It is not technically worth what you pay for it, it is not better or worse than its competitors, but it fills a special spot for people who need help with their self esteem. Sometimes you just want to be part of the cool group and buying apple lets you buy your way into the club. Our society is still riding a cult of celebrity where a large portion of people want to be like their favorite kardashian, NBA player, or honey boo boo. Apple knows how to market to these people. Whether they stay on top will have to do with (1) can they keep their image up to par (2) can they take advantage of the next superficial need of the unthinking masses. Big business at its best.
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