How long can Apple stay on top?
It's the biggest company now, but consumers are fickle, management makes mistakes and competitors don't sit still. Here's a look at the 7 companies who've been No. 1 in the past 20 years.
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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.
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 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!
Each of these company's supply different needs to different consumers. I believe Apple will stay on top, android and microsoft are getting lofty but at the expense of complication. I have an ipad, a macbook, and an iphone and people who have android tablets and phone, etc are often asking me for help with their devices. I also had a friend who really loved her android, she tried the ipad and got hooked. She done traded in all her androids for apple products. I love that I have iphone4 and now am able to update my software directly from the phone now, I couldn't do that before (only iphone4S). I love it. The only thing is that with all pc's you have to pay to update the operating system because some things won't be compatible. I love my macbook, had it since 2008 and I have never endured a virus or any shut down issues like most other pc's.
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
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
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