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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Nov 12, 2012 3:09PM
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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.

Nov 12, 2012 1:57PM
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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.

Nov 12, 2012 1:56PM
Nov 12, 2012 1:28PM
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Worldwide customers are smart enough to make their own choice, ultimate decision, and buy their products as long as you make them happy with innovate solution, great customer service, and wonderful experience.
Nov 12, 2012 1:12PM
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It's funny how liberals and the liberal media rail against big corporations but their darling Apple can do no wrong. In the meantime chinese workers hurl themselves from the upper stories of the mega-sweatshops where your precious apple products are made......... However I think they have installed nets under windows to prevent this...so all good.
Nov 12, 2012 1:06PM
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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!

 

 

Nov 12, 2012 12:58PM
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Apple will fall at some point they all do, look at history, may not be today maybe in years, at some point something will happen, I like some apple products, but I tend to lean towards thngs that meet my needs and give me the freedom to them, be it apple, andoid, windows, makes no difference to me..:)
Nov 12, 2012 11:16AM
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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.

Nov 12, 2012 10:43AM
Nov 12, 2012 10:38AM
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Hi People who have watch the Light bulb Conspiracy shown in BBC then after you watch this you will know why products are not perfect and it cannot be perfect. because world economy will stop.
Nov 12, 2012 9:49AM
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Talk to those Apple users and they will gush on about how  Apple must be good because EVERYONE has one.  Then they will blabber on about how they had  version 1,2,3, 4 and are now standing in line for version 5.   What all these new versions offer is just more social gimmickry aimed at that middle school  " in crowd" mentality.  Do you really need to know what the weather is on Mars?    If you distill out all the silly stuff and get down to the basics, you would find that  version 1 still does the job fine.  Eventually this crowd will numb out to the whole hype or find another more enticing plaything and Apple will drop like a stone.  Apple's record of slave driving offshore manufacturing is a poor fit for those Starbucks drinking/ Apple loving types who mouth a lot of liberal do-gooderisms as long as it doesn't interfere with their playthings. 
       I remember the old Apple commercial where the guy throws the sledge hammer through the screen showing Big Brother to those gray masses of  zombies.  Ironically those gray masses are today's Apple buying drones and Big Brother was Steve Jobs.
Nov 12, 2012 9:33AM
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Apple has 5% of the computer market share.  When their tiny percentage was the case 15 years ago one could argue that it's just a matter of time until the majority figure out the machines are better.  That may have actually been true when they used Motorola chips and were genuinely different than PCs.  At this point we have all been exposed to the Apple/Mac platform.  I believe that most smart people have realized that the only advantage of an Apple or Mac product is its looks (besides the ipad 3 for its display -- which I own).  PCs perform as well or better with graphics and are less expensive.  Now the question is when will the 5% realize that all that glitters is not gold?
Nov 12, 2012 6:32AM
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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

Nov 12, 2012 6:17AM
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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

 

Nov 11, 2012 9:34PM
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I love how these comparisons make no sense at all haha.
Nov 10, 2012 12:59PM
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 Apple has a LOT of competition now for the same products. Before they did not.. End of story, they stagnate
Nov 10, 2012 12:56PM
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 How long can Facebook stay on top. Someday someone will offer what Sirius Radio did. The same platform with no ads for a monthly subscription-- WITH privacy GUARANTEED!  Many would jump at the offer of say $5 amonth
Nov 10, 2012 2:22AM
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what android fans fail to realize is the most consumers want a phone that just plain works.  90% of the people i talk to that can afford cell phones are not technically savvy and don't want to be messing around with a phone that is open source and will let any aspiring app developer write an app that locks up their phone.

I have owned 2 different android phones (HTC EVO and Samsung EPIC) and the iPhone 4s and now the 5 and it is my opinion that the iPhone is a WAY better device then the Android devices.

My iPhone's have never crashed, spontaneously rebooted or locked up where as with the Android devices, it was a weekly occurrence.

I think people will always buy what they perceive to be the best device for them and until Android puts a clamp on app developers or produces a OS that apps cant crash, lockup or reboot a phone, they have a long way to go to appeal to the masses.

Android and linux distro are for geeks, Windows is for the average joe and apple is for the folks who value fashion or function, my opinion...


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