For Apple, Holidays Are Going to Be Very Appy

8 thoughts on “For Apple, Holidays Are Going to Be Very Appy”

  1. In the US people love the iPhone and hate the AT&T network. Here in Ne Zealand we have data caps and slow broadband, so we’ll probably like our Apple TV, but hate our ISP.

  2. Apple’s outsize market capitalization is largely based on its presumed eventual conquest in smartphones. In the face of growing competition from Android though, iPhone buyers are now mostly replacing customers, and a couple more quarters of iPhone’s stalled growth- three plateaued 2010 quarters so far, plus the problem-plagued iPhone 4 quarter, and the Apple bubble pops. It’s Windows vs Mac all over again. The iPhone isn’t going to save Apple from weakening consumer interest in the iPod. Although iPads may finally take their place beside netbooks, 15 million sold in 2008, in some outlets (where’s Costco and HSN?), tablets, aren’t mass volume devices, being largely accessory gadgets, and an optimized Android version hasn’t even been released by Google yet. The coming Google TV devices choices relegate Apple to a niche in that market also.

    Santa’s coming, alright and most of the stuff in his bag aren’t from Apple.

    Deal with Steve Jobs? Even though AT&T is making alot of money for him, Jobs isn’t admitting that iPhone’s faulty design has a part in causing all those dropped calls, and AT&T is taking the heat instead. Antennagate, and now Glassgate, aren’t so easily swept aside by Apple hype. Apparently, many iPhone app developers aren’t doing too well.

    1. Its interesting how the Android fanboys are getting worse than the Mac zealots lately…

      Google will have to deal with hardware configuration proliferation issues if it wants to keep its momentum up. In a sense, it is worse than the hardware/software compatibility nightmares from the Windows world. What good are 100k apps if they don’t all work on all Android devices? Too confusing of a proposition for “regular” users.

      I also fundamentally have an issue with GoogleTV’s UX paradigm. As a UX/IxD designer, I have spent pretty much a decade trying to figure out the best approach to couch/living room computing through a TV – its hard and Google still hasn’t cracked it with the products from Logitech and Sony. Non-techies don’t want a QWERTY keyboard in their living room, thats a fact.

      Anyone who thinks Apple won’t add apps and a web browser to the AppleTV by next summer is in for a surprise…

    2. Apple’s only iPhone 4 problem is that they can’t make them fast enough to meet demand. Anyone waiting for the hated Apple to come crashing down is going to have to keep waiting for a long while.

  3. “The company is becoming less of a “computer” maker and more of a gadget company…”

    True, its easy to be distracted by all the current hoopla over the iPad and iPhone, but make no mistake: Apple is still serious about its computer business. Over the last 10 years or so, Macs have steadily increased their popularity. Apple has recently regained in 3rd place for PCs sold. This is despite Microsoft’s stranglehold on the large enterprise market. No doubt Apple’s “gadgets” are having a halo effect with consumers

    Apple has continued to aggressively improve the Mac line, adding features like LED backlighting, long-life batteries, and large multi-touch trackpads. A press event is scheduled for next week to announce their plans for OS X. I expect big things. It’s never been a better time to be a Mac owner.

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