Comment from: lrd

You’re absolutley right- it doesn’t pay for Apple to sell it’s products to corporations because traditionaly there’s been a distain for Apple products going back to the days of ” Really IBM.” I remember IT guys telling me GUIs are for kids!

Apple must then focus the larger and more lucrative markets for it’s products- the 10s of millions of consumer who make their own choice using theie own money. It must also focus on content delivery and playback. Again this is driven by individual choice and not some It guys that told me 20 years ago that GUI’s were for kids and now makes up other lame exxuse for using Windows.

And besides, let’s face it only selling boxes is risky especially as we near feature saturation on the Windows and Mac OS side.

Apple having the ability and creativity to create other revenues streams through it’s hardware only makes sense in the long run. Diversification is key– just watch Gateway, Lenovo and Dell stocks ihe coming months and you’ll see.

01/14/07 @ 15:53
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Yeah, GUIs kinda are for kids - or old folks. It makes it easier to do things without bothering to understand what’s going on under the covers. I fall back to CLI often - quicker, more efficient, and gives me a better understanding of what’s really happening.

I remember, way back in ‘82 of the last century, we had an engineering intern at Martin Marietta. A fellow system engineer, who I looked to somewhat as a mentor, asked the intern to do some simple task. The kid pulls out a calculator. Our ol’ system engineer stopped and told him that it wasn’t that hard a problem; he should do it in his head. The intern was completely dependent on his calculator. He couldn’t do it. It was almost as simple as 2*2=4 [remember when we would have written 2x2=4?]. Heck, only 6 years earlier the first HP calculators hit my college - and we weren’t allowed to use them during exams. And in that short a time, college students were dependent on calculators. So were you a picket or a post fan? Those were two slide rule companies. ;-) Today Informatica experts can’t do data mapping or program complex transformation for data integration if the problem is outside the functions provided by Informatica’s proprietary drag’n'drop interface. /blechk

But to your point, Ird, I’m not sure that Apple is diversifying. I think they’re focusing in on the consumer, entertainment market, and that they’ll do so based upon what they’ve learned as a computer company, with hardware and web services that just might blow the competition away. The competition ranging from Sony to the networks.

Robert Scoble recently said that Netflix is dead. I think that Netflix, Blockbuster, TV and radio networks, movie distribution houses, and so on, must deal with the Internet, and change the way that entertainment is delivered. Apple is dealing with it now. So is Microsoft with the Xbox360 and Media Home Server. Same problem, different approaches.

It’s going to be interesting.

01/14/07 @ 18:43
Comment from: lrd


I view Apple as competing more with traditonal hardware folks, or box makers, than with MS per say. And this is where I make my comparison insofar as diversification. For example, how does Apple compare to a Lenovo or Gateway?

And the reason I do this is because I see Apple taking advantange of these companies falling on hard times in the near future. Mainly because they sell boxes and that’s it.

01/14/07 @ 19:17
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In many ways, Apple is structured more like Sun Microsystems than Lenovo or Gateway or even Dell, because Apple, like Sun, develops software as well as hardware, and tunes their operating system to a particular hardware architecture. This makes for great stability, performance and reliability.

I see, and it’s just my opinion, Apple’s business strategy as focusing on serving the consumer entertainment market, with complete infrastructure and tools. Starting with the Apple xServe and ending with devices like the iPod and iPhone, with personal computers in the middle.

I think that Apple just ignores “box companies” like Lenovo and Gateway, and even Dell [which hasn’t made much headway with their PDAs and PAPs]. Of course, companies like Sun, IBM and HP are much more focused on the enterprise market, and only rarely compete with Apple in that space.

Microsoft and Apple compete, at least theoretically, for the SMB server, SMB/consumer desktop/laptop, and now phone operating system markets, and on several software types. And more and more, Microsoft is competing against Apple for consumer entertainment mind share, with products like Zune, Xbox and the home media server.

As long as some variant of Microsoft Windows has 90% plus of the PC OS market, I think that Dell, Lenovo, Gateway, HP, and others box makers will be doing just fine, as long as they can squeeze some profit out of their shrinking margins. But hardware commoditization is another topic. :-D

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