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50% of Apple's Revenue Comes From the iPhone

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 21, 2011 @03:17PM (#35898144)

    the banana phone?

  • Another factoid (Score:4, Interesting)

    by iluvcapra (782887) on Thursday April 21, 2011 @03:19PM (#35898164)

    Apple is now the largest cellphone manufacturer on Earth by revenue [allthingsd.com].

  • by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968@gm[ ].com ['ail' in gap]> on Thursday April 21, 2011 @04:15PM (#35899024) Journal

    Frankly I've been saying that for awhile now. You think the Apple prediction was bad? How about royally boning the chance to wipe out Windows piracy AND boost your numbers AND being able to have a captive market to upsell AND boosting the latest IE ALL at the same time?

    Talking to my fellow builders and repairmen the $50 Windows 7 HP deal was wiping out piracy. Like me they went from seeing the "Razr1911" XP and Vista Ultimate installs to Win 7 HP across the board. They were also getting many of those still sitting on the fence deciding whether to keep XP or not to upgrade. So what does he do? Raises the price to $100 and guess what happened? Now there are Windows 7 Ultimate installs all over the place. Smart Move Ballmer!

    I give credit where credit is due and Jobs has made Apple THE hip upscale brand. Jobs keeps the price high because like Porsche and Ferrari it is part of the appeal. The lesser priced iDevices (even though they are still making him something like 40%+ profits) get people started on the brand like Ferrari jackets. Once you get them hooked it is easier to upsell, and I've seen many who went from one iDevice to having a Macbook and several.

    That is why I still think that ancient Gates Borg icon needs to be retired, and replaced with Ballmer wearing a beanie that says "I heart Apple!" on it, since that seems to be his business strategy. Anything Apple does the sweaty monkey follows it with a lame half assed copy six months to a year down the line. Kin, Zune, how much $$$ has he blown so far just on the fails? I can just imagine him trying to rev up the troops "And with this newest device we'll be cool as Apple and people will flock to us! Yes they will! They really really will! STOP LAUGHING AT ME!!!".

    What they need to do is fire his ass and put one of the office guys in charge. Focus on integration, making things like having home users and SMBs be able to connect their machines no matter where they are as easy as plugging in a USB drive or using Homegroup, bring back Win 7 HP at $50 to wipe out piracy, and quit trying to play falling the bouncing Apple. Leaders win, followers suck. I think it is pretty obvious which of those categories Ballmer falls into.

  • by shmlco (594907) on Thursday April 21, 2011 @05:57PM (#35900466) Homepage

    "Apple loses a small percentage of their high-end, media industry users every year."

    Depends on the market. Use of Final Cut among the video and movie folk is rising.

    "...or a significant change in their global market share, which has been hovering around 5%..."

    Consider the numbers for US marketshare (9.3%), or US home marketshare (18.6%), or US college student marketshare (25%), and watch the numbers change dramatically. World marketshare is increasing as well, but commodity PC purchasing in India and China is increasing at an even faster rate, thus maintaining the same percentage, seen as a percentage of the whole, is actually a fairly significant accomplishment.

I've got a bad feeling about this.

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