Good grief. I think I’m finally bored with the whole Apple thing. Why? Because it’s not interesting anymore. Nobody is saying anything new, or even anything not incredibly trite and stupid. Really. No joke. Let’s take a look at what’s going on right now.
There haven’t been any category-creating products since the iPad. That’s only news if you happen to be following Apple. It’s not news for any other company anywhere in any endeavor.
The world is awash in companies that produce a single product or service that they keep trying to make better. Ninety-nine and forty-four one hundredths of those companies are happy with incremental growth from year to year. An even higher percentage of those companies would kill their best friend’s mother with a stapler for Apple’s growth over the last 17 years (since Steve Jobs came back).
And yet the internet is crawling with hit-whore anti-Apple screeds, all screaming about Apple’s troubles. It’s all bullshit.
Apple is doomed. DOOMED
If you look at Apple’s products, and if you think (a rare skill), you’ll notice that in every case Apple software runs Apple hardware. Apple makes the hardware and the operating software compatible. They don’t let others screw with the formula. They don”t license their OS. Ever. That stopped in 1997. Nobody ever talks about that being the secret sauce. Steve Jobs, before he was canned in ’85, gave the system software away for free. If you owned an Apple computer you upgraded the operating system by taking a floppy to the Authorized Apple Dealer. They put the OS on your disk and you were on your merry way. Now we have broadband innertubes, so you can just download the new OS free of charge – the original dream.
Apple did build an environment that lets you run Windows on a Mac. Oddly, Windows runs better in Boot Camp on a Mac than on a Wintel POS. But it’s still Windows, and of course, even on a Mac it could suck the MetLife blimp inside out without breaking a sweat.
If you want to compare tech companies, go ahead. Apple has to be compared to the whole tech industry, though. There isn’t a single company that competes with Apple.
You have to combine the efforts of at least two companies to come up with a competitor that actually competes with Apple. Your competitor will have to design and maintain the hardware and software for:
A music player
A computer (desktop and laptop)
A set-top TV box
Different companies compete with separate Apple products, but nobody [nobody |ˈnōˌbädē, -bədē| pronoun – no person; no one: nobody was at home | nobody could predict how it might end. noun (pl. nobodies)] competes with the Apple oeuvre.
Add to that, Apple is making an unprecedented amount of money selling its products. Apple executives have to be happy that money is largely transacted digitally. They’d literally be wading around chest deep in hundred dollar bills otherwise. Simply put, it’s amazing that the company even survives. They’re doing everything wrong.
Tim Cook is not Steve Jobs
Are you kidding me? You have to be a moron to ascribe any meaning to that phrase. In fact the typist who considers that fact to be a basis for analysis should be deprived of a keyboard and sent to a maximum security basement until a suitable contrition has been expressed. I don’t know. A year without pizza and doughnuts might be extreme, but the constant application of a meaning to a useless, obvious fact is getting stupid and deserves punishment.
Tim Cook isn’t Steve Jobs. So? He’s the guy running the company. He has the company making money hand-over-fist. That’s what he’s supposed to do.
If you need a thrill, sell a share of AAPL and go rent a thrill.
Apple must introduce an iWatch or they’re doomed
Fiddlesticks and poppycock. Piffle. If you’ve seen the early entries into the smartwatch market, you’d know better.
They’re all crap. CRAP. Watches are, by their nature, small. You can only get a watch shaped thing to do so much. Nobody has figured out how to do that form factor with a bloatware set of unnecessary features and a battery that lasts from LAX to O’Hare.
When Apple introduces a watch-shaped thing, if Tim Cook was paying any attention while Master Jobst Fimil was in charge, the iWatch (or whatever it’s called) will have a small and important set of features that it will do very well. It will be able to do them for more than a couple of hours before charging the battery.
Apple will be doomed if it starts doing what the punditbots and fundtards think it should do.
Anyway, I’m starting to lose interest. The stupidity is exactly the same, but it’s getting worse because it’s been proved wrong for over a decade, and yet the babbling morons continue. Macalope does a good job of skewering them. I should just leave it be. Maybe I should change Rip Ragged to a community discussion about the movie Heartbreak Ridge. Or possibly a forum on the neonicotinoid pesticides. Or incandescent light bulbs. Or men’s fashion.
Because, let’s face it. If you want to know what the tech business is going to do, watch what Apple does. The rest of the companies will do their very best to copy whatever that is. Then the tech press will jump up on their back legs and bray about how Apple is losing “market share” to the cheap-ass knock-offs. And on and on it goes.
I don’t know why I love this track. Maybe it’s the nod to Canned Heat in the lyrics.