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Is Apple Losing Its Cool?

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WaqasAltaf
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Re: Lost uniqueness
WaqasAltaf   3/10/2013 10:45:41 AM
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@ tirlapur

"Reality is Apple sales have definitely slowed down after Samsung released its Galaxy and Note series and this trend might continue because Samsung is planning to released smartphones which will have flexible display."

You have a valid point. Samsung is beginning to be known as cool for its devices because of its elegant design and display features. Secondly, its cost is also below that of its Apple counterparts which makes it a worth-considering option when choosing between buying iPhone or Samsung device such as galaxy note.

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Re: Lost uniqueness
tirlapur   3/10/2013 8:27:50 AM
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I personally feel mobile TV has a limited scope as it is unlikely that people carry both a mobile tv and a smartphone simultaneously

@Waqas, true. I think already there are many apps available in the market using which users can watch TV on their existing smartphones. I wonder what additional features mobile TV will have compared to the smartphone TV. I think smartphone which can project the image on bigger screen will become popular than mobile TV.

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Re: Lost uniqueness
tirlapur   3/10/2013 8:23:31 AM
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Why are we always discussing what's wrong with the products, or the manufacturers, and not what's good about them? 

@Susan, I agree with your opinion. I think one reason for this behavoiur is because there is little to differntiate between two products. Android devices released by Samsung/LG/HTC are as good as iPhones. So consumers tend to see what feature is missing in the product rather than what features are present. 

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Re: Lost uniqueness
tirlapur   3/10/2013 8:19:58 AM
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Despite we highlight negatives of Apple and its devices for being quite standard (not cool), many of us our active users of iPhone and have no intention of dropping it.

@WaqasAltaf, its not the question of dropping it. Reality is Apple sales have definitely slowed down after Samsung released its Galaxy and Note series and this trend might continue because Samsung is planning to released smartphones which will have flexible display.

WaqasAltaf
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Re: Lost uniqueness
WaqasAltaf   3/9/2013 2:08:39 PM
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@ Susan

Why are we always discussing what's wrong with the products, or the manufacturers, and not what's good about them?Why are we wondering if Apple is losing its cool, instead of higlighting all the cool things Apple has? I need to think more about this.

I feel there is a conflict between our words and action. Despite we highlight negatives of Apple and its devices for being quite standard (not cool), many of us our active users of iPhone and have no intention of dropping it. Our choice of not to let it go should keep Apple's sales team content.

Susan Fourtané
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Re: Lost uniqueness
Susan Fourtané   3/9/2013 5:50:41 AM
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Waqas, 

I kept on thinking about the total disatisfaction that I believe is the problem we are facing today. The minute most consumers have a new device in their hands the first thing they do it trying to find what's missing, what's not working asthey expected, what's wrong with the them. Why are we always discussing what's wrong with the products, or the manufacturers, and not what's good about them? 

Why are we wondering if Apple is losing its cool, instead of higlighting all the cool things Apple has? I need to think more about this. 

". . .  money can never be as good a motivator as appreciation to one who sweats to develop a unique product." 

Exactly. And here, you have found one good reason that may be part of the whole circle. Good thinking, Waqas. :) 

-Susan 

WaqasAltaf
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Re: Lost uniqueness
WaqasAltaf   3/9/2013 2:55:00 AM
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True Susan. The only motivation left for Apple and its peers to innovate is sustaining the revenue of their companies. Having said that, money can never be as good a motivator as appreciation to one who sweats to develop a unique product.

WY
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WY   3/6/2013 2:22:55 PM
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"Apple products are quality products that respond to consumers' needs and expectations."  most of these consumers simply don't use their brain, or they have too much money to spend!

iPhone and iPad are not environmental friendly to begin with.  They force consumers to buy the proprietary dongle/adapter instead of using the universally standard microUSB connector.  When almost everybody agree to adopt the microUSB connector in Feb2009, Apple refused and kept claiming the b.s. that the proprietary 30pin (and now 9-pin) connector can do more.  More to meet the consumers' need?  No.  More with profit taking at Apple?  Yes.  Apple refused to offer the micro-SD slot.  Instead, Apple charges consumers US$100 for 16GByte which costs less than US$10 on sales at Fry's Electronics or Amazon, ...  Apple refused to adopt NFC early but was willing to push out the nuisance Map Apps.  This doesn't meet consumers' need and expectation, right?  Apple offers the smallish 3.5" screen (4:3 aspect ratio) and only agreed to the slightly larger 4" (more of 16:9).  This strains the eyes of consumers, especially the old and the young.  In terms of HW spec, iPhone5 is so behind the competition in many areas, yet consumers was deceived to feel that they are owning the best featured smartphone.  How ironic?  Back to the screen size, when iPhone is used to visit websites, it cannot display Flash animation and choose to display static image.  Most criminal is: when iPad1/2/3/4 is used to display movie at 16:9 or wider format, iPad will cut away the left and right portion of the display in order to reduce the black stip at the upper and bottom edges of the display.  Because consumers rarely put an iPad4 and a good Android tablet (e.g. Nexus 10) together, they do not know what they are missing.  However, I would say that Apple cheats its consumers by cutting away left and right of the display.   Being Apple, Apple happily keeps making a lot of money despite of offering devices with the least user-friendly features and , ...

Susan Fourtané
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Re: Lost uniqueness
Susan Fourtané   3/6/2013 1:36:48 PM
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Waqas, 

"The ability to surprise is something which shouldn't get lost and it has become difficult to surprise people because they are always expecting something beyond their normal imagination."

Great point. That is exactly what is happening. Like a kid, always expecting beyond what it's possible, and will never be satisfied with any new toy, consumers have come to a point that they will not be satisfied with anything no matter what new feautures Apple would add to its devices. It's kind of sad if you come to think about it. :( 

The whole same thing can kill any motivation for invention and creativity. Why to put an effort in something that it's not going to be appreciated anyway? 

-Susan 




WaqasAltaf
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Re: Lost uniqueness
WaqasAltaf   3/6/2013 1:10:39 PM
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@ Susan

No doubt about the quality and that is what keeps Apple among the reputed vendors for mobile devices. But there is a big population willing to compromise on quality against a lower price. All they need are the features that are must have.

Surely Apple can sustain its revenue growth by bringing in some cool features to its devices. The ability to surprise is something which shouldn't get lost and it has become difficult to surprise people because they are always expecting something beyond their normal imagination.

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