Hi Bolaji, A market area not touched by Apple is car audio. Ford is making good progress with MS so Apple could improve it with a different car manufacture.
They could go after whole house electronic equipment from security systems, through entertainment to refrigerator replenishing. A calendar on your desktop can be linked to security system to lock your house when you are out (just a speculation). Apple ideas rely on their great ability to integrate.
Since Apple industrial design is an art they could go into fashion statement and have a wristwatch with some features supplementary to iPhone.
Here are some other possibilities for individual improvements. The missing thing in the iPhone environment is some kind of palpable screen so user can feel the touch. It is not necessary only for keyboard. Also movies have to go to 1080 format. What are your thoughts?
I loved reading this article and your percpective on it since I am an avid Apple user myself. Apple has always defined itself as a market and product innovator. There products are not only "cool" but they are also robust and realiable. I have been utilizing the Apple Mac platform for years, when I needed to upgrade my desktop/laptop, I never even considered moving to a PC. Also, among portable music players, IPODs are still the prized players to have, years after the technology was introduced. Apple not only introduces the technology, while others chase it, they continue to lead the market and dictate the direction.
That's a funny story. I believe Apple has loyal customers, sometimes it seems like Apple users are under a kind of spell, though. For some time now I have been trying to change to Apple. Windows has given me enough reasons to be sick of it. I am now trying to decide if I am going to replace my laptop for a MacBook or the netbook for the Air, as the price is now the same. I have been told many times that I will love Apple once I have one.
I gues you are correct, Susan. People are fascinated by Apple products. I came across this funny incidence in beauty salon. One lady went on talking how much she likes Apple brand. The most remarkable thing in her talk was that Apple deserves to be paid what they cost and that she wont buy anything other than that. I guess Apple has very faithful customer base.
There is no doubt about the fascination for Apple and Apple products. This fascination might play an important role at the time of the decision making we were discussing before on tablets and smart phones. After all, the ones who have tried Apple have never changed back to any other product, or am I wrong?
well as per the rule of thumb, as long as they are innovative they will rule the market. Because people get bored of technology very fast and anything that gives them more convenience, that looks good and is easy on pocket gets an edge. I guess Apple has the caught the nerve right.
I still remember the movie pirates of silicon valley which was made on the basis of steve jobs and bill gates story. Bill gates built Microsoft as a software company and they went on to produce products like XBOX. But Apple was always a product company concentrating majorily on the hardware with the macintosh PC's. Apple will continuously try to innovate and bring new products but at some point it might be really tough to come out with any innovative and crazy gadget.
If Apple acquires facebook, guess they will make it paid service from business perspective. I guess it would hurt many users. But certainly thats a possibility. Apple is really very popular. I saw their new store in a mall in downtown. It was just wow. You feel encouraged to buy atleast something iPhone or iPad or laptop.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple using its war chest to acquire software companies, specifically around social media and social entertainment.I bet an Apple acquisition of Facebook or even Zynga (the FarmVille company, among others), which now has an estimated market cap larger than Electronic Arts, would really shake things up.Companies would be scrambling after a move like that.Would be interesting to say the least.
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