I think Apple can be beaten if all other companies which compete with them would go out of business and had 70 percent sales. At that period of sales, Apple would encounter tremendous losses. After that, they will only be the only player on the market if they survived. Otherwise, this claim to beat Apple with obsolete product liquidations is unfair. No software updates, no bugs fixed, it becomes a child's toy.
Parser, you miss the big point here. Apple is only part of the issue; the strategy of the entire industry is under discussion here not Apple's invincibility. Yes, the company can be beaten. Definitely, folks are beating the bush now to figure out how and they will come up with the right formula. I believe the point of the article is clear and (in my opinion) it is this: Apple's rivals have to compete harder and must acknowledge its overwhelming headstart.
It's pointless to simply roll out products that match Apple's and not be ready for a margin haircut. It's the only way they can begin to dent its armor. You can scrape off the Apple logo off an iPad, put Motorola Xoom on it and it will still not sell as well as the original, if you don't do something different -- such as cut the price or whatever to clinch the sale.
@Hawk, I see it quite differently. No one will beat the Apple using coppycat products. Apple is selling true innovation and integration and to beat them one has to innovate and integrate and do it differently. Cost cutting on hardware will not do anything unless it is going out of business sale.
@Parser, I enjoy the discussion and appreciate your view. Humor me, though. If you were charged with coming up with a strategy to beat Apple, what would be the components of such a plan. (I know, we all wish we could come up with such a strategy. Just imagine the payoff.) Apple is certainly in a class by itself and I agree, I don't see anyone beating the company simply by slashing tablet prices. It has to be part of a broader plan. But back to my question: What will it take to beat Apple?
1.Totally new and awesome Human Interface – entries and projections of data, settings and ease of use to be top priority, simplicity and functionality
2.Information device independent
3.Integrated system with all business and entertainment needs satisfied under minimum number of clicks or gestures (including external devices e.g. HDTV)
4.Topnotch industrial styling
It would be good to rely on Google’s hiring scheme — out of the box thinking, innovative approach and simplicity across software and hardware. Top management has to have very strong vision of the product overall integration, goals and its future evolution. Top management needs to constantly review competition and market trends and understand user feedback. Known improvements would have to be implemented in a very new way.
I could give more thought about, but here it is for fun only.
@Hawk, you're right, it's possible for Apple to be beaten.How? Well until an electronics high tech industry come forward with a unique strategy, that is completely different from that of Apple's. Price slashing alone has not and will not affect Apple's leading position.
I agree with your article completely. The problem everybody is facing is their pricing. When your products are the same price or more as the Ipad, most people would pick the Ipad. My wife and I were lucky to pick up a 32g Touchpad for $149 on Sunday. Had we not been out on the town being social Friday night and all of Saturday we would have snatched one up the minute price reductions hit.
The funny thing is about a week to two weeks ago you could pick up a Touchpad for $250 using special offers and coupons. Peaked our interest, but the sale was for 1 day only. We were looking for another alternative to take with us while out of the house to take care of work emails and anything else that popped up without taking our laptop or using our Smartphone. The tablet was a perfect fit, just not for $500.
If competitors were to reevaluate their pricing and what options they have, many can stay strong in sales and we don't need to see another large sell off.
Price is indeed a huge factor. I know a lot of people that would like to have the iPAD but don't make the decision to buy based on the huge $ investment. I purchased an iPad early and I do love it but since I've bought it, versions are available through Verizon, and the iPad 2 came out. The investment in the original iPad is too big for me to upgrade, at least for now.
I wonder how the performance of the TouchPad compares against the iPad. I understand that the price point is really attractive, however, if that price is sustainable and HP would have continued to manufacture the TouchPad, I wonder if it would have continued doing well against the iPad. Consumer feedback would have to be favorable for the TouchPad to sustain huge sales and growth.
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