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pocharle
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pocharle   11/29/2011 4:02:49 PM
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Ms. Daisy,

To add to your comment, I have also seen a large group of older adults patronizing Apple products. They claim the user friendliness and ease of use in general.

bolaji.ojo
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Re: Underlying assumptions
bolaji.ojo   11/29/2011 2:24:00 PM
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TaimoorZ, Assumptions sometime shouldn't be taken too seriously. The social sciences rely on the behavior of people who are often influenced by factors few people can comprehend and at times by subjective events that differ from one person to the other. It's extremely difficult in this stuation to make generalization but analysts and investors keep trying to make sense of their environment and improve odds of makng money. They don't always get it right but by refining assumptions it's possible to arrive at an acceptable point.

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Ms. Daisy   11/29/2011 2:04:51 PM
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 @ pocharle, you are right on the prediction that "only a major gaffe as a reason why consumers would switch from Apple to a competitor". Apple's base is that of the current young adults and mid-life group who started using the Apple products from elementary school on. The products themselves are great and so there is hardly any need for change. Also, most people find change difficult and tend to stay with what is familiar and comfortable. I foresee the gulf between Apple and its competitors will continue to widen.

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Underlying assumptions
TaimoorZ   11/29/2011 1:44:48 PM
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Every analyst, be it a company-hired or an independent one, does the analysis based on certain assumptions and expectations. When there's such a huge divide between the predictions by internal analysts and the market analysts, don't you think it's a good idea for each of them to share the assumptions they have used and the underlying expectations behind their numbers? The general public may be able to assess them better in that case. Even in the case of company predictions, it would give more credibility to the numbers.

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pocharle   11/29/2011 12:50:53 PM
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Apple will still most likely stay on top. The model they've built with the trust of their fanbase (increasing more & more each day) will be tough to rival. I see only a major gaffe as a reason why consumers would switch from Apple to a competitor.

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Re: new market segments for apple
Himanshugupta   11/29/2011 12:21:24 PM
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i think you gave the correct strategy to stick with. I think Apple will not show any sign of slowness anytime soon and after the developed market is saturated as a consumer market then Apple can focus on the developing market. Their products are high end and are expensive for the developing market so customization might be required.

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Anna young   11/29/2011 10:38:29 AM
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Prabhakar, You are right but the rivals are catching up rather fast on Apple. Fortunately, it made good use of the lead time it built while competitors doodled. Now it has to figure out new ways to keep fending them off. It's going to be fun watching this happen.

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prabhakar_deosthali   11/29/2011 9:09:36 AM
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In my opinion Apple's rise has been accentutaed by the disaatrous failures  of its rivals like Nokia , Motorola  in introduicng new competing products.  Apple and along with it the Korean giants with their Android based product offerings have captured this opportunity and widened this gulf.

The europian crisis is one more reason why Nokia has failed to get support from its mother nation Finaland.

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jbond   11/29/2011 7:38:30 AM
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While I find it hard to believe that Apple can maintain a staggering double digit growth every year, they still have potential to stay strong. It is certainly looking like we are going to have only a few major companies left and the small competitors are going to get pushed aside. Maybe a couple small companies merging could help keep things competitive.

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Re : The Gulf Widens
tirlapur   11/29/2011 3:38:21 AM
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Nokia is in an even worse position. Analysts see the company's annual sales declining about 6 percent in 2011 and barely growing in 2012.

@Bolaji, what about Win-Nokia mobile ? Analysts dont seem too much excited about that mobile, any particular reason for that ?

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