The Windows maker is so rich, and so paranoid, that it has a finger stuck into every technological pie you can think of, and so loses attention on the basics. It’s not difficult to declare that Apple has too many fingers in too many pies these days.
Stick To Baking Apple Pies, Apple
Microsoft’s problem for the past decade is that it hasn’t been able to create a profitable revenue stream from a new product beyond Windows and Office.
Compare that effort to Apple which, like Microsoft, is rich beyond belief but with more revenue and profits coming from more directions.
There’s the highly valued line of Macs, which sports some of the most profitable and desirable of traditional computing devices.
There’s the ubiquity of the iPhone, which sets the standard for multi-purpose iPhones. Add to that the iPad, which now brings in more revenue and profits than the Mac.
Then, there’s all of Apple’s revenue and profits from iTunes, the App Store, and Apple applications. Our favorite Cupertino company is a cash machine.
So, where are all of the fingers and pies? Apple TV comes to mind. It sells well, but not along the lines of iPad or iPhone. New ventures such as Passbook haven’t set the world on fire.
Ping, the iTunes social connection, has been shuttered. Apple continues to butt heads with Samsung all over the world, but it’s been a mixed bag of results, winning some, losing some.
Apple Stores are the envy of the retail industry, and Apple’s online store is one of the world’s greatest revenue streams. Yet, Apple has trouble with almost anything connected to the internet, including iCloud (remember MobileMe and iDisk) storage, email, messaging, and notifications.
Apple’s customers have been neglected and abandoned enough times to cause an outrage online, hence OS X Snow Leopard showing up on the App Store, so older Mac users have a migration path. Remember Final Cut Studio? It was replaced by the then anemic Final Cut Pro X, which took a few years to mature. Studio customers were not happy.
The venerable iTunes app has become a joke among the technorati, the result of years of patching and tacking on pieces to keep the online revenue stream going. The Mac Pro line has fallen behind the technology curve to the point of languishing in obscurity.
Like Microsoft of yesteryear, Apple does many things right. Like Microsoft, making money is on the top of that list. For some reason, though, when companies reach a pinnacle of success they feel an overwhelming desire or an inherent paranoia which requires that they stick their collective fingers into every technology pie, while neglecting some of what got them to success in the first place.
Today’s Apple is a giant and no longer the scrappy, single product underdog we knew and loved. Whatever disease Microsoft has, Apple seems to have similar symptoms.