I also remember the tech pundits who, just a few years ago, decried Steve Jobs’ use of the term ‘postPC era‘ as if it was his famed reality distortion field at work again. Numbers don’t lie, and now a few numbers are coming around again which tell the tale of Jobs’ post-PC era.
Wassup, Mr. Stock?
It’s not yet two years since Apple co-founder and dear leader Steve Jobs passed away. At his death Apple’s stock was hovering around $400 a share.
For whatever reasons known only to those who obviously manipulate the stock market for their favor, Apple’s stock crashed through $500, $600, and $700 a share, only to settle back down to about where it was two years ago (long after the rich became richer).
What goes around, comes around, and Apple’s stock price is showing signs of life again, hitting the $500 threshold. What’s going on?
Other than the market manipulators, who knows? Large institutional stockholders may have dumped Apple’s high flying stock and taken a hefty profit. With Apple poised to give money to shareholders, and introduce new products to protect the low end of the smartphone spectrum, AAPL may once again be a darling of the manipulation crowd.
I told you so.
Touch Me One More Time
That touch of hubris brings me to another aspect of the so-called post-PC era. Touch screen PCs running Windows 8. They’re all the rage, you know?
Wait. No, apparently they’re not the rage. Windows PCs with touch screens just haven’t set the market on fire. Unless, of course, you’re talking about burning the PC market in the post-PC era. PC sales are down, and touch screen PCs make up about 10-percent of a shrinking pie.
Good old Microsoft, with Windows 8 and the built-in touch capability, have given customers yet another reason not to buy a new PC. Or, at least the more expensive ones with touch screens.
Why aren’t they selling? Apple can’t make enough iPhones and iPads to satisfy the market. What’s Microsoft doing wrong?
It’s physics. A touch screen on a smartphone, phablet, or tablet makes great sense. Let your finger do the walking on the screen. It’s easy. Anyone can do it.
For notebooks or desktops with touch screens, the physics take over. A user is required to lift, not just finger, or wrist, but finger, wrist, arm and elbow, and shoulder. That’s a lot of muscle and effort just to touch a button. Obviously, PC customers are smart enough to know that paying more for a device that could cause tennis elbow or rotator cuff injuries isn’t work the extra money, so the PC sales slump continues in the post-PC era.
I don’t get to do this often, but, I told you so.