It won’t take much for you to come away thinking that anyone who says, ‘Apple is doomed’ is smoking some kind of substance not available at 7-11. Here’s a quick look at how Apple compares to the competition just from the past few days.
Apple vs. The World
How is Apple doing in the all important youth market? Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster did some research and found that about half of all teenagers in the U.S. own an iPhone.
Even better, almost two of every three said their next phone would be an iPhone. That compares nicely to runner-up Android at 22-percent.
When it comes to how well Apple’s aging iPad line performs against the growing throngs of Android tablets, guess who comes out on top.
It’s science. A research company compared iPad to Android to Microsoft Surface and the best screen response (the part of using a tablet that is similar to all) came from the iPad mini. iPad 4 was next. Everything else was much worse.
Apple’s success with iPhone and iPad has caused competitors to spend money. Google spent billions for Motorola. Microsoft spent billions for Nokia. Google hasn’t made a dime off Android so far. What about Microsoft? Bloomberg says their $7.2-billion bet on Nokia hasn’t excited app developers, a primary ingredient for smartphone and tablet success.
Elsewhere, former smartphone market leader BlackBerry began the company purge by pushing 4,500 employees out the door. Meanwhile, chipmaker Qualcomm, whose CMO called Apple’s 64-bit CPU a ‘marketing gimmick’ issued a much needed recall of that statement.
The comments made by Anand Chandrasekher, Qualcomm CMO, about 64-bit computing were inaccurate,” said a Qualcomm spokesperson in an email. “The mobile hardware and software ecosystem is already moving in the direction of 64-bit; and, the evolution to 64-bit brings desktop class capabilities and user experiences to mobile, as well as enabling mobile processors and software to run new classes of computing devices.
In the meantime, how is Apple doing?
CNN Money called the iPhone 5S ‘the most complete smartphone’ in a glowing review. Not only did Apple sell 9-million iPhones on launch weekend, the company is set to roll out the new iPhone line to almost 50 additional countries in later October and early November– just before the highly valued holiday shopping season.
In the Apple vs. Samsung battles, Apple won a victory from the White House when the U.S. overturned a ban against Apple, but refused to do the same for an import ban issued against Samsung.
That’s just a sample of how Apple compared to the competition in the past few days as reflected by news headlines. Financially, Apple continues to generate growing revenue and profits while Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Nokia, BlackBerry, and all others mark up losses in smartphones and tablets (save the slavish copier, Samsung). Customers still stand in line to buy Apple’s latest iPhones, and more lines are expected for the new iPads to be introduced later in October.
So, how is it again that ‘Apple is doomed?’ I’m having a difficult time finding much proof to backup the opinions.