In fact, teams from New York have a large lock on the number of World Series appearances and wins for just a few teams (Yankees, Dodgers, Giants) that isn’t likely to be broken even in this century. For many years the Yankees won so frequently that there were calls to break up the team. It’s likely that technology gadget makers would like someone to break up Apple.
One has to wonder what it is about our favorite Cupertino, CA computer company that makes it both the target of competitors and technology media writers, the darling of a small marketshare of customers, and the owner of an outsized and oversized influence upon the entire industry.
Think about it. Who influenced the smartphone industry more over the past decade than Apple? Yet, the iPhone accounts for barely 15-percent total marketshare. Even the Mac, setting the standard for more than 30 years, has less than 15-percent marketshare but what do most premium Windows-based PCs look like? Macs.
Apple is something of a strange beast; an outlier that does its own thing, and the leader of various technology industry segments.
Why would competitors like to see Apple become the target of break up calls?
Apple owns the profits. In World Series dating back to the early 1920s, the New York Yankees managed 40 appearances; double that of the New York and San Francisco Giants, and more than either Giants or Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers combined. Yet, there were public calls to break up the Yankees.
Apple’s dominance over profits in the technology gadget industry are more absurd than the Yankee’s World Series appearances and record. Among smartphone manufacturers, various reports put Apple’s profit dominance at nearly 90-percent. That means 10-percent of the entire industry’s profits are shared among all the other manufactures. And Samsung gets most of that.
The Mac has a similarly enticing position with more than half the Windows PC industry’s total combined profits on barely double digit marketshare. A recent report claims Apple’s App Store pulled in 60-percent of mobile app revenue last year even though Google’s Android marketshare is more than five times greater. That is an outsized influence over the entire industry and its profits.
Apple garners similar outsized profits and revenue with iPad, despite an ongoing sales drought. Apple Watch is the top selling smartwatch in the industry, with almost all the profits and marketshare. In fact, Apple’s Watch is more valuable than the entire Swiss watch industry. Apple’s Beats and AirPod wireless headphones take more than 40-percent of the wireless Bluetooth headphone sales and most of the industry segment’s profits.
It’s not likely to happen unless the U.S. government sees fit to outlaw technology companies that provide customers with encryption options, so if Apple is broken up, it’ll be done internally and not by competitors. But just as New York baseball fans have endured cries to “Break Up The Yankees!” Apple will be around to win the world series of technology profits for years to come.