Michael Dell owes Apple an apology; Apple up 176 percent vs. Dell’s 13 percent in past 12 months

“It was no less an expert than Michael Dell who forecast the demise of Apple Computer Inc. In 2001, the chairman and founder of the computer company that bears his name said Apple had sealed its fate by failing to build computers that used Intel Corp. microprocessors and software from Microsoft Corp. In sticking with its own proprietary technologies, Apple could not survive. ‘We know how the movie ends,’ Mr. Dell, now 39, said. ‘It’s just a question of what happens in the middle,'” David Akin writes for The Globe and Mail.

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, so now slapping together cheap components into commodity boxes devoid of imagination, depending wholly upon someone else’s mediocre OS, re-branding Creative’s MP3 players (but not selling many), and negotiating good shipping rates based on volume qualifies someone as an “expert?” Please, don’t get us started on Michael Dell. Uh oh, too late…

“But three years later, it is Apple – not Dell Inc. – that some say is now the best bet for investors interested in backing a computer maker,” Akin writes. “Long an ugly duckling for investors, the Cupertino, Calif., company has been the soaring swan of the market for the past year. Its stock is up 176 per cent in the past 12 months (it closed yesterday at $70.10 U.S.), compared with 13 percent for Dell. Apple already rivals Round Rock, Tex.-based Dell in manufacturing efficiency, and is poised to beat it on profit margins, earnings and revenue growth. On new product innovation, analysts say, Apple is unrivalled.”

MacDailyNews Take: Perhaps Mr. Dull should consider shutting it down and giving the money back to the shareholders? Now where’d we get that crazy idea? God knows, it would probably boost world productivity 30% if people dumped Windows running on box assembler Dell’s hardware and switched to Apple Macs running Mac OS X. And think of the IT staff savings alone!

“The much ballyhooed iPod digital music player has been an important part of Apple’s resurrection story; iPod sales went through the roof during 2004’s final quarter. But the bigger story may be Apple’s resurgence as a computer maker. According to financial results released this week, sales of Macintosh computers jumped 26 per cent compared with the year-earlier quarter – double the growth rate for the rest of the computer business. For the first time in eons, Apple is gaining market share. ‘The company could have begun a market share breakout story that could last for the foreseeable future,’ Steven Fortuna, an analyst at Prudential Equity Group LLC wrote in research note last week.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Michael Dell needs a head reduction, literally and figuratively. He’s a commodity Wintel box assembler who figured out how to do it cheaper than everybody else. Wow. Okay, so he got rich doing it – so did Mahlon Haines who got rich selling non-descript shoes. You know, Mahlon Haines? M-A-H… Oh, forget it. How will Dell be regarded by historians? Michael Dell is to Steve Jobs as William Henry Harrison is to George Washington. Michael Dell, if he’s really lucky, is destined to become a footnote in personal computer history.


  1. Or for a music comparison (for the ipod people), how about Dell is to Jobs as Rikki Rocket is to Eddie Van Halen.

    Pathetic that people think Dell has done anything that would make him famous.

  2. the only other innovator in the PC business is sony, though even they have followed apple. I was suprised to see what software sony puts on their computers, it’s no ilife or anything, but much better than the competition for default comes with the computer software.

  3. I guess I’m in the minority, but I don’t really care how many people move from Windows to Mac. As long as sales are good enough to keep third party developers engaged, I have no desire to see Apple become the GM of computers. I moved out to the country (from a computing perspective) to get away from the viruses, malware, spyware of the inner-city ghetto that is the PC world. Now that a Joe Sixpack in every trailerpark can (likely) own a Macinstosh computer, I found out that my nice country home is getting a Super Walmart and low income housing next door. Going forward, I wonder if this means an end to the Mac community as a better educated, tightly-knit community of enthusiasts, and the beginning of Apple becoming a dime-a-dozen, “So what?” experience.

    Just presenting a different perspective…

  4. One thing is for sure: it would be really sad if the only kind of computer company in the industry is the ones like Dell. Who will propell the innovation and improvement if not for trailblazer like Apple?

  5. Christopher, If Apple quadruples their 3% market share they still will only be at 12%. Plenty small enough to still have that community feel but also with everyone having to make sure they pay attention to that segment of the market as well as windows.

    Now if they increase by 10 times…. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”ohh” style=”border:0;” />

  6. Dell have a reputation of putting together cheap crap computers using cheap and crap components.

    A mate of mine bought one and 6 months later it fell to bits!

    I managed to convince him to buy a mac – and guess what, 3 years later it’s still working and he is still using it and has never regretted dropping windblows!!

    In fact he’s getting a new Imac G5 soon and can’t wait for Tiger!

    DELL – your company and products are trash i- even all windows users think it – so stop kidding yourself!!

    Anyone can put together aload of budget parts and turn them into a cheap pc!

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