“In recent weeks, Apple has been dealing with questions over how it issued options and allegations that its iPods are manufactured under poor working conditions,” Peter Burrows writes for BusinessWeek.
Burrows writes, “Just last week, Apple had to fork over $100 million to iPod rival Creative Technologies to settle a patent dispute. Now comes a big battery recall. That feels like a blast straight out of the depressing 1990s, when the PowerBook 5300 had to be recalled after a few models burst into flames. HP, on the other hand, can seem to do no wrong at the moment.”
“Of course, HP will never have the sheer panache or intense loyalty that Apple has. Try as it might, HP’s products come nowhere close to Apple’s in terms of style, elegance, or newsworthiness. There will never be scores of HP rumor sites, and HP World will never become the must-see event that Macworld is. And HP’s gains are by no means Apple’s losses,” Burrows writes.
Burrows writes, “Most any company would kill for Apple’s performance, whether measured by the power of its brand or its revenue growth, stock price, or plain impact on society. And here’s a big caveat to my argument: In the time it takes for Steve Jobs to introduce a new product (see BusinessWeek.com, 8/24/06, “Apple’s iPod Season Looms”), Apple can regain the title for techie with the biggest Mo.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “The Other Steve” for the heads up.]
Apple to recall 1.8 million Sony-made iBook G4, PowerBook G4 batteries – August 24, 2006
Apple & Creative settle: Apple pays $100M for ‘Zen’ patent, Creative plans iPod accessories – August 23, 2006
How options-backdating irregularities can affect your Apple Computer stock – August 23, 2006
Apple releases ‘Report on iPod Manufacturing’ – August 17, 2006