Why Apple can’t afford to make a mistake

“The tide is turning; Apple’s been on the rise for quite some time now. Everything they’ve done and are currently doing has been working for them. They’ve even managed to grow the Mac’s market share,” Tommy Thomas writes for Apple Matters.

“That’s the crux of why Apple can’t afford to make a mistake. The world’s eyes are on Apple now, due in part to the halo effect the iPod and the iPhone have created,” Thomas writes.

“Microsoft Vista has been nothing short of disastrous, and Apple has taken advantage, becoming the darling of the computer industry. How long the upswing continues is dependent upon Apple not making mistakes,” Thomas writes.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “RadDoc” for the heads up.]

55 Comments

  1. The mistakes are few and far between. I think the stock would take a hit if there was and issue, but would recover quickly after the fix of next successful release of a product.

    BTW: OS X on a flat panel HD Samsung Rocks!

  2. Stupid all the way. Man where do get those crazy article ideas?

    Those who do not try do not make mistakes.

    Apple is strong by the confidence level of its consumer base. That confidence level would IMHO survive a mistake or two.

  3. “When has apple ever made a mistake since Steve Jobs came back into power?”

    The only one that comes to mind is the PowerMac Cube. It was not a successful product, but was a successful display of technology. Much of what Apple learned in building the Cube went into the iMac G4 and Mac mini, so it wasn’t a total loss.

  4. apple has to be caution on the stock because when we fly high more damaged is caused,i guess apple should do a little break and only released new products that are all rumours of the past and then we will see the stock going fly again like the iphone day now thats giving to the world a apple.

  5. I have never owned a Mac. All of the computers I’ve used at school, at home, at the library, and at work have all operated with the Windows OS.

    However, I am looking forward to ordering my first Mac as soon as Leopard is released (probably a Modbook, or else a Mac Pro). I am counting down these last 7 to 11 weeks. I wish I knew the day, so I could be counting down the days.

    MDN magic word: “added,” as in “another Mac user to be added soon.”

  6. From the article:

    Apple has the potential to unseat Microsoft from atop the mountain that once could not be climbed.

    For Apple to continue the charge to dethrone Microsoft, they cannot afford to slip in terms of quality and wow factor.

    Sorry, but I don’t even think it would be a good idea to “dethrone” MSFT. I would be extremely happy with 20-25% market share. Less than 15% isn’t all too bad, but I think crossing that margin would require wider adoption of macs in the corporate/server market, which would be sweet!

    Becoming the majority, or even a 1-in-3, will probably reduce the sense of pride and increase the sense of entitlement, both leading to a greater chance for dissatisfaction.

    I’m so satisfied right now, and quite enjoy the envy I see in the eyes of others. But that’s just my humble opinion.

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