“This morning Apple announced a record-breaking weekend for sales of its new iPhone 5S and 5C. In the first 72 hours more than 9 million phones were sold in 11 countries around the world,” Sandy Cannold writes for ABC News. ““’This is our best iPhone launch yet,’ Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. ‘Demand for the new iPhones has been incredible.’ The pictures of the frenzy plastered all over TV, the web and beyond since Friday back up what Cook is saying.”
“To me though, all this over-the-top fanfare and even the record-breaking first weekend of sales could actually be cause for concern,” Cannold writes. “The reason I am voicing a bit of doubt is that it seems like Apple is now trying to squeeze every last bit of profit it can out of an aging, shall we call it, iStone.”
“To me and millions like me it seems a lot more evolutionary. It looks a whole lot like the last iPhone and the one before that and the one before that too,” Cannold writes. “And you know what else looks the same, the way Apple staged the release of the 5S and the 5C. Just like every launch since the first iPhone hit the market we watched people wait in line, sleep outside the store and ham it up for the cameras once they got their hands on their shiny new device. Hasn’t Apple seen how the competition makes fun of these events in commercials?”
MacDailyNews Take: Don’t blame Apple because you don’t know WTF you’re looking at, dummy. Yes, huge queues of people camping out all over the world are quite the concern – for iPhone knockoff peddlers, that is.
Cannold writes, “This is no longer the Apple of Steve Jobs. The Apple that seemingly every couple of years rocked the consumer electronics world with a product so innovative that it changed industries forever.”
MacDailyNews Take: Let’s be a bit more precise:
iPhone was released 5 years, 7 months, and 19 days after iPod.
iPad was released 2 years, 9 months, and 5 days after iPhone.
Tim Cook has been Apple CEO for 2 years and 30 days.
Cannold writes, “So for me it boils down to a two simple questions: Does Apple become a boring profit machine like Microsoft, churning out upgrades and improvements to its existing line of hits? Or do they find a way to create another ‘must have’ new product, new category, new something that we never thought we needed and we can’t live without? The ball is now squarely in Tim Cook’s court.”
MacDailyNews Take: Oh, look: Mr. Myopic managed to peck out two hackneyed questions and now he thinks he’s served Tim Cook. Sandy, you’re not even on the same planet, much less on the same court, as Tim Cook. Forget the ball, you’re not qualified to serve Tim Cook fries.
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MacDailyNews Take: With superficial vapidity such as Cannold’s piece above, it’s hardly surprising that fewer than one in four Americans have confidence in television news.
Here’s some advice, Sandy: When you don’t know jack shit about what you’re writing about, don’t write it.
Anne, why don’t ring up Ben on your Apple iPhone and ask him if Sandy is really the best he can do?
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