“On Sept. 23, Apple ‘warned’ investors about likely financial results in the current quarter,” Bill Snyder reports for InfoWorld. “The bad news? There wasn’t any. Because sales of the iPhone 5s and 5c were so strong — more than 9 million were purchased in just three days — the results would be better than expected.”
“Once the darling of fanboys and investors alike, Apple and CEO Tim Cook now can do nothing right in the eyes of some on Wall Street and legions of pundits. The stock has been pummeled, and word of mouth (or, more properly, word of blog) always seems to be negative,” Snyder reports. “But wait a minute. Think about what it means to sell 9 million units in three days, one of the most (if not the most) successful product launches in history. Apple sold 2,083 new iPhones every minute, or 34 every second.”
Snyder reports, “It’s worth noting that Apple-bashing is nothing new, says longtime industry analyst and Apple watcher Horace Dediu: ‘No matter how many breakthroughs it makes, the assumption is (and has always been) that there will never be another. At this point of time, as at all other points of time in the past, no activity by Apple has been seen as sufficient for its survival.'”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: We’ve found that the vast majority of Apple bashers can be broken down into four categories:
• The tech illiterate, low information crowd. They parrot back whatever they hear on insipid, mainstream TV. They’ve never really used an Apple product.
• The “too smart for their own good” crowd. They think they know the story of the Mac, but really don’t, yet nonetheless apply it to every product Apple makes and to every market in which Apple participates. They all fail to realize that Apple owns the cream of the crop personal computing market comprised of customers who have disposable income and have proven the will to spend it on quality. The smartest software developers understand this implicitly.
• Those afflicted with “buyer’s remorse.” They were in the first group and/or listened to the second, but then they got home with their Apple knockoff (whether it be a Mac knockoff (Windows PC), an iPod knockoff (Zune, etc.), or an iPhone knockoff (Android phone) and somehow managed to realize – consciously or unconsciously – that they screwed up. In the case of Android phones, most of them got stuck in two-year plans, so their Apple bashing is a coping mechanism until they’re finally free to line up for an iPhone along with the rest of the thinking world.
• The saddest cases of all: Those suffering from Stockholm Syndrome and/or Cognitive Dissonance.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James Barry” for the heads up.]