2014: Does Apple still look ‘doomed?’

“It’s been a tough year for Apple. Company critics have been relentless in talking against it at every move,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld. “Calls for the removal of CEO Tim Cook have arisen, along with chatter claiming that the company has lost its innovative edge.”

“That was 2013,” Evans writes. “What about 2014?”

“I expect it to be a very different story,”Evans writes. “And that’s not wishful thinking; I see a lot of signs that suggest Apple is going to have a good year in 2014… To me, it seems as if the company has spent most of the year putting the pieces in place to regain all the momentum it indisputably lost upon the tragic death of CEO Steve Jobs. 2014 will not be like 2013.”

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24 Comments

    1. Jobs put this team together (well minus Forstall now)… but the key VPs are in place as well as their acquiring talent/tech from smaller companies.

      it will be a fun 2014.

  1. The problem with this article is that it makes the false assumption that 2013 was a bad year for Apple, but it was not. True the stock market is completely utterly clueless regarding Apple and I don’t expect that to change soon, and not in 2014, but the company fundamentally is destroying its competition, I do think that 2014 will start to see the unraveling of one of Apple’s prime competitors, Samsung. Google is a much longer term threat.

    1. You’ve hit the nail on the head there.

      2013 was a bad year for AAPL the stock, but a great year for Apple the company. Wall Street simply can’t or won’t see what’s really happening.

      A lot of important foundations have been built and will form the basis for Apple’s subsequent steps. At the same time, Samsung is misfiring and people are starting to see through their tricks, while Apple’s cash will be spent less and less on Samsung components and increasingly on alternatives from Samsung’s rivals.

            1. Ironically, very tea-party ish of you, breeze.

              Actually, if you have the right to express your opinion, he has a precisely equal right to express his.

              (Although your moral ground would be higher, Tessellator, if you left out the name-calling.)

            2. Hang on breeze made a rather logical comparison while tessellator simply made childish playground insults. Surely any rational mind can se the difference whether you agree with the contention of his words or not. First time politics has been introduced here in a remotely rational manner that actually related to a reality that clarified a point being made.

            3. I am just sick of idiots like breeze who inject politics (which then blazes into a firefight between extreme elements of each side making absurd statements) into virtually every thread. This topic had nothing to do with the tea party.

  2. At this time next year iBeacons will have been huge (could be the word of the year), Liquidmetal will have brought insane thinness, beauty and durability to the iPhone and iWatch, a 4K viewing experience and an AppleTV box that functions as your cable box will be transforming viewing, and we’ll be looking forward to… hmm, now that’s a good question…

    What’s next for Apple after a bigger iPad, a screened ATV, and an iWatch? I suppose 3-5 years of developing the wearable market and then, what, home robotics starting in 2018-19?

  3. If all this good news keeps spreading, I might have to short AAPL. Analysts and pundits have been so reliably wrong about Apple for so long that you can do exactly the opposite and make a killing.
    (OK, I would never actually short AAPL, but you get my drift…)

  4. Not that Apple had a bad year, but if they had 1, 3 of even 5 bad years, I’m sure those billions in cAsh will iron out anything, much in the same way it does for Microsoft.

    Amazon on the other hand is always on a knife edge, having made less profit ‘in total’ than apple makes every quarter, the only thing keeping them afloat is the grace of the stock market.

    1. I’d say it was Amazon daredevil Jeff Bezos walking the knife edge with grace, pulling handkerchiefs from his sleeves, dazzling the crowds, including investors, a balancing act worthy of Blondin or Rechatin.

  5. The company looks to be in fine condition but the stock continues to look doomed. The stock is completely broken and remains as weak as any stock on the market despite record buybacks and dividends.

    As long as Tim Cook sits on a mountain of unused cash, the stock will be going nowhere fast. Apple has plenty of opportunities to get into different markets like mobile payments and cloud services to increase company revenue but so far chooses not to. Stubbornly attempting to sell more mobile devices in an industry completely saturated by Android devices seems somewhat futile from a shareholders point of view. There has to be a practical way to get shareholder value out of Apple but no one there seems to know how.

    1. Oh, yeah, I agree. Apple should really get into the Cloud stuff. That’s where the future is, and I think it’s about time they did exactly that. Missing out on the cloud services thing is definitely part of the reason why shareholder value is so bad. I even suggest a name for it that maybe they’ll like: iCloud. Does that sound snappy enough? I kinda like that: iCloud. Do you think that might catch on?

      (smile)

  6. “…along with chatter claiming that the company has lost its innovative edge.”

    Well that innovation edge is certainly alive in the new Pro Mac. Unfortunately, that machine is expensive in terms of cost and expandability. If you want something less there’s only the iMacs which have issues with reliability due to heat designs.

    Apple should have selected lesser specs to keep the price of the new Pro along the lines of the older pro or less. They could have also made a less beefier Pro and then the high end we have today.

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