|Jan 25, 2013, 12:03 AM||#401|
Who's forecast? Apple's, or the analysts? What exactly were the iPhone 5 sales?
As reported yesterday on the front page of Macrumors; "Quarterly iPhone unit sales reached 47.8 million, compared to 37 million in the year-ago quarter...". Sales are substantially up year over year. This Macworld story suggests iPhones sales were within the analysts range. Looks like some disagreement on the forecasts.
Apple is doing just fine.
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|Jan 25, 2013, 01:59 AM||#402|
As Tim said, they could put the Apple label on all kinds of products and sell a lot of garbage, and make a ton of money. That's not the goal at Apple. The goal is to make the best products and let the chips fall where they may. As a large stockholder I get the same quarterly dividend whether the stock is $700 or $400. Since I'm long on APPL all this transient hoopla only makes me *yawn*... I almost sold at $700, but missed the window. It's okay, I got in at $80 so I'm still way ahead of the game.
|Jan 25, 2013, 10:18 AM||#403|
"ASP on iPhones was essentially the same YoY. Underneath that, if you look at the mix of iPhone 5 versus total iPhone, versus iPhone 4S the prior year, those mixes were similar."
|Jan 28, 2013, 04:07 AM||#404|
I have mixed feelings about walmart. Some of their practices are indeed reprehensible.
But walmart simply cannot be singled out for offering financial support to evil politicians. Every large business entity is guilty on that count. As far as 'evil' business practices, yes, walmart is worse, but all of the big box chains are culpable as well.
If these are issues one is concerned with, you had best stop participating in the capitalist system. And I say that without a trace of sarcasm or cynicism. Most every major chain is moving in walmart's direction: low wages, sourcing from overseas, driving out small businesses, cutting back on health care, not offering it at all, or making it inordinately expensive. Anti-green practices are the norm as well, regardless of rhetoric.
It's easy to single out walmart, and they should be given their excesses, but the other chains are all sitting alongside walmart on the 'evil' side of the continuum.
OTOH, I find trying to work with apple employees to be insufferable. The arrogance they display is really appalling. ATT Stores? Generally unpleasant.
I really prefer shopping online (through one well known store front in particular), but their treatment of workers is quite startling as well.
This is capitalsim: wages are down sharply, as are benefits and job security. Even college educated tech workers with college degrees are scraping by on what barely qualifies as a middle class income, even with two wage earners.
In summary, I am not defending walmart, I'm simply pointing out that anyone who is critical of walmart is a hypocrite if they are full fledge participants of the capitalist system and in terms of a micro level perspective, one should be nearly equally as outraged by target, amazon, sears, landsend, etc.
The walmart is evil campaign is a short sighted cheapshot which ditches true understanding in favor of smarmy brand favoritism.
As much respect as I've had for some of apple's designs, the more I learn about apple, the more I hate them.
To put it very simply, if you support apple by buying their products, you are basically an a--hole.
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