Am I the only one who is happy that Apple's user base may bet getting smaller?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by iOSaddict, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. iOSaddict macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2014
    The title says it all. Sometimes I kinda wish that Apple's user base would shrink down a bit and that all the volatile users would just leave the platform for others. If those people are not happy enough to leave, chances are they will never be satisfied, and chasing after their fickle demands and market share and sales numbers would be the Archilles' heel for Apple.

    Apple needs to streamline its user base. Focus on their core competencies, i.e. make top notch hardwares and post-sales customer service (which has not been that good IMO), develop softwares that complement the hardwares and maintain the infrastructure so that iOS and OS X will be the best place for developers to introduce their apps and new features.

    Sure scaling back user base will decrease short-term revenues and profits. But it's healthier and more sustainable for the company in the long run. Every super power has their peak and subsequent demise. Making a smaller group of users happy and loyal is better than trying to please everyone.

    Just my 2 cents. :cool:
  2. businezguy macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2003
    I'm not sure why you think apple's user base is shrinking, but you enjoy the parallel world you are living in.
  3. VersaceX macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2014
    First sentence says "title says it all". Yet there's three paragraphs, hmmm.
  4. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    And he just joined MacRumors...hmmm.
  5. joeblow7777, Jul 1, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2014

    joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    What you're describing sounds exactly like what Apple is already doing. They've never chased after market share. That's why they don't put out "cheap" products. Their business model has always been to sell premium products that generate a high profit margin. Why worry about selling 100 phones if you make just as much profit selling 10?
  6. VersaceX macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2014
    And really beginning to regret it. Hmmm.
  7. Enabledobject macrumors 6502


    Apr 27, 2014
  8. iPhone7ate9 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2014
    No. You're a fool if are ever 100% happy. you should always ask for more so they put more in the device.
  9. triptolemus macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2011
    To whom will these developers introduce their new apps and new features? The shrinking user base? What in the world compels a developer to develop for a shrinking user base? I don't know either... I suppose we could ask RIM. To what level should Apple shrink its user base by moving to an increased amount of niche development? What amount of short-term revenue loss would be acceptable? (!)

    It seems to me your thought process is somewhat flawed.
  10. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Since when has Apple's user base gotten smaller? The number of iOS users has grown significantly each year.
  11. Zerilos macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2012
    People often confuse 'market share' with growth.
  12. Camoxide macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2013
    No because developers will shift focus from iOS to android. Currently most apps are made for iOS then ported to android. a lot of the big games are also only available on iOS. That will change if the user base shrinks.
  13. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
  14. SpyderBite macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2011
    How much customer service do you need for a phone?

    Unless you're referring to warranty service which is a completely different animal.
  15. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Yeah I want the developers to care for about some other platform then the one I use.
  16. darkplanets macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2009
    When heated by anger, the user evaporates away.

    Get angry too quickly and they bump, spewing their contents everywhere and making a big mess. :D
  17. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    Beach Cities, CA
    I don't understand this concept of wanting to shrink Apple's user base. In fact, I doubt that would ever happen (at least in the foreseeable future) and it probably grows with every iteration of the iPhone. Anyway, this makes me think that you may want Apple to be some sort of social "status symbol" - which I never get. Some people think they're "special" since they have a bunch of Apple hardware.
  18. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Op, there is a forum called armchair CEO lurking around somewhere.. I believe the apple board if directors read, nay religiously adopt, the policies and wisdom posted by unsung masses of apple gurus.

    People with your level of business acumen should be on the apple management team.
  19. mantan macrumors 68000

    Nov 2, 2009
    I think this is it. As the iPhone exploded in popularity, a group of people lamented seeing everybody from 10 year old kids to grandma using an iPhone. And somehow it made their device less 'special'.

    I bet there is nobody at Apple who wants their user base to get smaller. The genius was not just getting you to believe you were buying a special luxury product and paying a massive premium to get it. The real genius (in the US) was getting the carriers to subsidize phones and make them accessible to people who weren't willing to drop $800 on a phone.
  20. clukas macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2010
    Apple is a company. Companies are there to make profits. Apple will not do anything to reduce its customer base.
  21. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    OP wants to feel special. The more people that use iPhones the less special he feels. Lol.
  22. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    This 100%

    Apps and the things that they are able to do is what make the ecosystem. This is why few people are moving to windows phones even though they're not bad phones.
  23. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    To me, the fact that even my grandma can use it (for FaceTime, etc) is part of the appeal. I know plenty of people (mostly older non-techies) who won't even consider Android and go straight to the Apple Store come upgrade time because iPhones are easy to use and they've already become familiar with the iOS interface. :rolleyes:

    True. However, I do find it frustrating how the presence of subsidies have artificially inflated smartphone prices until recently.
  24. dishfan82 macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2014
    Well look at T-mobile. You have to pay full price for phones unless you participate in the Jump program. I would say for every 10 people I see with smartphones in their hands 8 out of 10 have an iPhone. The iPhone is the easiest phone to use.
  25. Premium1 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 26, 2013
    The volatile users are usually the ones most entrenched and less likely to leave


    Lol yep.

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