Apple: No Longer A Computer Company?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by drewdle, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. drewdle macrumors regular

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    In a little less than four years, Apple went from a computer company primarily to a company that sold 100 million iPhones. Given the number of iPads and iPhones selling, and the untold millions more with the new iPhone out, does Apple really need to care about their computer audience? We now make up a relatively small part of their business compared to the billions of dollars generated in mobile sales and the success of the Ap store.

    Also, two hours into WWDC, nothing but the iPhone and iOS4 mentioned so far.

    Thoughts? And no, this isn't an attempt to troll. I'm just noticing that, bereft as I am of an iPhone or iPad (though I do have an old Touch), I seem to be drifting further and further away from Apple's "target" audience. I still love their computers though.

    EDIT: Keynote just ended! Nothing but the iPhone and iOS4? Seriously?
     
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

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    This has been discussed many times. You can see it from the name of the company now.
     
  3. felt. macrumors 6502a

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    what if I told you the iphone and ipad is a handheld computer...
     
  4. belvdr macrumors 603

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    By that logic, so is Casio, because they make watches that make computations.
     
  5. felt. macrumors 6502a

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    my logic is that a "computer" is something with an input device,a display,a cpu,a gpu, and audio output
     
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    So the Mac Pro and Mini aren't computers?
     
  7. drewdle thread starter macrumors regular

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    I suppose it's old news. Just depressing is all. No new desktop announcements, no news on OS X 10.7, zip. While I won't say the iPhone and the iPad aren't great at what they do, it seems like a betrayal of the people that stuck with Apple through the first 30 years they weren't a "mobile devices company".

    Some people are "mobile luddites" I suppose. I fit that description. I have no need for a cell, smartphone, etc. I communicate perfectly with a home phone and a computer. I may not be connected all the time, but then again, I don't find I need to be. I haven't made that a requirement in my life. The main things I do with technology are write (which the iPad and iPhone do not offer a great way to do, IMHO), edit and scan photos, and enjoy music and movies. When I'm on the go, I can read a book for entertainment (remember those?). My needs certainly aren't everyone's, but lots of people rely on Apple computers to do things the portable devices cannot. Shunning them doesn't seem very accommodating.

    Sorry for clogging the forums needlessly. I hadn't thought to look for another thread on the subject.
     
  8. felt. macrumors 6502a

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    you wont be doing much computing unless its hooked up to a display silly.
     
  9. Mord macrumors G4

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    So my server isn't a computer?
     
  10. belvdr macrumors 603

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    What about SSH? Does that count? If not, then I have a ton of HP SuperDomes that aren't computers.

    And what GPU does the iPad have?
     
  11. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    I think the day they changed their name from Apple Computer Inc. to Apple Inc. at MW 2007 was the last possible day you could have formed this opinion without sounding a bit thick.
     
  12. felt. macrumors 6502a

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    last time I checked to ssh into your server required some type of display, no one said the display device had to be local or remote :p
     
  13. drewdle thread starter macrumors regular

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    Point taken. We all have our moments. :)
     
  14. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Now you're just trying to bail water out of your sinking ship of an argument. :p In good humor, of course.
     
  15. belvdr macrumors 603

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    But what if I don't SSH into it, and daemons are running in the background? That means it's only a computer when someone connects to it somehow. Can someone please login to my 'Domes? I need them to be computers ASAP. ;)
     
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    input device = multi-touch display
    display = display
    CPU = CPU
    GPU = integrated into the CPU (I guess, look at IGP)
    audio output = speaker and headphone jack and Dock
     
  17. FX120 macrumors 65816

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    If you scratch out GPU, the casio watch still falls into your definition of "computer"... :D
     
  18. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    Such a tired topic. We've been having this discussion for years.

    Apple is as much a computer company as Sony is. Which is to say: a little bit but not a whole lot.
     
  19. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    That's 100 million iPhones/iPod touches/iPads. And their computer business still represents almost a third of their revenue. Apple is still a computer company, maybe not the one you want, but one none the less.

    And we knew this going in.


    Apple's target audience grew. I don't get where peope feel Apple owes them something.
     
  20. KeriJane macrumors 6502a

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    Of Course Apple is a Computer Company!

    They make some of the best computers out there.

    Just because they've decided to put a little emphasis on the extremely lucrative mobile devices market doesn't mean that they're dropping the ball on Desktop and Laptop computers.

    Just look at where they are relative to anyone else:

    Does anyone else have anything close to a MacBook Pro? Not just by the "numbers" on paper.... does anyone else make an all-aluminum work of art with a stunning display and 10 hour battery? As well as the ONLY Mainstream NON-Windows OS? BTW, Wasn't the MBP just updated with the longer battery life and faster CPUs?

    Desktops? Since when is an i7 desktop out of date? Or an 8-core Nehalem Xeon? Maybe they will be someday soon but they'll probably be updated before then.
    In the meantime, where else are you going to go? A Red Hat Dell? or a Win 7 HP? Why not stop by eMachines? Maybe they've got a Mac Pro Killer.

    Maybe the BOTTOM - END Mac Mini could stand an update but it is the Entry Level Mac Desktop so.... what's the rush?

    Apple could make NO updates for a year and not lose a lot of sales.
    But we all know that the next killer Mac is out there just waiting for us to buy the old one before coming out.

    Nothing wrong with the current lineup for now.....
    Now maybe if there's no changes by New Years.... That might be cause for wonder.


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  21. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Take a look at when the updates have come out. They are getting longer and longer across all product lines. The Mac Pro was last updated in 3/2009, and 1/2008 before that.

    I believe Jobs even made a comment once about having to pull people from one team to beef up another in order to maintain schedule.

    So, they are robbing Peter to pay Paul.
     
  22. yg17 macrumors G5

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    And I hate to say it, but I'm really wondering why my next computer should be a Mac if they're not going to bother keeping them up to date with the newest hardware. It's a big premium to pay for something that's obsolete when you buy it.
     
  23. Marty Macfly macrumors regular

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    Funny. I just said this in another thread.

     
  24. leekohler macrumors G5

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    No one thinks they're owed anything. A lot of people think Apple is not doing what they could with regard to their computers. I would be one of them. Judging from Apple's past, this would seem to be true. They are simply not updating their computer products or OS like they used to.
     

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