Guess you missed the new 11" MBA and the new redesigned 13" MBA.Will Apple eventually stop with the Macs altogether? They aren't giving much attention at all to the Macs now compared to the iDevices, and the iDevices are bringing in most of the profit...
Cite your source that details apple's profits are solely from the iDevices. This makes no sense given the rising marketshare, and the quarterly reports that apple has.
Yeah, but a PC could literally do everything a typewriter could do, and do it better. (And it made carbon paper obsolete in the process) You can't say that about an iOS device vs. a Mac.30 years ago you could have asked, "is IBM going to stop making typewriters? I mean they seem really focused on their new line of personal computers?"
Toyota also makes a lot of mid sized vehicles, cars, crossovers, etc.Company are capable of managing divergent product lines. Toyota makes Tundra pickups and Priuses. Sony makes all level of video cameras and home stereos, TVs, etc. I make breakfast and dinner. etc. etc.
Even if I agreed with your assertion (which I don't), and Apple only care about iDevices, what do you think is used to create the software (both Apple's and 3rd party) which has made these things so successful?Will Apple eventually stop with the Macs altogether? They aren't giving much attention at all to the Macs now compared to the iDevices, and the iDevices are bringing in most of the profit...
Wrong, according to my last visit at the Apple Store and from what I read. Their manager said it was somewhere over 60% percent from iDevices and will probably go up slightly with introduction of iPad 2.
UPDATE:Wrong, according to my last visit at the Apple Store and from what I read. Their manager said it was somewhere over 60% percent from iDevices and will probably go up slightly with introduction of iPad 2.
This sounds right because in late-2009, CompTIA mentioned this in an article for technicians. I would think with extreme growth of iPad, which can happen because of iPad 2, maybe 70% percent being iDevices for revenue or "net" income, or both.
I couldn't imagine 95% percent in either revenues or net profit. (I can't find anything on the internet that is any sort of industry related article that quotes this high of a percentage).
I know the iDevices have done well, and that SJ mentioned it's the biggest part of Apple, but I don't remember him saying 95% percent, do you?
Even if SJ said that live or off the cuff, then why would CompTIA, who represents nearly 3,000 technical companies, state a number in the 60th percentile (if even the high-60th percentile?) And why would Apple even be making any Macs if it only constituted five percent of either sales and/or net profit?
I think we all know SJ can say a lot of things over the top , and he was across the street from my school, however, the guy is known for being a little enthusiastic. If you were at the keynote and he said 95% percent, terms like 95% or 90% percent is a lot of peoples' way of simply saying "majority".
Think of all the times people say "ninety percent" when they actually mean "most". "That relief pitcher turns to his changeup 90% percent of the time when the score is close!"...Really? (says who?) How about saying, that pitcher turns to the changeup most of the time when the score is close? I guess "most of the time" doesn't sound as dramatic as "90% percent of the time". I can't say I heard SJ use the term 95% percent (though it's so typical of his hard sell demeanor and/or enthusiasm) and my CNN download of entire talk, including a few minutes after his speech is one where he mentioned "most" of Apple and not "95% percent". Of course, this time I was not there at an Apple or industry event/seminar so I can't say for sure.
That being said, if iDevices sustain or improve on that 70% percent, I think there is very little that is keeping Apple making computers forever. Apple can make a living just on iDevices and be far ahead of many other companies in Silicon Valley. What percentage do we have on cellphones-smartphone market? on MP3 players? on MP3 downloads? Suffice to say, Apple is doing extremely well on those fronts and can do without Macs if they chose to. But I am still glad that Apple does Macs. Like others may have suggested, if Apple stops making Macs, it's because the iDevices evolved to the point of swallowing up the Mac. The full sized tower could one day shrink into a Mac mini sized machine and the Macbooks could be swallowed up into very sophisticated iPads (or what comes next in iPad line).
Most people I know who have iPhone or iPod, and download from iTunes use PCs, and its those who have made Apple's employee base quadruple since the invention of the iPod. Steve Jobs definitely did say that these devices are "the" future of the industry. With MP3 players generically being called iPods and smarthphones being almost nothing without mention of iPhone, I would say that his huge predictions of where devices would lead us was not off target, but maybe just a little premature. In the end, his predictions eventually came out to be true.