This is the kind of generic obvious use #$%$ that should not be patentable. We need to drastically overhaul the patent system. It's severely broken.
The reality is, the phone was the easiy and obvious choice to innovate. Apple had great timing. Many others tried before but the technology just wasn't there yet. The next big thing is going to be much more difficult. Everyone wants and needs a phone, not sure the masses will want, or can afford, to shell out 5k for tv or $500 for a watch that does the same thing as their phone does. We'll see, but I think you're seeing a lull in the tech rollouts because the tech isn't ready for the ideas yet. I started developing mobile apps back in 2000, but the screen sizes stunk and the coverage was aweful. You can have a great idea, but if tech can't support what you need to help fulfill your idea, you're kinda screwed and have to wait. Google glass is by far the best innovation we've seen since the iPhone. I'm just not convinced that people are willing to wear those things, I'm not. But you have to admit it's potential is mindboggling.
Huh! Google glass wasn't innovative? Wow, you are lost in the Apple reality distortion field.
All the American carriers should do the same. The day will come where parody will exist and Apple will no longer be able to garner the monopolistic and absurd profit it does today. At some point people will stop having to upgrade their phones every 2 years. Eventually this will all settle down and become common place. It's already starting to happen.
It probably won't rebound until the beginning of next year once the tax laws are known. No rush. It's not going to go anywhere soon anyway. No catalyst.
Apple supporters will tell you that this is due to the fact that consumers were waiting for the iPhone 5. What they don't understand is that the S3 isn't that new a phone either ,which really tells you that if Apple can't innovate faster, they are going to be eaten alive. There is no way the iPhone can keep up with the pace of innovation being displayed by the android devices. It's Apple vs. the world. Apple chose to play that way, and now they will pay the price. It's a Apple redux. If the rumors are true (and based on the S3 I don't see why not), the S4 is going to be huge advancement in smartphone technology, totally blowing everything else completely out of the water. In Feb of 2013, we'll see the real smartphone winner, and it won't be Apple. It won't even be close. That will be the beginning of the end for Apple. It's just a matter of time.
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) lost in court Tuesday as a Texas federal jury ordered it to pay VirnetX Holding Corporation (AMEX:VHC) $368.2 million for infringing patents for virtual-private-network tech, used in Apple’s FaceTime function, which permits users to make video calls. Although VirnetX has hoped for more than $708 million, it will now seek an order through which to block the further use of its inventions.
Went to my mail this weekend. Samsung and Microsoft had a huge open displays right in the center of the mall. Samsung was touting their tablets and SIII and Microsoft the Surface. Both were packed with people. Times are changing. Momentum is swinging. The surface is actually a really nice tablet. I think it will sell far better than people think. Apple products are getting stale and people are realizing there are other choices that offer much more and cost far less. The war is now on, and Apple only has 1 way to go from here.
Not right now, but nothing lasts forever. Apple's closed business practices will ultimately lead to their demise. I think we're starting to see this company top out. Only time will tell. Seriosuly, no big innovations in the last 2 years, just small tweaks to their products.
iPad mini will be a flop in my opinion. Who would buy this over a regular tablet? How many variations do you need? Apple is about to turn the corner to the downside. I beleive it's the beginning of the end. We'll see in a couple of years.
Quartely numbers are what's important. Looks like they are going to struggle getting to 45-50 million units as the euphoria wears off. Only time will tell.
The monopoly comes from iTunes. Apple users have no other choice to get apps and music and Apple makes 30% on all sales. That is a monopoly. The government needs ot step in and give users a choice. Apple needs ot play fair in the marketplace.
Who would risk 1 million to make 7k and then brag about it on the Yahoo message board? Really?
I loved this service when it first launched, but I quickly realized that I ended spending more money than before the service was available. The reason is I spent money on things just becuase they were a good deal and not because they were really something I needed or wanted. Well let's just say, I delete them all now without even looking at them anymore. Most of my friends are the same way. They haven't bought anything from groupon in months.
Lets hope not. Doing so is just adding fuel to the fire. Our society sacrifices everything for the now. This instanity must stop.