If you go to the very first entries of my blog, you will find a number of rants against Apple marketing. I asserted that Apple got so many things wrong in the past and as result, ended up as a minor player in the PC industry. I think a lot of what I said in those posts have value and I may have even been right in my assessment of Apple’s product positioning in the past.
But in a significant way, especially in the past three or so years, Apple has been showing the wisdom of not playing the volume seller game. While the rest of the PC market lives on thin margins and requires complementary product sales to make money on their computer business, Apple makes thick margins. Apple is more interested in margin with less revenue than more revenue with less margin.
So, in fairness to Apple, I am checking the tick box in my WordPress Categories list: Things I Eventually Got Wrong. Though it has taken 20+ years, Apple is finally making money on the closed environment and doing a great job at it.
It’s no secret that Apple AAPL is doing really well at the high end of the personal computer business, but the other day I got some data that cast its recent achievements in a whole new light. In September, according to market researcher NPD Group, Macs accounted for 18.9% of all laptops and desktops sold in U.S. retail outlets. For computers priced above $1,000, Apple’s share was an astonishing 89%.
The NPD numbers overstate Apple’s dominance to some degree. They exclude most sales to large enterprises, which strongly prefer high-end PCs to Macs. Still, the business implications are inescapable. While competitors such as Hewlett-Packard HPQ, Acer, and Dell DELL sell vast volumes of $500 laptops that yield razor-thin profit margins, Apple—whose cheapest MacBook sells for $999—is raking in the lion’s share of the industry’s profits.
via Why Apple Leaves Low-End Computers to the Competition – BusinessWeek.
Interesting opinion piece. What strikes me is that Obama can carry himself politically in elections but he can’t carry other elections. It will be interesting to see what happens next November.
The big-government programs of Obama Democrats evidently have less appeal than those trendy posters and inspiring rallies and cries of “We are the change we are seeking.” I have yet to see survey research showing that young Americans want to work under union contracts, with their 5,000 pages of work rules and rigid seniority systems. That doesn’t sound like a tune that appeals to the iPod generation.
Economically, the Obama majority was a top-and-bottom coalition. The Democratic ticket carried voters with incomes under $50,000 and over $200,000, and lost those in between. As the shrewd liberal analyst Thomas Edsall has noted, there’s a tension between what these groups want. High earners in non-Southern suburbs have been voting Democratic since the mid-1990s largely because of their liberal views on cultural issues; low earners vote Democratic because they want more government money shoveled their way.
via Michael Barone: Tuesday’s Biggest Loser: the Union Agenda – WSJ.com.
Cool! Two of my favorite brands coexisting as one. Well, ok not really. But it’s still cool.
BMW has released a new BMW TV app for the iPhone and the iPod Touch. It’s available for free at the App Store.
The international video platform BMW TV provides contributions for every field of the premium automobile manufacturer and offers a unique brand experience: The opportunity to stream the latest videos from the BMW TV platform, a video wall with an interactive interface and also the possibility to filter its content according to various criteria. Just start your requested video easily with your fingertip und bookmark interesting videos.
via BMW TV launches iPhone app.
Thank God. Not that the conservatives have won because they are conservatives but because the process has brought some moderation. Said alternately: It’s not so much that I enjoy the conservative victories and momentum but I do find happiness in the decline of the euphoria of Obamunism. I am glad that independents are truly independent and have the intellectual freedom to not be swayed by ideology and to not march monolithically to the tune of the left or right.
Lessons from the off-year elections: The president’s influence is limited, independents rule, incumbents beware, issues trump ideology and, once more, “It’s the economy, stupid.”
Also: Republicans can win — even if they lack a leader and their base is cracked. And this certainly isn’t the Democratic-friendly political environment of 2006 and 2008 when the party captured control of Congress and the White House.
The first Election Day of Barack Obama’s presidency was a big night for Republicans, who recaptured governorships in the swing state of Virginia and the Democratic stronghold of New Jersey. Democrats won two races for vacant congressional seats, including one in upstate New York that had been long held by Republicans and that exposed a GOP divide.
So, what did we learn about politics, people and their priorities from the handful of races on Tuesday? And how will those lessons shape the maneuvering of Republicans and Democrats ahead of 2010 midterms, when Obama’s prestige will be put to the test across the country?
The results don’t seem to bode well for Obama and his party heading into a high-stakes year as they look to advance an expensive domestic agenda while protecting the Democrats’ grip on House, Senate and gubernatorial seats nationwide. They’ll try to win over people in a country clouded by a job-killing recession, divided over war and, as Tuesday’s results showed, fed up with the powers that be — no matter the political party.
Read the breakdown of AP’s analysis in the link below.
via The Associated Press: Analysis: Election lessons will shape ’10 campaign.
Look, don’t even finish reading my blog posts. Right now, go follow the link. Download the 720p video. If you’re into cars and racing, this video will astound you. I watched it last night and sat there with a huge grin on my face. The sound of the engine of the BMW is so freaking amazing.
Why are you still reading this? Go on. Get out of here.
VIDEO>> THE TOMMY MILNER DRIVER’S EXPERIENCE – Speedhunters.
This is probably because he’s an inconsistent, uninspiring driver and there are no seats on the grid for a man of his “talent.”
Fortunately, the world still needs pizza delivery guys, so he should be good to go.
I’ve always wondered what the less wealthy drivers do with the cars they are given? Do they have their own tracks? Do they get a supply of engines and mechanics to help them run the cars? Or is it just a big ornament in a garage somewhere?
In any case, buh bye Nick.
Nick Heidfeld was overcome by emotion as he drove the final laps of Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to close out BMW’s time in Formula One.The German carmaker has withdrawn from F1, putting the future of the remnants of the Swiss-based team in doubt. Heidfeld finished fifth to lift the team to a sixth-place finish in the constructors’ championship.
“It is a pleasing end to our last season together,” Heidfeld said. “During the last laps, I had to pull myself together in order to keep my concentration.”
To thank him for seven years of service with the team, Peter Sauber will give Heidfeld one of the team’s cars to keep as a memento.
via Heidfeld becomes emotional as BMW bows out of F1 – USATODAY.com.