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tjgkg
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9/19/2015 | 12:58:49 PM
Re: Still Products and not Services
Totally agree. I switched from Android to iOS and found it to be a much better experience. The apps function better on iOS and i like being able to sync my Outlook data across all my iOS devices instantly. i could not do that with Android. Plus the operating system upgrades were not done universally and there were some real issues with overheating, etc on the lates updates. To me Apple is getting it right and moving in the right direction while Android is sort of lost.
tjgkg
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9/19/2015 | 12:55:17 PM
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The products are where they make their money. They make very good products. Not as revolutionary as before but still good. I think Google sees itself as being the all in one shop. When they come out with free internet services, that will really bring the point home. I don't see Apple ever doing that.
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9/18/2015 | 8:22:43 AM
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"Hardware is Apple's defense against competition. Apps can be copied. Google Maps, meet Apple Maps. But only Apple can authorize OS X/iOS apps that run on its devices. And only Apple can dictate which apps come preloaded on its devices."

Thomas, you are right. Hardware & software can be proprietary. But in order to develop apps, they have to open the OS for developers. They can also decide which Apps can be list with their istore.
Thomas Claburn
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9/10/2015 | 4:47:53 PM
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>After all this time, I guess I'm surprised that Apple still sees itself as a PRODUCT company first

Hardware is Apple's defense against competition. Apps can be copied. Google Maps, meet Apple Maps. But only Apple can authorize OS X/iOS apps that run on its devices. And only Apple can dictate which apps come preloaded on its devices.
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9/10/2015 | 3:19:14 PM
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I agree.  While it's definitely a product play for Apple, the biggest strength they have is their user experience.  I've spoken with lots of people who have changed between iOS and Android devices and it always comes down to the user experience.  You have power users who want full functionality where they can control every detail, and there are others who want to turn on a product and use it, and have the same familiar interface across different formats (iPad, iPhone etc).  There will always be a split market, and the good thing is that Apple understands exactly the type of player they are, a product developer.
Ariella
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9/10/2015 | 2:28:08 PM
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@Jastroff Ah, you only say that because you have not been absorbed by the Apple fan borg. 
jastroff
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9/10/2015 | 2:21:46 PM
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I guess the bright, shiney things idea is pretty strong still

But Apple had iTunes and other services that made the devices worth having

There's very little I can do with an iPhone I can't do with an Android, etc. There's very little physical product differentiation these days -- it's in the services - which, are pretty much all the same as well
Ariella
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9/10/2015 | 12:08:43 PM
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@jastroff I think that's just the way people view things; they see more obvious value in products than in services because one is concrete and the other is not.
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9/10/2015 | 9:53:12 AM
Still Products and not Services
After all this time, I guess I'm surprised that Apple still sees itself as a PRODUCT company first, and a SERVICES company second. The products are real to them, the services are etheral, 

Their marketing must be a breeze if its mostly product based -- it's like selling a box of soap powder, more or less


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