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4 Things Everyone Should Know About Apple

Frank Fox - 2009.11.25 - Tip Jar

When I saw the headline, Four Things You Need to Know About Apple: Apple's actions seem inexplicable - unless you understand how the company views the world, I thought, "That's got to be a great article to read!"

Was I ever disappointed.

This Isn't News

Mike Elgan's starting point: Everything Apple sells is an Apple product. While this true, it is true for every company in the world. If Walmart sells a defective toaster, that reflects badly on the Walmart brand. It doesn't matter that Walmart did not make the toaster or that Walmart sold it for a really low price.

Anything a company sells is its choice, and those choices get attached to its brand. This is nothing special about Apple. So, yes Apple really does care that the apps it sells aren't a bunch of crap, but "one man's trash is another's treasure".

It must be hard to pick through the thousands of new apps that Apples gets every day. If Apple's approval process "sucks", it is a simple combination of too much success and everyone's opinion of "acceptable" being different. When developers, searching for gold, stop flocking in the thousands, then maybe the approval process will get better.

The next point, Apple products are disposable, is laughable. Everyone in the computer business is trying to show how "green" they are. This means that they use lower energy and everything is recyclable. Recyclable is a just a fancy way of saying that something will some day be trash.

Apple, Dell, and HP wouldn't care about making their products recyclable if their products lasted forever. Once again, Elgan is pointing out the obvious.

The third point, Nothing exists unless Apple sells it, almost sounds true in a general business sense. Companies only care about the products they sell. You should never mention the competition in your advertising - why give them any publicity?

On the flip side, Apple fully understands the value of keeping new products secret. Rumors can leak out and interest build up without Apple spending a dime on advertising. This approach keeps the competition off guard and the fan sites in business.

Does Apple Really Want to Fail?

After three boring blurbs about typical company behavior, Elgan sets us up for the final revelation, Apple doesn't want to be a successful business.

How can I begin explaining how dumb this statement is? Everything Apple does is to be a successful business. You can't really believe that Apple put $34 billion in the bank without even trying to succeed. There are far too many things you could waste your money on if you weren't trying to be a success.

Apple dominates almost every market it has entered, including high-end ($1,000 and higher) computers. Apple wastes the least effort going into markets that are commoditized, unless it has a plan to turn its branded product into the one that steers the market forward. Apple is definitely focused on being a successful business, and for Apple wasting money on market share in a low profit market is for fools - and tech writers.

Since Elgan's article has nothing newsworthy about Apple, I can only conclude that the purpose of the article was to bring up every recent story that criticizes Apple. The whole thing reeks of thinly veiled mud slinging - not the four supposedly amazing facts we all need to know about Apple.

4 Things About Apple

If you want to know four facts about Apple try these:

  1. Apple is a business that makes money, not fulfills a tech writers wishes.
  2. Apple is run by Steve Jobs, and a whole bunch of excellent people work at Apple to make it happen.
  3. Apple innovates more than it invents. It use existing computer chips and technology to build things that anyone else could if they tried hard enough. (Trying hard enough means the absolute focus of the CEO and everyone working for him to make a category-changing product.)
  4. Apple is building a huge infrastructure that will allow it to sell all sorts of products. The competition is not prepared for what Apple is becoming.

These four are all specific to Apple, unlike the other list. LEM

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