December 18, 2012

Apple's Perception Problem Is Huge

Joe Wilcox, Beta News

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For more than a decade I've quipped: "In business perception is everything". For some brands, this axiom is truer than for others. Apple leads the list, much to its determent. For more than a month now, I've read speculative stories from all quarters trying to figure out why the company's stock tailspins. Some people blame the fiscal cliff, others taxes. Meanwhile, the anti-Apple crowd delights in rumors iPhone sales are slowing and the mini cannibalizes iPad 4 sales. There's an aura of doom that I can only describe as the anti-reality distortion field. Earlier today, Apple shares briefly dipped below $500, a low not seen since around Valentine's Day. Bloggers are beside themselves posting about this catastrophe -- or so they see it. I laugh, because they are a large part of the...

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December 13, 2012
Google Maps App for iPhone Steers Right
David Pogue, New York Times
It was one of the biggest tech headlines of the year: in September, Apple dropped its contract with Google, which had always supplied the data for the iPhone’s Maps app. For various strategic reasons, Apple preferred to... more ››
December 13, 2012
Why I Don't Care About an Apple iTV
Grant Clauser, Electronic House
The rumors and speculation over an Apple television are back, and I really don’t care. According to reports in the Wall Street Journal, Apple is still stealthily pursuing a game-changing television that will bring Sony,... more ››
December 12, 2012
Google's Schmidt: We're Beating Apple
Brian Womack, Bloomberg
Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android is extending its lead over Apple Inc. (AAPL) in the mobile-software market at a rate that compares with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s expansion in desktop software in the 1990s, Google Chairman... more ››
December 12, 2012
Apple Tests Designs for a TV
Luk & Lessin, Wall Street Journal
Apple Inc. is working with component suppliers in Asia to test several TV-set designs, people familiar with the situation said, suggesting the U.S. company is moving closer to expanding its offerings for the living room. ... more ››
December 11, 2012
The Real Reason Apple's Stock Is Slumping
Kevin Kelleher, Pando Daily
For a company at the peak of its game, Apple sure had a dismal week. The stock slumped 9 percent without any negative news, and in the midst of what could be its strongest quarter ever. In fact, Apple’s stock is down 24... more ››