It would be foolhardy to call this the peak for Apple, because you can never be sure what mystery products are lurking in its research and development buildings. However, it is clearly becoming more difficult for Apple, Samsung and others to expand the smartphone sector. The devices are now effectively a commodity, particularly in the western world. The market is for customers looking to upgrade every couple of years rather than those looking to buy their first handset.
But a slowdown in its biggest market makes the $250bn cash mountain that Apple is still sitting on even more intriguing… More at The Guardian.
It is a good point, but one that we all are aware of. It also falls down when you consider that the phone has to be replaced by something. Computers are commodities and so are watches and so many other products, but huge profits continue to be made by those making quality products.
I can’t see Apple creating another blockbuster like the iPhone, but then again we have no idea what comes next and we have to consider what comes in 10 year’s time to understand if Apple has a future. Something tells me it will no matter what.