I told you I loved Family Guy. Now I know why. Where else would a major show write this into the script? (Perhaps this was intentionally added to kick Microsoft for pulling out of their sponsorship at the last minute.)
But I just don't know how I feel about this. Halfway through the video I was getting nauseous (perhaps that was the camera work) but it seems like everything that Microsoft is trying to do around marketing itself as just as hip as Apple (first it was Zune packaging, then the "I'm a PC" TV commercials, the too-cute-for-business people Windows 7 ads and now Microsoft Retail Stores) seems to come off as too contrived.
Am I just being harsh? Or has all those years of selling against Microsoft tainted me. What say you?
Interesting story by Philip Elmer-DeWitt (probably the coolest financial journalist name ever) about how poorly sales of iPhones have gone in China.
Is it me, or is there a story everyday spelling doom for the Cupertino cash machine?
When I used to work at Apple (1991-1999) we had our share of real issues. Our machines in those days were overpriced and underpowered and based on the failing PowerPC platform. Developers were leaving the platform in droves for better pastures in Windows-land. There was no roadmap for new Apple products or even a new operating system. Even if you loved the Mac good luck finding one in Circuit City or (yikes!) BJs, Costco and Sears (yes, we sold them there in those days). Yet with some Stevie J. magic and some amazingly good marketing (and just a bit of that reality distortion field thrown in Philip) we managed to turn that ship around.
Flash-forward ten years and everything that ailed the company is now a huge asset. Apple products are competitively priced and based on the newest Intel chipsets. The App Store is now the new platform for small developers to get to market and make some real cash. Apple's roadmap and design prowess has never been sharper and the world is beating a path (literally) to Apple Store doors. And there is real innovation here - unlike the original iMac which was really no better than the Performa it replaced (yet marketed a whole lot better - get the theme?) And have you seen or used a new iPod Nano lately? (my son just got one.) Amazing. And a lot more 'amazing' is coming soon...
So I have a message for the financial pundits out there spelling Apple doom. If it didn't happen in the 90s, it ain't gonna happen now. Save your ink.
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