Apple’s Business Philosophy

26 02 2018

A Philosophy
is needed to be successful over decades.

Companies that continually create value over the long term, meaning decades or more, learn how to ingrain the ability into their corporate makeup; it becomes part of their culture and DNA. They create value, jobs, and growth because of their ability to institutionalize innovation.

Andrew Taylor, Boston Consulting Group
about Apple

Humans are designed to absorb visualized information in a jiffy and in many cases remember this information much longer than any other stimulation of senses. That’s why people say

A picture is worth a thousand words.

So here is a mind map (an octopus-like visualization of a topic) summarizing some ideas which make up Apple’s business philosophy.

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Death, Taxes, iPhone Rumors

19 02 2018

are the three constants in modern life.

And there’s more we all can recognize.
So-called “News” about upcoming iThings are clickbaits. Bloggers around the world do follow all spasmodic coughs of so-called analysts. In some cases they’re right but in all cases we can realize that there intention is just getting attentionclicks money.

What are the benefits of knowing details about devices months before they are presented at Steve Jobs’ Theater or elsewhere? None. But …

Apple enjoys a cult-like following for its platforms, especially following the massive increase in popularity for the brand brought about by the huge increase in sales for all its products that started around the time the company introduced the original iPod in late 2001. The mass usage of computing devices in everyday life, mixed with Apple’s vertical integration of its products, has helped to bring about this increase in popularity, and combined with a tight-lipped corporate policy about future products, helped foster an interest in the company’s activities. So it’s not an unhappy love affair between Apple and fortune tellers.

Let me put you out of your misery. Here are the latest tokens from the rumor mill.

  • Apple to release iOS 51 on June 29, 2057, iPhones 50th birthday
  • iPad 48’s WiFi gets the Multi-Media Tech Award from North-Korean Government
  • Apple’s iPad Smart Cover now available in XXXL covering up to 4 devices with your Apple IDs, passwords, fingerprint, and face engraved
  • Ming – Chi Kuo Jr. seem to confirm that iPad 34 will sport a nuclear reactor replacing the Li-Ion Dino manufactured and assembled in North Korea
  • Craig (@HairForceOne) Federighi, Maestro of Bits and Bytes, filed a lawsuit against his coiffeur for copying and selling his hairdo to an AR app developer
  • Apple is starting the production of its most anticipated neural engine for humans; its massively criticized because of complete incompatibility with Android engines already working in 85% of all human beings
  • Apple now offers Apple Health Care to cover accidents caused by AR distraction

Oh, I nearly forgot that hackneyed saying:

Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comments.

See you.

In their book Psychology of Rumor, Allport and Postman (1947) formulated the basic law of rumor, in which the strength of the rumor (R) is linked to the importance (i) and to the degree of ambiguity (a) of the topic, such that: R ≈ i × a. Regarding Apple i represents the highest possible value in the tech industry and a the many features consumers like to have but Apple doesn’t deliver.

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Apple @ India

17 02 2018

A relationship which should be improved.

Apple came to India in 2008. In May 2016 Tim Cook visited India for the first time as the head of Apple and met India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Why? Well, India is the 2nd largest country in the world (by population) but Apple’s footprint is near to be insectile. In April 2017 iPhone production started in India. The company has partnered with Taiwanese WISTRON to assemble iPhones in Bangalore often referred to as the Silicon Valley of India.

India is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the world and has become a sweet spot as the company is facing headwinds in China.

Consumers in India need affordable phones, but Apple’s iThings are all premium.

Most smartphones sold in the country are priced around or under $150, with only a fraction of the country’s billion-plus citizens able to afford an iPhone (about 3% market share as of Oct 2017 / statista com).

Additionally there are some barriers to break down.

Tim Cook’s efforts are to abide by Narendra Modi-led government’s „Make in India“ program.


Apple doing badly in India?

An Apple Store in India?

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Don’t worry, be happy, Samsung

29 01 2018

Rumor has it that Apple may release three new iPhones in 2018. Two of them – the suspected 5.8-inch flagship and it’s 6.5-inch Plus-size counterpart – are said to feature OLED screens.

Demand for Organic Light-Emitting Diodes is so high that Samsung considered opening a new manufacturing plant to process Apple’s order, the report said, but has been able to manufacture enough of the panels to fill Apple’s order.

All that glitters is not gold.

There are lots of disadvantages coming with OLED displays (Lifespan, Color balance, Efficiency of blue OLEDs, Water damage, Outdoor performance, Power Consumption). Not to forget the horrendous price. My eyes are old but even younger eyes can live with Retina LCDs in iPhones which are about $100 cheaper.

More …

About the expected deal with Samsung

About the OLED technology

About Samsung Display Solutions

Thanks for 🏄 by.


25 01 2018

Paying tribute to
outstanding leaders and an awesome team

Beside the impressive numbers there‘s more. Apple is well-known for its loyal user base, customer service and satisfaction.

More …

Understanding SEC Filings

SEC Filing Form 10-K Annual Report 2017

Chart created on an iPhone 6s Plus.
You need good 👀 or 👓 as well as a steady 🤚.

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Terry Gou Tai-Ming

8 01 2018

Terry Gou Tai-Ming,
what‘s your take on these accusations?

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (鴻海精密工業股份有限公司), aka FOXCONN, is Apple’s biggest supplier and the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer. Foxconn has been involved in several controversies, including a spate of suicides in 2010 at its Chinese factories, blamed on its treatment of employees and working conditions.

To assess the problems one should know:

  • Nearly all globally acting companies make use of cheap labor.
  • The manufacturers themselves are primarily responsible for enforcement of human rights. Countries, their legislation and their authorities, are under obligation to avoid infringements of generally accepted human rights.
  • There is not enough good-paying work in a world where everything gets automated and demand languishes. This leads to a situation that even children already have to support their parents for fighting against poverty.
  • If prices would be adjusted to fair wages of labor we would have a world-wide crisis and crowds of people in third-world countries would loose their jobs.
  • Economic exploitation happens primarily in authoritative countries where people have no chance to claim their rights.


Production at Foxconn

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Sophisticated Pricing

20 12 2017

Increasing revenues with flash memories

Costs for the flash memories of Apple’s iPhone lineup as of Dec 2018 in Germany …

iPhone X

64 GB/€1149 256/1319 €/32 GB = 28.33

iPhone 8

64 GB/€799 256/969 €/32 GB = 28.33

+ 30% for the memory of older models

iPhone 7

32 GB/€629 128/739 €/32 GB = 36.67

iPhone 6s

32 GB/€519 128/629 €/32 GB = 36.67

iPhone SE

32 GB/€409 128/519 €/32 GB = 36.67

Any Questions?

No, economically reasonable.
It’s just an optimization of revenues.
Definitely one of the strengths of Apple.

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