Remember when Apple was beleaguered? That seems like a generation ago. Since iTunes, iPod, Intel, iPhone, and iPad, Apple has been trampling competitors like a big rig Peterbilt squashes a slow moving turtle on a turnpike.
The latest to reach roadkill status is beleaguered RIM, the BlackBerry folks. RIM’s latest financials are pathetic. $2-billion in cash (Apple has about $100-billion). Revenue was down almost 20-percent from last quarter. Shipments of BlackBerry’s are down, too.
RIM’s former half-CEO, Jim Balsillie has “retired.” The CTO is leaving. So is the COO.
Wait. There’s more.
Google’s Android is on the ropes. What? Wasn’t Android “winning?” Apparently unit market share isn’t as valuable as revenue and profit. That’s Apple’s big secret. They understand that to make money, you need to make money.
Android is slumping worldwide under the onslaught of the iPhone and iPad. Mobile phone carriers find it difficult to make Android into an iPhone-like platform that elicits love from the customer, because, and we all know this, who could possibly love a mobile phone carrier?
Even Google admits they make much more money from Apple’s iPhone than they do from Android.
What of Microsoft? Windows Phone hasn’t exactly set anyone’s hair on fire, right? Except Nokia. Apple’s revenue per phone is estimated to be about 40 times that of Microsoft’s licensing scheme for Windows Phone.
How did Microsoft get a deal with Nokia to use Windows Phone? They paid Nokia to use their wares. Boy, that’s a business model Apple is sure to consider. That’ll happen any day now.
What about all those Chinese pre-teens building iPhones and iPads in sweatshops? Once the facts were exposed, all that noise went away. See, the factories are pretty clean, workers are paid well, treated well (thanks to Apple).
Remember all those iPad killers from 2010? Nope. Me neither. How about the second wave of iPad killers in 2011? Flame out. Kindle Fire is the only one that sold in numbers, and, again, the business model of losing money on each unit sold isn’t something Apple cares to be involved in.
Now we hear that Best Buy, that crazy big box store that sells almost all things Apple, can’t make any money selling anything else. They lost almost $2-billion and they’re closing 50 stores to focus on going mobile. Whatever that is.
Where would you rather buy a modern mobile gadget? An Apple Store? Or, from the uniformed pet monkeys at Best Buy?
See the trend? PC’s are passé. Macs are selling at record numbers. Android phones are giveaway treats for mobile phone carriers. But Apple hogs the revenue and profits. In the post-PC era, who’s on top? Microsoft? Or, Apple?
Maybe I should work on a technology roadkill scoreboard. Apple would get all the numbers except zero.