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    Apple Finances: Good is Never Good Enough

    July 22nd, 2015

    There’s something about inflated expectations, and it appears Apple just can’t win. If they beat those expectations, that should be a good thing, but if Wall Street decides it still wanted better numbers, as questionable as those estimates might be, well, that’s a bad thing.

    So Apple had another blowout quarter. Apple earned higher revenues and higher profits than in any comparable quarter — ever. The company’s own guidance was exceeded. The iPhone and the Mac are growing sales ahead of saturated markets. But success is never enough when it comes to Apple.

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    Apple Watch: The 97% Factor

    July 21st, 2015

    The general perception up to now has been that the Apple Watch has had a mixed customer reaction. Some people love them, but others might reconsider their purchase. A few tech pundits I’ve interviewed admitted they would not have purchased one if they didn’t need it to provide coverage of the product.

    Reviews have also been decidedly mixed, citing version 1.0 glitches, partly due to the fact that apps were linked from a paired iPhone rather than run native. That situation is changing, so performance slowdowns are apt to be reduced. The question is whether this and other glitches are enough to reduce satisfaction with the product.

    The other issue is usability, with some suggesting it’s a little confusing to use.

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    Newsletter Issue #816: Another Report about the Hit Bait Generation

    July 20th, 2015

    You probably recognize the tune. One big way for a site to attract traffic is to include Apple Inc. in the title, even if the article makes only a passing reference to the company. It doesn’t matter whether it comes from an individual blogger or a multinational publishing conglomerate. Unfortunately, it also doesn’t matter if the story is true, half-true or totally false. Just say “Apple-yadda-yadda” and people will pay attention, or at least that’s what they must believe.

    That explains why alleged Apple scandals still get coverage even after they are over and done with or were not what they were claimed to be. I mean, do you still want to hear about AntennaGate?

    I can give lots of examples, but one immediately comes to mind. The other day, in one of my forums, someone posted a link to last year’s BBC documentary that attacked Apple’s treatment of factory workers in its Asian supply chain. This is old news. The New York Times ran a hit piece about it a few years ago, but the claim is similar. Workers who build Apple’s gadgets are getting slave wages, and working long hours in substandard factories. The number of suicides is, as a result, extremely high.

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    About Apple Watch Sales — or Lack Thereof

    July 17th, 2015

    There’s been a whole lot of play in the media about the alleged collapse of Apple Watch sales. Supposedly millions were sold during the first few weeks, and over time, demand fell precipitously. Well, at least according to a market research firm that most of us previously never heard of known as Slice Intelligence. The firm, based in Palo Alto, CA, claims to use a panel of 2.5 million people to tabulate online purchases in the U.S.

    Well, as of July, sales have supposedly fallen to below the 10,000-per-day level, and that might have been reason enough for the recent slide in Apple’s stock price. Wall Street is particularly sensitive to such reports, real, fake, or somewhere in between.

    Now I have no idea whether or not Slice’s figures are accurate. I have no idea whether Apple will reveal Apple Watch sales figures during the quarterly conference call with financial analysts on Tuesday, July 21. Last quarter, the question wasn’t even asked.

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