Dan Lyons talks to former Apple sales executive (1984–2004 — not that recent) and gets a scathing critique of Apple and its prospects under Tim Cook. Whole thing feels specious to me (summary: Apple is doomed without Steve Jobs) but let’s focus on just one part:
“The third is that Apple is a `next great thing’ company, and that
in and of itself is unsustainable. They haven’t found the next
great thing after the iPad and iPhone, and their shares in both
those areas are slipping. Of course they are ignoring traditional
computers to a large extent.
“I could add a fourth [factor] related to the third point, but
it’s debatable. Always in the past when Apple screwed up or got
too cocky, they could fall back on a core group of `prosumers’ who
were dedicated to Apple’s products. I think Apple has lost or is
in the process of losing those folks, but I have no way to measure
that other than I know a fair number of folks like myself that are
no longer Apple products evangelists.
“I got a note from [a former Apple colleague] last night that it
was time to replace his wife’s MacBook and he offered to get her
whatever she wanted. She chose Lenovo.”
Apple is “ignoring traditional computers” and is losing the “prosumer” market. And an unnamed former Apple employee’s wife bought a Lenovo notebook. Meantime, Apple is number one in U.S. notebook sales; they’ve released two new MacBook Pros with retina displays that blow away anything from any competitor in terms of professional-caliber display technology, thinness, and weight; and Mac sales have outgrown the PC industry as a whole every single quarter for six consecutive years.
Would be nice to see how well the Mac could be doing if Apple weren’t ignoring traditional computers.