Story of the Week: Apple starts 2012 with a bang

Posted: januar 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
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by Maryam Nabi

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Apple has done it again. For a brief moment last week, following the announcement that it beat quarterly forecasts with record numbers, the Silicon Valley company once again became the world’s most valuable company.

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This time, though, things were different, with Tim Cook, who took over as Apple’s chief executive from co-founder Steve Jobs, now at the helm.
For David Smith, an independent iOS and Mac developer, the news that Apple had sold 37.04m iPhones in the quarter was “fantastic”.

“There has never been a marketplace like the App Store, it is the best place to be right now,” he wrote.

As a long-time Mac user, David Heinemeier Hansson praised Apple for its “superior products through superior design.” John Gruber of Daring Fireball agreed that Apple’s success is “ proof that you can succeed wildly by focusing first and foremost on making great products.”

In a response to a post by MG Siegler, who wrote that the release of iPhone 4S and holiday shopping contributed to Apple’s massive numbers, Ben Brooks of The Brooks Review wrote that his “bet” is that “Apple keeps this ‘new’ release schedule of a new iPhone every fall”.

Elsewhere, Rick Aristotle Munarriz criticised Apple’s iPad sales. In his blog post on The Motley Fool, he questioned why consumers purchased the iPad 2:

“Given all of this markdown madness, you have to wonder what the 15.4 million buyers of iPads at $499 or higher were thinking. It was a buyer’s market for tablets, yet they went ahead and paid retail,” he wrote.

It was left to The New York Times to sound a discordant note at the end of Apple’s big week. Despite the company’s recent efforts to be more open about its relationships with suppliers, the report pointed to continuing “harsh” working conditions at Foxconn, a supplier on which Apple relies heavily.

According to a NYT survey of Apple’s customers, few Americans know where Apple makes its shiny new gadgets, or care too much.

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