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The Macalope Weekly: It's a dirty job

The Macalope | Nov. 12, 2012
Turns out some people still don't get why the Macalope does what he does

NPR wasn't the only outfit running this stuff up the flagpole. OK, The Guardian, yeah. We don't expect much of anything from them. So this seems par for the course. One on which there is a flag pole. (See? These metaphors the Macalope's mixing aren't completely incongruous.)

"We've passed peak Apple: it's all downhill from here" (tip o' the antlers to Michael Burgstahler)

The decision to dump Google's maps for its own, and the changes at the top of the company to eject Scott Forstall and John Browett point to a subtle downward trajectory

Sure. Maps, whatever, Apple never released a flawed product, blah blah blah. But how, exactly, is making all the other executives happy and getting rid of a toxic plague on Apple retail a "downward trajectory"?

Yeah, yeah. Expecting The Guardian to make sense is a fool's errand. But what about The New York Times?

"Product Questions and Threats of Higher Tax Hit Apple Shares"

You will note in the third paragraph of this piece that Apple's stock "slid" 3.8 percent on Wednesday. It is only by the seventeenth paragraph that we're informed Apple's stock is still up 38 percent for the year.

Won't Apple soon run out of people to sell iPhones, iPads and Macs to?

Presumably, Apple's product lineup is set in stone. Just like it was when the company only sold Macs and then again when it only sold Macs and iPods.

Hey, Tim Cook's been on the job a whole year and he hasn't remade a single market yet! What up with that, lazybones?

The company said its new iPad Mini would be among those products with low profit margins, raising concerns that Apple will make less money as it competes in lower-priced segments of the mobile market.

Are these "low" profit margins or just margins that are lower than Apple's existing industry-leading margins?

Let's face it. The only thing Tim Cook can do to appease the naysayers is ship an entirely new product that revolutionizes a market. Is it reasonable to expect him to have done so in a year or even to expect Apple to do so in the two and a half years since the iPad was released? No. But that won't stop people from projecting doom. As the Macalope says, dope springs eternal.

Saturday Special: The RIM of Apple bloggers

Can we talk about Dan Lyons for a minute?

Yeesh. Lyons is, naturally, a member of the Macalope's "no link" club. Yes, club members do get a blazer. The crest on the pocket features an ouroboros and a crying baby.


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