On October 22nd, Apple is finally launching new iPads. This launch can't come soon enough. It wasn't long ago that Apple fans were slapping each other on the back and crowing about how, one day, Apple would be known as "the iPad company."
Did you know that Google can slash 10% off of the market value of the entire US Computing Industry? That's right, simply by executing on their Android strategy they can decimate personal computing's investment value. How, you may ask?
A few years ago, Apple held a remarkable competitive position in the tablet market. The company was not only was first-to-market (Apple basically invented the tablet category). Apple also had both the premium product AND the lowest price. As competitors scrambled to catch up with the iPad, most of the early competitive tablets were both worse than the iPad and more expensive. That is an extremely rare position for a company to be in. And it's no surprise that Apple basically had the tablet market to itself for a couple of years.
By pretty much any measure, biotechnology company Illumina's growth has been spectacular. When Jay Flatley joined as CEO in 1999, the San Diego-based business had 25 people. It now employs more than 3000. The stock price has tripled since its IPO in 2001 to reach new highs this year, and sales hit $1.2 billion in 2012.
Extending help to homeless residents of Silicon Valley does little if the people on the streets refuse to hear the offer. To overcome the disconnect and bridge the trust between outreach workers and the people they help, EHC Lifebuilders in Silicon Valley often hires workers who have been homeless themselves.
It wasn't long ago that Apple fans were slapping each other on the back and crowing about how, one day, Apple would be known as "the iPad company." The theory was that iPads were such a mega-hit new product category that iPad sales would continue to grow at astronomical rates until, eventually, they might even eclipse sales of the iPhone. You don't hear that theory much anymore.
By Ashraf Eassa:Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, as well as the 10" iPad, may be coming under fire in a way that most people don't expect. I believe that the upcoming "threat" to Apple's market share in the mainstream computing space (iPad/MacBook Air price levels) can be protected, but it will require that the company take a long, hard look at the strategy that it is currently pursuing.