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I don’t think there’s anyone more excited than I am about never having to deal with a terribly designed car infotainment system again. I have used the best and the worst, and they are all downright horrible. I have also found that the more expensive the car, the worse the system you’re stuck with is. Bentley? The worst. Mercedes? Getting better but still horrid. Porsche? Functional but basic. Tesla is in another league so we’re going to leave them out of this for now. But seriously, let’s just go over this one time and one time only so we don’t ever have to speak about it again, alright?
So much time, effort, and emotion are expended on analyzing everything at Apple that it’s a wonder surprises still manage to emerge.
But on hearing that a new book called “Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs” was to emerge, some felt a tinge of excitement.
Written by former Wall Street Journal reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane, it promised (at least in some imaginations) to reveal secrets of Cupertino life.
An excerpt from the book was published Friday in the Journal and the revelations are few.
If you’d imagined that Apple CEO Tim Cook didn’t have quite the same style as Steve Jobs, this excerpt confirms it. He is described as not having “the quasi-religious authority that Jobs had radiated.”
He is also described as “arguably a better manager than Jobs.”
There are many of the already received wisdoms about Cook being more practical, more pragmatic, more orderly, more disciplined, and more modest.
Thankfully, he is still described as being scary. “He could strike terror in the hearts of his subordinates,” says the book. That’s a relief. It would be awful if Apple had suddenly turned into a holiday camp for the indolent.
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The U.S. smartphone market grew by 21 percent in 2013 and the big sales winner was Apple with 45 percent of the market. The NPD Group shared the annual data on Thursday, noting that the iPhone maker experienced a small boost over 2012′s U.S. market share of 44 percent. Samsung and LG also grew U.S. sales at the expense of HTC and Motorola.
And speaking of expenses, those who can afford more of them generally bought iPhones. NPD broke out smartphone market share by consumer income levels and found that Apple rules the roost for customers with $ 60,000 or more in annual income.
Source: The NPD Group/Mobile Phone Track
Save for device refreshes, the real U.S. growth continues to be in the lower income segments, with those earning less than $ 60,000 in income accounting for 56 percent of the U.S. smartphone sales market. And sales growth for those earning less than $ 30,000 a year in the U.S. jumped to 31 percent in 2013 from 21 percent in 2012.
The situation could bode well for HTC, which has strung together eight quarters of slowing sales by trying to compete with both Apple and Samsung at the high end. Earlier this month, the company said it would be looking harder at the lower- to mid-range smartphone segment. I’m still leery of the company turning things around quickly however: Motorola has already introduced a fantastic low-cost phone in the $ 179 Moto G; Samsung too competes well in this space.
As for Apple, having the top overall market share in its home country is a good problem to have. And until something disruptive comes along that’s not from Apple, there’s little reason to suggest the company will have problems staying atop the market.
Even so, it’s clear that Apple is trying to branch out in other markets and segments. Getting the iPhone on China Mobile, which has more than 750 million subscribers, opens the door to potentially massive sales there. And this is the first iPhone cycle I can remember where we saw near-immediate retail discounts on the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, which could help boost 2014 sales for those with less disposable income.
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