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  • Analyst: Apple's Ecosystem More Valuable Than Its Products


    It's not an argument you've heard many times before, but it's one you will hear again and again in the future. According to the latest proponent of this suggestion, Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, Apple's ecosystem itself is more valuable than the products created by the Cupertino, California tech-giant.

    "The (roughly 100 percent) year over year developer revenue growth seen in 2013 is well ahead of AAPL's overall growth rate and suggests the iOS ecosystem remains the dominant mobile platform for developers," Arcuri said this week.

    Apple's iOS ecosystem - which is fast-becoming one of the world's largest platforms for procuring music, games, movies, television content, and, naturally apps - is the most bankable aspect of Apple's overall business today. As a result, Arcuri doesn't put too much stock into unit sales data released by Apple on its quarterly earnings calls, the next of which is scheduled for January 27th.

    "The Street's love affair with units continues to miss the transition that is underway to a services-based monetization phase," Arcuri says.

    Source: Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Analyst: Apple's Ecosystem More Valuable Than Its Products started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. dwizurd's Avatar
      dwizurd -
      While I do love my apple products, I must admit that having invested so much money into the apple ecosystem is a huge deterrent when considering leaving for android based phones. Now, amidst the rumors of finally getting larger screens, I'm firmly rooted in apple fandom.
    1. XweAponX's Avatar
      XweAponX -
      Quote Originally Posted by dwizurd View Post
      While I do love my apple products, I must admit that having invested so much money into the apple ecosystem is a huge deterrent when considering leaving for android based phones. Now, amidst the rumors of finally getting larger screens, I'm firmly rooted in apple fandom.
      It's not just the larger screen that attracted people, it was the way-lower price tag. I could also add in the idea that you can add more memory to a droid, but that is moot, considering the huge array of BT storage devices that allow you to increase storage to many more times a droid- and simply, adding 16 or 32 g of SD card memory is not going to increase performance one iota.
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      So in a sense, a jailbreak may seem good for apple because sales so called go up in numbers so a good part of the value stays in the software and keeping it exploit free.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Im not even sure its the money spent as most if not all can be recouped if sold. Apple products are expensive don't get me wrong..yet they hold there value. I feel its the overall better experience and stability that keeps me interested and entertained.
    1. Ambi_Valence's Avatar
      Ambi_Valence -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Im not even sure its the money spent as most if not all can be recouped if sold. Apple products are expensive don't get me wrong..yet they hold there value. I feel its the overall better experience and stability that keeps me interested and entertained.
      I never know which way to look at this.

      My MacPro cost me 1700 in 2006, today it might optimistically be worth 500. My friends 500 PC is worth only a tenth of its initial value. Looks good for Apple right?
      Until you tink that it's cost him a 450 loss but cost me a 1200 loss in absolute terms.
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Im not even sure its the money spent as most if not all can be recouped if sold. Apple products are expensive don't get me wrong..yet they hold there value. I feel its the overall better experience and stability that keeps me interested and entertained.
      I have a Win 7 Laptop and absolutely love it, I paid less than 400 usd for an I5 about 13 months ago, it has a 650gb HD 6gb ram and is thin and light, this was a lot of bang for the buck. I have not had any crashes or viruses since I have had this and I'm surfing every day on it. I have had Windows PC's since Windows 3.0 and have yo say since Win 7 its been great. M$ messed up with win 8

      I see greater value with what I have even Apple has to live by Moores law