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10-20-2011, 03:21 PM #21
Almost every major label smartphone out there right now retails, without subsidy, at or more than $600. Nexus series sells $500+ no-contract, most first-run HTC devices sell for 600-700, and Nokia sells their newer N-Series phones unlocked for at least $500. Do you think they don't have high profit margins?
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10-20-2011, 03:29 PM #22
While that is true, Apple is still growing as a company. So in reality, a fixed price model wouldn't work. The more they sell, the more stores they will have to open, as well as everything else that goes with opening new stores. It could be international stores, it could be new overseas HQs. So while the more they sell will turn up larger margins, sooner or later they will have to dip back into that cash to continue expanding.I'd rather be on two wheels.
10-20-2011, 05:00 PM #23
Don't kid yourselves guys. Apple is making a killing off of iPhones since introduction, and they still are making a killing now.If it were not for the iPhones I would not own an Apple product.
10-20-2011, 06:40 PM #24
All the money is in the service not the phone
10-20-2011, 06:53 PM #25
10-20-2011, 11:26 PM #26
[QUOTE]So Apple can build a 64GB iPhone 4S for 70% less than you pay for the unlocked version. That's a huge margin.[QUOTE]
In other words, Steve Jobs (as sole Apple employee) sat in his Cupertino office, whipped up a sketch of the i4S, sent it to the factories in China, and then waited for the 70% profit margin roll in.
The reality is that Apple needs to spend a lot of money on people doing R&D for hardware and software, plus overheads for sales, marketing, regulatory compliance, IT support, HR, legal, etc etc.
I'm sure Apple make a healthy margin on their products, but it would be nowhere near the size claimed by the absurdly simplistic analysis in this article.
10-20-2011, 11:46 PM #27
10-21-2011, 09:30 AM #28
you guys forgot to talk about the App store, that's where Apple are making the real $$$$$
10-21-2011, 10:22 PM #29
i want to buy a couple of the individual parts and and install them into my iPhone 4 to make it an iPhone 4s. that would be awesome.
10-22-2011, 04:46 AM #30
10-23-2011, 05:06 AM #31
These are additional points that I have not seen being mentioned so far.
Apple also has to invest in servers and their maintenance which are being used by iCloud and Siri. Plus they need to keep a certain stock of "replacement" iPhones, certainly at the beginning, as later on they have enough faulty ones to build new "replacement" ones.
10-24-2011, 01:14 PM #32