If you're like me in the realm of all-things-Apple, you are still waiting for your iPhone 5. I've put myself into several Target Mobile waiting lists (thinking Target Mobile is not a highly sought out venue for iPhones - thus I could get one quickly), but my plan has apparently backfired.
John Paczkowski over at AllThingsD has a great article on iPhone 5 being virtually impossible to get in Hong Kong due to staggering demand. What makes the article so great? Cowbell and Bruce Dickinson of course. If you don't know what I'm talking about then you need to get with the program and check this out. At least John's all over it.
Apple can't possibly sell nearly 200 million iPhones from October 2012 - September 2013, or can they? Based on Apple's initial report of selling 5 million iPhones during it's first weekend their is skepticism. Rumors from the far east claiming FoxConn is having strikes at iPhone manufacturing facilities is also cause for concern, but mostly to investors looking for bad news in order to sell off their rapid earnings in Apple stock and make a quick buck.
Amazon's revamped Kindle lineup is failing. We T-GAAP-ers figured this would be the case, but it's about to show up in spades this December quarter. The WSJ is reporting Apple has ordered 10 million iPad mini's from their contract manufacturing partner/s, double that of Kindle Fire HD orders.
Amazon is banking heavily that their Kindle Fire HD $199 hook price will deliver volume sales, but that's highly unlikely to materialize. Apple has shown little interest in playing to the lowest common denominator market, and is likely to deliver the iPad mini at $399, while the older iPad 2 stays in the lineup at the same price point until year's end to deliver more consumer choice.
No one questions Steve Jobs' extreme pursuit of perfection. And even though he's been gone for a full year now, Apple's 5th Avenue store in Manhattan only serves his devotion to detail in many areas. Jobs work underscored how futile it is other companies in the technology field to devote fain attention in believing they can top Apple at their own game.
For the past four years Apple's profit margins have continued improve while mystifying the experts. In March 2008, Apple reported a 13.9% profit margin for the quarter. Now compare that to the March 2012 quarter where Apple reported a 29.6% profit margin. It seems nearly impossible with increasing competition that is specifically targeting Apple, and with pricing pressures at every turn, that Apple can continually grow its profit margin.
To make matters worse China often boosts their minimum wage rate by 30% at a time. In fact, China has done this numerous times during the last decade. So how has Apple been able to continue to grow its margins?
Safari Users can change their search engine using a plugin called AnySearch (outlined in a previous article), and default search engines can also be easily changed in Firefox and Chrome. Now that we know the default search engine can be changed, what should we go with?
Google Search is the most popular search engine, but there are better alternatives. DuckDuckGo is one of those as outlined in a previous article. I have been using it for months and have been very happy with it. It has an extensive list of search features that take time to discover, but it is well worth it. With Google's questionable privacy practices, it is best to minimize the use of there free products. Search is a great place to start.