Apples actual response to the Flash issue

Kay C Lan lan.kc.macmail at
Tue May 4 02:06:31 EDT 2010

On Tue, May 4, 2010 at 1:20 PM, Randall Lee Reetz
<randall at>wrote:

> What is the base fear or desire the iphad satisfies?  Surely apple won't
> always own the only product that will meet that need.
> Again you've hit the nail on the head. There is no base fear or desire that
the iPad satisfies. Apple has never had the only product around, in fact far
from it; there were PCs before the Mac, really cheap PCs before the iMac,
mp3 players before the iPod, mobile phones before the iPhone, and tablet PCs
before the iPad. Jobs just has an uncanny, some think unnatural, ability to
persuade enough people (not everyone, not even the majority, in some cases a
piddling insignificant percentage) that they need to open their wallet and
outlay a premium on a device they don't need, that has functionality they
didn't realise they couldn't live without.

The ranking success of a company, the effectiveness of an entrepreneur,
isn't measured by how stupid the consumer is, it's by how black the balance
sheet is.

Could Jobs make a mistake that could take Apple in to the red? Oh,
absolutely. Within 1 quarter? Definitely. Could he turn all Howard Hughes?
On the cards. Is he obnoxious? Undoudtedly. But IMO this current turmoil
will not decline Apple's quarterly revenue, much less have a long term
effect on their profitability.

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