Case Study- Google, Apple, and Microsoft Struggle for Your Internet Experience 1) Compare the business models and areas of strength of Apple, Google, and Microsoft Apple, Google and Microsoft each have their own strengths and uniqueness. These three top companies create and innovate new ideas to change the way we experience the internet. Apple began their dominance in the smart phone and mobile internet experience with their iPhone and iPad. These two major introductions to the Apple line up along with their already popular iPods represented 62% of the 2011 revenues. Currently Apple is a dominant force in the market of mobile, music and computers and with each generation wanting more of these Apple products, there is no sign of them slowing down.
This is the case study of Apple from the iPod to the iPad - a classic example of Corporate Strategy in action. First mover advantage, product life cycles, pricing strategy, key success factors, Kaizen, market profiling and much more are revealed in the Apple story. A story which has led to the sale of 575 million digital devices, and a market cap of $575 billion in just ten years. 585,000 apps in the App store producing 25 billion downloads since launch, a measure of the success of the digital hub strategy. Contents 1 Introduction 2 Company Background 3 Distribution and Market Segments 4 Business Strategy 5 The Digital Hub 6 Market Segmentation 7 Apple in 2001 8 Launch of the iPod 9 Here comes the Zune 10 Brand Development and Product Extension 11 Developments in Distribution 12 Strategic Alliances 13 The launch of the iPhone 14 What next for Apple - The Games Console 15 The launch of the iPad 2010 16 Lessons from the iPad 3.0 2012 17 Summary and Conclusions 18 Appendices George Bernard Shaw and Steve Jobs Looking for unreasonable men The iPad update- 2012 About the Author John
With the introduction of the iPod in 2001, Apple sparked a digital revolution, which allowed consumers to carry thousands of songs on a single small device in their pocket. The iPod was smashing success, and quickly became a pillar of Apple's product lineup. But the real advantage of the iPod was its integration with iTunes. Apple launched iTunes with a built in music store in 2003, and sold over 100 million songs in the first year. This digital content service charged for music, and its ease-of-use and tight integration with the popular iPod proved irresistible to consumers.
* It is the third largest mobile phone manufacturer following Samsung mobile and Nokia. * Apple went public in 1980 and by 1982 it hit $1 billion in sales becoming the first manufacturer of personal computers to make such revenue. * With over 13,500 employees all over the world, the labor policies of this giant have been the source of much complains and criticism. * All over the world, apple distributes and sells products via a channel of online stores, sales offices, authorized dealers and using
The netbook success was immediate, from 1 million pieces shipped in 2007 to more than 14 million units in 20084, supported by telecom operators bundling netbook with mobile broadband access. In 2009 the sales kept rising at incredible speed, up sevenfold in the first quarter5. The success brought analysts to question the future of Apple6, urging the company to introduce a competitive product. And Apple did it: ‘Media Tablets Eclipse Netbook
Less than 10 years later, BusinessWeek ranked Apple as the top performer in its 2006 BusinessWeek 50. They are optimistic about the economies of scope with media giants, such as Disney and Pixar. Apple believes a high-quality buying experience with knowledgeable salespersons who can convey the value of Apple's products and services greatly enhances its ability to attract and retain customers. Apple sells many of its products and resells certain third-party products in most of its major markets directly to consumers, education customers, and businesses through its retail and online stores. Apple has also invested in programs to enhance reseller sales, including the Apple Sales Consultant Program, which places
APPLE Apple, the largest company in the world by market capitalization, said it would return some of its estimated $100bn cash stockpile to shareholders by making quarterly dividend payments of $2.65 and spending up to $10bn on share repurchases. It is a world famous American company that has become well known for its technological products or what is globally called as “i-Family” products. The company started its business in America where is originally established and a few years later has become the largest technology company in the world and the nation’s most highly valued enterprise. The Apple’s growth rate of year 2011 was $108,249 billion in revenue which was approximately 670 percents rising since the year 2005. More interestingly, the earning per share for Apple was $27.68 per share, which has been increasing by 1,686 percents within the past six years.
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Apple Inc. is an American technology company that designs and sells consumer electronics, as well as a complimentary software line for its products. Through such products as the IPod (2001, 2004 re-launch), IPhone (2007) and Ipad (2010), Apple has revolutionized the consumer electronics industry and has dominated the mobile electronics industry. The paper will focus on attempting to identify how Apple Inc. uses the four Ps in its marketing mix to promote its range of computing, mobile, and mobile computing products. Product Many people would identify Apples products as innovative and ground breaking; however all of Apple’s “innovators” or the last 12 years have been reimagined versions of existing products. The Ipod was first released in 2001, yet was not the first mobile digital music player.
Social Performance of Organizations Introduction Apple is one of the leading international corporations that deal in the design, development and sale of computer hardware and software, in addition to providing online services. The company is best known for its series of consumer electronic products, which are inclusive of the iPad, iPod, and Mac personal computer. Founded in 1976, the company has over the years grown to be the largest in revenue and total assets in regard to the IT industry globally (Hasan, 2013, p. 1). Given the global recognition that the company has attracted in the recent years, the aim of this paper is to specify the type, organization and categories of products or services of Apple, and identify key factors in the company’s