OK, I know Apple doesn't need any defending. I also know this post won't make any difference. But I do need to vent, and all the crap I've been reading lately gives me a very good opportunity to do so.
I'm seriously tired of reading articles stating Apple is no longer cool wit kids. That many imaginary "facts" are contributing to this. That Apple needs to do this or that to recover whatever it hasn't lost.
For instance, if you think a kid won't want a used phone and prefer a new one, you'd probably be right. If you think the same about a tablet, again you'd be right. Saying that a kid would prefer a new Galaxy to a used iPhone is a stretch. Saying that giving your old iPhone to your kid will kill Apple's image is DUMB. Same goes with iPad and Surfaces.
1st - you are dead wrong, kids DO prefer a used iPhone/iPad to any crappy new Android/Surface.
2nd - you are dead wrong, kids won't hate the old iPhone/iPad, they'll only crave for a new one even more.
Where are the studies that support these allegations? Who, when, where and how were they conducted, and by whom?
Next, Apple's results.
Not being as high as they were in the past, or as good as (some analysts think) they should be, does NOT mean they are "disappointing". If MS and Nokia and Samsung and Galaxys and whatnot are just "a bit short" or "not yet as good as" or "almost" when they fail, or "brilliant, leading" when they barely succeed then you're being biased. And firefox or ubuntu mobile are not options. BB10 and Jolla are.
I like and expect Win8 and them tablets to succeed. I want Jolla and BB10 to do so as well. Doesn't mean I want (I mean, think) Android and/or Apple to fail.
Android tablets still SUCK BALLS. But they are cheap and sell more than iPads? Good! More people can have tablets, even if they can't afford iPads.
Android phones are way more expensive than they should, trying to build some premium image around them, when Android is the new symbian. At most... Selling more, having more market share does not mean Apples devices are not more desirable, and that the company is not earning more money than ever.
You idiots are dissing the real options that are coming. Those that may do what Android has failed to in these recent years. Being a proper alternative.
You idiots are praising vaporware like ubunto and firefox and facebook phones as options to the leading Android, and Apple is dead? Get our f* heads out of your sponsored Notes and Chanel bags and get a grip.
I use a Nokia N9, BB Bold, iPad mini and Asus Transformer daily. I'm not a biased Apple fanboy, nor a sold out jurno/analyst.