The main question is, do you believe they can keep it up, and I for one do. Their eco-system gets stronger every year.
The beauty of buying back shares is that you don't need to "keep it up" as much, because you're not beholden to shareholders as much...
Apple buying shares doesn't make the rest of the shareholders have 100% of the company. It makes having 100% - what_apple_bought%. They would still own 100% of the outstanding stocks, but those stocks don't represent 100% of the company's equity/ownership anymore.
The fact that the shares are destroyed (as shares) shouldn't matter, if it increases the part of ownership Apple has on itself.
The purpose of a stock buyback is to reward shareholders by increasing stock price. The increase is caused because of the reduction in float. Each share represents more of the company after the buyback than before.  If that wasn't true, then the share price wouldn't increase, and there would be no reason to do a buyback.
The bought back shares could be kept by the company as treasury stock, but the company can't vote treasure stock or pay dividends.  The outstanding shares represent 100% ownership of the company.
So to say that stock buybacks make companies less "beholden to shareholders" compared to dividends is just wrong. Dividends and stock buybacks are exactly equivalent except for tax treatment (and possibly market pressure).
If in a trivial example, they buy back all the shares but 1.
Would the person holding that last 1 share have suddenly 100% of Apple?
If that shell company would be owned by Apple, it implies the outstanding shareholders would own that company, including all the shares it holds in Apple, too.
Of course Microsoft's income is more diversified while FB's revenue is almost entirely ads (other revenue was $885M, mostly from Oculus Quest 2).
It is crazy to think back not long ago we thought we will hit the law of big numbers. And yet despite being a two trillion company they are still growing 10-20%!
And after 5 years, just like the Mac Pro they finally admit they made lots of mistakes in Mac development. Like MagSafe and SD Card. Hopefully someday keyboard and Trackpad.
The only thing left is the iOS App Store. Which is a complicated problem with no decent solution (yet).
But look at the other markets, why would anyone switch off of the Mac for other use cases like development, A/V editing, Adobe Creative Suite apps, or design? This is debatable, but you could make the case that Apple is best-in-class for all of those, and there’s no other platform you could make that case for (e.g., Linux is clearly worse for A/V editing, and Windows/Linux for design, both missing core apps - note also I’m excluding high-end specialized hardware you’d find at a studio for example).
Migrating off of platforms is a huge hassle, and although they’ve skirted the line, they haven’t actually crossed it by hurting workflows (outside of Nvidia).
(In fact I’d argue that the worst casualties of Apple's bad Mac years were advantages that only Apple had. Apple had a thriving indie software ecosystem that produced one of the greatest platform exclusives in modern history, Sketch. That doesn’t happen anymore because Apple's approach to the Mac App Store prevents it. But that was an advantage only Apple had and therefore they could afford to lose it, because there’s nothing else to switch to that also had it. Apple were willing to sacrifice there own advantages for their security crusade, but they weren’t wiling to go all the way and block apps like Adobe CS and VS Code from running on the platform, which the security model they have been pushing for would require. Because blocking those apps would actually have resulted in lost market share, because those apps run on Windows.)
Just like any comment section anywhere in the world. Happy users don't bother writing about their experience.
When will these people listen to Stallman?! It is CRITICAL TO EVERYONE that we be able to compile Hurd from scratch.
Not to be flip, but you can do that on a Macbook Pro as well if you have the skills and know how.
But really, the vast, vast, vast, vast majority of people could not possibly care less about what people complain about in regards to the Mac on here. Is the hardware pretty and performant? That’s what they care about. Nobody gives a damn about running Linux on a MacBook Air.
(Maybe you mean Microsoft missing the boat on mobile? But that would be an odd comparison to make with Apple, who don’t seem to have a problem missing new product categories.)
That’s a fascinating take on macOS. Which just had a major release with significant changes in the reported quarter. Unless I’m mistaken it still installs compilers and third party apps just fine, the only “general” thing you can’t do anymore is modify system internals as extensively. Which seems pretty good for security, and not especially meaningful in terms of freedom unless you’re a fanatic.
I don't know what you think a 'general computing' device is, but as long as I can do my work on it then I'm happy.
I wonder how much is also related to the fact that it became apparent in the fall that remote learning is here to stay for the entire school year (where it was instituted in the first place). [edit: fixed Quarter date]
Technically, up $1.7B from that quarter, but why are you comparing 2021Q1 with 2019Q4?
2021 Q1 $8.675B
2020 Q4 $9.032B
2020 Q1 $7.160B
2019 Q4 $6.991B
Clearly the uptick in Mac sales is due to the pandemic and work from home, because 2020 Q4 was prior to the release of M1 Macs, and Mac sales had been flat for several years prior.
It's difficult to determine the effect of M1 Macs on the last quarter sales, because they weren't available until mid-November and were also very supply-constrained.
It will be interesting to see what happens when the pandemic is over. Will the gains technology companies have enjoyed be reversed?
M2, 32GB option, integrated graphics and possibly Mini-LED displays.
MacBook Pros getting rid of TouchBar and adding Magsafe, HDMI and SD ports.
At least the USB-C issue is huge IMO, as with only two ports you want a hub, one cable desk setup, no?
iPhone Revenue was $65.6 billion since iPhone 12 October release
Services Revenue was $15.76 billion
Products revenue was $95.68 billion
Wearables Revenue was $12.97 billion
Last fall I bought two Dell desktops (for a client project) and neither has working Bluetooth/WiFi. One machine has been fully out of commission for 2 months and the other is limping along with weak WiFi and no Bluetooth.
The Dell is upgradeable and I could put 3rd party cards in there and get along. But they’re brand new machines under warranty. I’ve had two tech visits and traded more than 45 emails with Dell tech support and I’m still waiting on full system replacements that will ship in February sometime. I bought these machines in November.
Right to repair or not, I trust Apple non-right-to-repair hardware over Dell “I could repair it myself” desktop hardware.
The user experience of dealing with both companies negates the right to repair concern for me, on these right now.
working in education at a nonprofit you quickly learn that warranty support on the acer / Sony is not worth a ton unless your time is free.
You are working with folks reading scripts designed to waste your time.
Meanwhile you can take 5 machines to apple store and walk out w new ones - or if out of warranty pay not unreasonable prices to get them fixed
But what would your experience have been if Apple has simply said "no, we don't service that model any more"?
That's where "right to repair" is important.
But if/when we ever have right to repair laws that apply to Dell & Apple, based on their track records, I'd probably still invest my future computing dollars in the one that has the strong game.
Also, when it comes to computers (I use a Mac), there is also another factor. Apple devices may be difficult (and expensive) to repair, but they are certainly popular, which means one can find plenty of online resources or even spare parts, where applicable. And, one can actually find a local store that repairs Macs and take the computer there, if throwing money at the problem is an option.
Quite recently, I came across a case of a Lenovo laptop whose user had somehow activated bitlocker and forgot the password. Wasn't interested in the files, they just wanted to be able to use the computer again. I tried to find a way to reinstall the operating system and, I kid you not, there was literally no obvious way to boot normally from a usb device nor Lenovo provides any meaningful documentation or, Heaven forbid, the boot image to reinstall. It was actually kind of difficult to even determine the model of the device, as there have been several generations with the same name, each with a different processor and efi firmware. It was almost as if the model never existed.
We can laugh all we want for Apple's expensive and un-repairable devices, but the above nightmare cannot happen in the Apple ecosystem. You can even get the device to an apple store and they'll happily take your money and fix your device (if it's not severely damaged of course). This is not unique to Apple, e.g. Dell has excellent support and documentation. But this is a quality that is very important and yet it is often overlooked.
If anything, the iPhones are much easier to repair.
As of the latest generation of Samsung Galaxy S series and iPhones that have been torn down by iFixit, the Galaxy S20 was given a repairability score of 3 vs. a score of 6 for the iPhone 12.
On the iPhone, iFixit said:
>[ease of] display and battery replacements remain a priority in the new iPhones' design.
Most other important components are modular and easy to access or replace.
On the Galaxy S20, iFixit said:
>Every repair starts with painstakingly un-gluing the fragile glass rear cover.
Replacing the glued-down battery is tougher than ever, especially with board interconnect cables to work around.
All-too-common display repairs require either a complete teardown or replacing half the phone.
I'm only following the subject casually so I might be biased to have incomplete information but apple is seemingly worse that it's peers when it comes to repairability.
A quick Google search takes me to a page where Samsung lists official resellers of parts for their devices. The selection wasn't great but as far as I know apple doesn't do even that. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Apple has been in litigation in my country trying to block a independent repairer from procuring parts(think it was refurbished original screens).
I haven't heard of any Android phone manufacturers serial linking parts the same way apple has. At least not to the same extent.
TBH, I think most of the smartphone manufacturers are worse than Idd want them to be, but I definitely think Apple is among if not the worst of them when it comes to repairability
Comparing Samsung with Apple is interesting, because Samsung is very competitive and will come to your door (so to speak) to sell its products, which I respect very deeply. In my country, Samsung official service is top, better than Apple probably. I've been able to go to the service unannounced, ask for a battery replacement, go for a coffee and come get my device back after an hour. For computers, Dell also has a very respectable name, to the point where people will prefer Dell solely because of this. But below that level, chaos really, you have to go and order parts from ebay most of the times.
A lot of folks around me simply skipped the new Macbooks, since touchbar, keyboard, ... , were just unusable for them.
Then you had the major issues with dust getting into the keyboard messing it up, the screens dying after weeks of usage, USB things...
Now the Big Sur update bricks your machine, if you reset it, because there is a firmware bug. The M1 Macbooks are distroyed by USB-C PD hubs (not just the "cheap ones"; as if that would have been excusable..). Plenty users reporting the machines to panic once or twice a day.
People seem to be happy with the old non-retina Air's, the pre 2016 Macbooks, but I don't see this at all for the recent stuff. Apart from the M1 performance hype, which of course is legit, but doesn't cancel out the "just works" issues.
Seems rather like a long, long experimental transition, then reliable experience.
Personally, I have bad experiences with newer Thinkpads and "QC" on dead pixels (lol, one shop won't sell to me anymore, because I keep finding dead pixels), which is why I was considering an M1 Mac for the first time. Sadly/gladly I found out about the various bricking issues in time. Let's see how Apple is going to handle these in the next months...
The other day I put my phone through a full washing machine cycle though, and it didn’t need to be repaired. That’s incredible. It came out of the machine looking brand new.
I’m a little torn. Can we have repairable devices that are this stable and robust, and have such an incredible form factor?
Considering this phone will last me 4 or 5 years, it’s a good value and extremely dependable. I want more repairable things, I just don’t know how they’d make it happen in a way that keeps them competitive.
One shitty thing: my left AirPods Pro clicks and pops, and the only solution is a complete replacement. Apple is willing to replace them at no charge, but I can’t stand the waste. What will they do with them? Recycle and landfill? These things really are a repairability nightmare and I don’t think I can justify buying then again.
My personal experience has been very positive though. The need to repair is remarkably rare.
This problem has been ongoing for years and Apple still hasn't fixed it. Even brand new, maxed out Macbooks have this problem. In an era where much of what people do online is rapidly downloading and reposting content across platforms, it's unacceptable Apple can let such a ghetto problem go unfixed.
Your comment isn’t clear enough to explain what is happening. What’s your setup (browser and everything)? You claim a bug without giving enough information about how the bug appears. Because if this bug were as widespread as you make it sound, we’d hear about it.
No idea what the complaint is about, perhaps there’s some scanning going on or something. I have never noticed this.