Well listen to you tech wizards talk. Google and Apple are two of the most advanced tech companies around. Apple has more product ideas than any other with Google a close second. I think some on here should get facts not what they believe in. Facts are funny, we use them when we want to. Apple my friends is only getting better and the stock will reach $200 by the end of the 3rd quarter. Google has stayed at their price for 6 months now, Apple has gone up unbelievably. Yes both are doing well but to say Apple is done is a ludicrous statement that amateurs use.
The facts are what they are - Apple has 3.45 percent of the PC market share. Yes, as a viable PC platform, they are on life support.
Fact - Android commands 84% of the smartphone market share (in device units - not revenues). Apple has been in steady decline, with a bump in the 4th quarter of 2014 with the launch of the iPhone 6/6+ but still less than last year at 11.7 percent. Source - http://www.enukesoft...-share-in-2014/
Apple's revenues are up because their phones are high-end and getting them large profits. This isn't entirely good because other phone companies, particularly Samsung and a few in China are putting out lower end units that have been eating up unit sales totals. Samsung, while still strong, is facing fierce competition from Chinese phone manufacturers, and had to do it to keep up.
For historical comparisons, and why people worry(or should be worried) about Apple is because this is very reminiscent to the late 80's to early 90's, when Apple had about a 15 percent market share of PC's. The parallels are interesting, and compelling. iPhone = Macintosh(and running Apple's OS). Android = Windows(and running on a variety of manufacturer's devices). The iPhone, like the Mac is the more expensive option, and caters to those willing to pay the extra to have their iProduct, based largely on brand loyalty(aka, Fanboism).
The other thing that is, or should be worrisome for Apple investers/enthusiasts, is that their OS is proprietary and closed. Android on the otherhand, is Linux based, and fully open sourced. One OS has a paid team of developers, the other is open to the entire world to advance, and who do so enthusiastically for both profit and principal.
Honestly, I would not invest my money in Apple or Google at the moment - they are both likely near their peaks. The wildcard is Microsoft, and the potential for them to make an inroad is pretty solid. The are gearing up to do exactly that. The question is, what other major OS does it hit the hardest? Many figure it to be Android, with Apple taking the smaller hit due to it's high brand loyalty. People "fiercely" love their iProducts. They wait in line for the newest one, because, it's the thing to do. They have, without question a rabid fanbase(sort of the Jeep of the techworld). Blackberry and Symbian are all but dead, and the rise of the Windows phone will smother their flame out. This might have happened sooner had Windows 8 not been such an epic fail, but word is the Windows 10 gets it right, and MS is getting ready to turn their attention more heavily to the smartphone arena.
Those are *facts*, and I've provided links to some of the articles I got them from. There's a host of information, and one can draw their own conclusions.
My *opinion* is that history could be repeating itself with Apple. Brand loyalty can only last so long, when your products are overpriced to drive up revenue shares, and said products are inferior(or about to be) to lower priced competition. Apple finally gave in and increased their screen size to compete with Samsung, after several years of lagging in that department, so they at least are on a hardware standpoint comparable to their brethren that they are competing against. The question every Apple investor, enthusiast, or fanboy needs to ask themselves is - will the price difference equate to a superior product in the eyes of future buyers? That was precisely what they believed would carry them in the early 90's - until it was realized their product's perceived superiority didn't justify the price. iPhone saved the Mac(Apple). What will save the iPhone if history repeats?
The time has come for a centrist political party. Rational Americans are not comfortable with extreme views to the left or to the right, and our current parties have no intentions of ever abandoning their ever increasing distance from sane, reasonable thinking.