Apple Could Buy The Mobile Industry

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  1. Hakoda
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    With steadily increasing sales, Apple now has enough cash to buy the entire mobile phone industry, except for Samsung, at least if this estimate is to be trusted.

    According to recent estimates, Apple is expected to have about $70 billion in Cash, Cash Equivalents, Short-term marketable securities and long-term Marketable Securities. This money is used for running the company and making investments, which can include acquisitions. If the company were interested in substantially expanding its market share, just how much of the mobile phone industry would it be able to purchase?

    In order to answer that question, this study looks at the market value of Apple’s main competitors. That’s roughly how much those companies would likely be sold for.

    Samsung’s mobile division is the highest valued, standing at $50 billion; followed by HTC at $25.4 billion; Nokia at $22.6 billion; RIM at $13.8 billion; Motorola at $4.2 billion; and lastly Sony Ericsson at $3 billion. Most of those companies, which have seen declining sales over the last few years, will likely have their value decreased, while Apple keeps skyrocketing.

    In short, Apple would be able to buy up all of its competitors at once, aside from Samsung (which, ironically, the company is currently suing), and give itself an immediate market share boost. The graphic below above really shows how dominant the Cupertino company has become.

    The study concludes:

    The more remarkable thing is that as market values of phone vendors continue to decline, Apple’s cash will continue to grow dramatically. Indeed, a time may soon come when Apple’s cash will be worth more than the entire phone industry.

    The more remarkable thing is that as market values of phone vendors continue to decline, Apple’s cash will continue to grow dramatically. Indeed, a time may soon come when Apple’s cash will be worth more than the entire phone industry.

    At first, this date might appear staggering at first, but this study seems to miss an important fact: while companies like Motorola or Nokia only sell handsets, Apple sells computers and several other consumer devices as well, which have largely contributed to the amount of money the company has earned over the years. While the iPhone is certainly one of its most popular products, Mac sales have actually increased dramatically over the last few years, with many buyers being new to the Mac platform.

    What would happen if Apple bought up the whole phone industry? Most likely, anti-trust regulators would put a stop to such a move, since Jobs’ company would become a monopoly with many brands all over the world that would quickly phase into just one.

    There also wouldn’t be much of a point in buying most of these brands. With their declining value, Apple will likely be better off building market share on its own, like it’s been doing. The company tends to only buy companies for the value of their products, not market share. Rather than buying its way up, Apple tends to assimilate talent and move forward as one.[/p]

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    I'd go insane if that happened.
     
  2. NiGHtS

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    I never realised how low sony ericsson has gone...
     
  3. Ravager90

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    I'd rather have no phone at all, than having one manufactured by apple.
     
  4. GameWinner

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    M-Maybe it's a really late April Fool's joke!
     
  5. Sausage Head

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    apple could also suck my dick
     
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    They wouldn't be allowed to buy everyone. So don't worry about it.
     
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    I know that, the US government wouldn't allow such an trust-like act. I'm just saying in the alternate reality where that happens, I'd go insane.
     
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    I wonder if that is just the Apple mobile division taken into account or the value of Apple as a whole. The article seems to imply the later. Meanwhile for the others it clearly says mobile division.
     
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    Apple couldn't afford my dick.
     
  10. Foxi4

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    There's one thing this estimate completely forgets about. Target Audiences.

    Anyone who's technologically inclined would rather lean towards the Andriod crowd due to the basically limitless capabilities of Open Source and a variety of hardware options to choose from.

    A typical customer who just wants a "cool phone" will fall for the Apple Trap and buy obselete hardware.

    As we already know, 95% of the population are retarded morons, hence Apple's great profits.
     
  11. cwstjdenobs

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    Or they could buy Sony. Twice.
     
  12. NiGHtS

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    Why does everyone hate Apple?

    (Ironically I'm using a Macbook Pro, love it [​IMG] )
     
  13. cwstjdenobs

    cwstjdenobs Sodomy non sapiens

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    Over priced old hardware with a limited OS but pretty. Exactly the same reasons some people love Apple TBH.
     
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    You pay for what you get. (Ipod, Computer and laptops, not on about mobile devices)

    And limited OS? Mobile OS, ok maybe limited, but OS X = limited? Not a chance.
     
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    I think I cried a little as I was smiling. This means the sentence was so hillarious that it brought me to tears. Congratulations.

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  16. Hydreigon

    Hydreigon Isn't that DELICIOUS!?

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    Apple can't buy out the entire mobile industry; there are laws to prevent that from happening.

    I almost choked when I saw that pic. [​IMG]
     
  17. NiGHtS

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    Perhaps some of that is right with the phones.

    But with their computer machines? Not likely.

    I'm a power user of Photoshop, Maya, Final Cut and everything else to do with Animation and graphics, and working on a Macbook Pro with those programs is just SO much better than doing it on a Windows Machine.

    The performance I'm getting from 4GB RAM (Latest MBP) on Photoshop far surpasses the performance I got from a Windows Vista Desktop with 6GB RAM, bought as a middle/high end model in 2010.

    Ok sure a half a years difference but that SHOULDN'T matter.

    Also in my history of using numerous computer systems Microsoft has always felt like an archaic piece of bull.
    Don't even get me started on Vista, the numerous shitty updates, the number of security protocols needed, Internet Explorer(although this doesnt count because different browsers are everywhere), and the performance levels on everyday machines.

    Perhaps Apple products ARE a bit pricey, but it's a thing of beauty to behold and the experience of using one is just too good to let go of after. I havn't found a single thing to nitpick on this Macbook pro of mine, which I've now had for a month.

    I'm not an Apple fanboy, because I hate the iPhone models before the 4. I hate the Shuffle, I hate the AppleTv system and I especially hate the cost and quality of their shitty first party accessories.

    But you cant knock a lot of their GOOD stuff either.

    Also I'm not trolling on you lol, but it winds me up when most of this board is so 'Apple suck my dick. Apple eat my turd. Apple this, Apple that.'

    Microsoft are no better.
     
  18. NiGHtS

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    And just before I get trolled at for something or the other, Windows 7 IS a brilliant system, dont get me wrong.
     
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    How much did you spend on that high-end Macbook? Because I bet my shorts that I could find you a mindblowing Win7 laptop that'd do all the things mentioned above at such a high-performance that the FLOPS would blow your shoes off.

    EDIT: *GASP!* Ninja'd me about 7. Darn it.
     
  20. cwstjdenobs

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    Maybe the wrong word. To me OSX seems very very patronising. Seems to want to make me do shit it's way instead of being flexible enough to do stuff my way.