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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Next for Apple?

Interesting podcast addresses Apple's direction.   Platforms and Ecosystems that support their goals are key.

Crossing $1 Trillion: What’s Next for Apple?  in K@W

Former Apple CEO John Sculley and Erik Gordon from the University of Michigan discuss Apple's $1 trillion market capitalization. 

Consumer electronics giant Apple is finding itself in a whole new race after last Thursday, when its share price rose to $207, making it the first U.S. company to cross $1 trillion in market capitalization.

As Apple and its CEO, Tim Cook, set their sights on the future, experts from Wharton and elsewhere point out that the company does face some challenges: Apple’s smartphone sales have slowed (although margins have gone up); it has no big-bang product around the corner, notably in augmented reality or artificial intelligence (AI); its R&D investments are lagging; and its next big leap may take place under a different CEO.

Meanwhile, other tech giants such as Amazon, Google’s parent Alphabet and Microsoft are close runners-up in the trillion-dollar race, heralding a new era of large, cash-rich companies. Platforms and ecosystems are critical to success in the next round, and some predict that Amazon looks poised to become the first $2 trillion company, especially with its ability to seemingly enter any industry it chooses to.  .... " 

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