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Why would Apple raise iPhone prices when all the money is in the mainstream?

This morning an analyst posted something speculative about the possibility of a price increase on the iPhone 6 when it is released later this year. The analyst in question has horrible history when it comes to making Apple predictions, so we're going to ignore the source. What we aren't going to ignore is the idea. Could Apple use the iPhone 6 as leverage to raise iPhone prices?

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There won't be another iPhone-class product, not for Apple, not for anyone, not for a long time

Apple needs another iPhone-class product or they're doomed. We heard it right after the iPhone was released. We heard it right after the iPad was released. We're hearing it now. From shoddy journalists to market mad-people it's the single most consistent, most bullshit Apple narrative of the last half-decade. What makes it so daft, so egregiously wrong-headed, is that there isn't a business as big as the iPhone, not for Apple, not for anyone, and there won't be again. Not for years more to come.

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Reminder: Financial analysts want to move Apple's stock price, not inform its customers

Financial analysts say the dumbest things, like if Apple doesn't release an iWatch in the next two months they're doomed, or that supply chain sources say unannounced products are delayed or have defects and it means doom, or that iPads aren't selling fast enough, or too fast, or— you get the idea. And they're almost always wrong. So why do they say these things and, more importantly, how can anyone whose job it is to cover Apple for investors be wrong so goram-always and still keep their jobs? Easy. Because informing people like us, customers who actually buy and enjoy Apple products isn't their job.

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Does Apple owe it to shareholders to rush out a new product category?

We’re almost a quarter way through 2014, and it seems some Apple shareholders have ants in their pants. They’re impatient and want to see what Tim Cook’s team is going to do in a new product category, be it an iWatch, Apple television, or something else entirely. I guess it isn’t enough for Apple to be so utterly dominant in mobile computing, an industry trend that will keep chugging along for the next decade?

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Cleanup on aisle 5: Why Apple is making an 8GB iPhone 5c and re-launching the iPad 4

Apple’s decision to introduce a new model of the iPhone 5c with 8GB of storage has some of us scratching our heads. So does their decision to reintroduce the previously killed off iPad 4. What’s going on? Has Apple gone insane? I don’t think so. It may not qualify as a genius business move or anything exceptionally special, but I think it makes sense.

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Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer retiring in September, Luca Maestri to take his place

Peter Oppenheimer, senior vice president of finance and Apple's chief financial officer (CFO), will be retiring at the end of September in order to spend more time with his family, travel, pursue the philanthropic interests, and get his pilot's license. Apple's current vice president of finance and corporate controller, Luca Maestri, will be his successor and Oppenheimer will begin transitioning his responsibilities Maestri in June.

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Apple ranked as world's most-admired company for the 7th year straight

When you're the most valuable company in the world, the most profitable company of the last three years, and the company that sells the most popular smartphone and tablet, it's no surprise that others look up to you. For the seventh year in a row, Fortune has ranked Apple as the most-admired company on the planet.

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Why would Apple business development executives meet with Tesla Motors?

A few days ago rumors of Apple/Tesla meetings resurfaced, and conclusions were once again leapt to about a possible acquisition. It’s unfortunate that most people writing about the topic seems to have nothing but mergers and acquisitions (M&A) on the brain. I think there is absolutely no chance that happening and what's more — I think there are far more interesting possibilities to consider here.

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Why Apple 'computers' outselling Microsoft may not be fair, but is incredibly important

Earlier this week analyst Benedict Evans published a chart showing how “computers” running Apple software are starting to sell at greater volume than "computers" running Microsoft software. Of course he’s counting all Macs and iOS devices as computers, just as he’s counting all Microsoft Windows PCs and Windows Mobile phones as computers. But the numbers don’t lie. In the last quarter Apple's traditional + mobile business is responsible for shipping just as many units as Microsoft. And obviously Apple is growing much faster. The blog post accompanying the chart was a mere 3 sentences. The most important sentence was:

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Why Wall Street should pay attention to Apple's growing iTunes revenue

Over at Asymco blog, Horace Dediu wrote a wonderful post that examines the size and growth of Apple’s iTunes business. This business includes the sale of music, video, iOS apps, Mac apps, and various services.

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