Is 2019 the end of Apple?

No, but I will tell you one thing.. Apple is stagnant.

They’ve been forced to raise the price of their products in order to make up for the reduction in sales, especially in China where Huawei and Xiaomi are eating their lunch. In the beginning Apple was selling well there because they were portrayed as a ‘luxury’ brand but now Huawei makes phones just as or more (see Mate X) expensive than Apple, Chinese no longer need to buy Apple when they can buy a Chinese product and support their own country.

Like all the other answers said, Apple’s financials are still great and they are still taking the lion’s share of smartphone profits – no surprise there. But they are in danger of losing their market share, and they cannot keep raising prices of their products in order to make up for it forever.

And one can easily see why they are losing market share – they are a premium product. The cheapest macOS device is $799 (Mac Mini). That’s insane. that was $499 a few years ago, and the price increased 60%. The new Macbook Air Retina starts at $1199 – a 20% increase from the old $999 Macbook Air. They are pricing themselves out to the point where only Apple faithful will keep buying.

They are basically coasting on their high loyalty customers – but who knows how long that will last? Apple Watch, AirPods, HomePod, Apple TV – what do all these have in common? They are for iOS / macOS users. A Windows / Android user has no incentive to switch over. If they are not on iOS or macOS the products Apple sells are not going to work well – or not work at all.

Another symptom of decline is instead of focusing on new R&D they’ve been iterating a lot on existing products. Look at how many iPads they sell now – the low end iPad iPad, the smaller iPad Mini, the more premium iPad Air, the 11 inch iPad Pro and the 13 inch iPad Pro

Now let’s look at the iPhones they are still selling – the iPhone 7 (for some reason still selling on their website), the iPhone 8, the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

Now lets look at the Macbooks – there’s the 12 inch Macbook, the old 13 inch Macbook Air they are still selling, the 13 inch Macbook Air Retina, the 13 inch Macbook Pro without touchbar, the 13 inch Macbook Pro with touchbar, the 15 inch Macbook Pro with touchbar

Wow, that’s a lot of overlap.

Remember when Steve Jobs came back as CEO and focused Apple into making only one product for each category? Consumer desktops, consumer laptops, professional desktops, professional laptops? Apple should really take note because confusing consumers is not really what Apple stands for.

Steve Jobs made it easy for non Apple users to get into the ecosystem. Buy an iPod Mini, release iTunes for Windows, switch Macbooks from PowerPC to Intel architecture etc these are all moves done to make Apple more mainstream. Tim Cook has done the opposite – all his new products are only for use by existing Apple users. If I wanted to just get an Apple Watch but I have a Samsung phone – uhh nope doesn’t work. HomePod? doesnt work with Spotify or Tidal. AirPods? Yeah they can do bluetooth – but you lose out on that special W1 chip and then there’s no reason to get it over competing wireless earbuds.

And even to Apple faithful – how many customers did they lose with that Macbook Pro all USBC move? the butterfly keyboard? taking away the headphone jack in the iPhone 7?

So while Apple is far from being dead in 2019 they are certainly on the decline.

What NBA team has inducted the most players into the Hall of Fame?

Boston Celtics have the most HOFers with (23)

Ed Macauley

Bob Cousy

Tom Heinsohn

Frank Ramsey

Satch Sanders

Sam Jones

KC Jones

Bill Sharman

Bill Russell

John Havlicek

Bailey Howell

Dave Cowens

Jo Jo White

Tiny Archibald

Larry Bird

Kevin McHale

Robert Parish

Dennis Johnson

Paul Pierce (future HOFer)

Kevin Garnett (future HOFer)

Ray Allen

Rajon Rondo (future HOFer)

Kyrie Irving (future HOFer)

Also other HOFers who played briefly with the Celtics:

Bill Walton

Pete Maravich

Dominique Wilkins

Shaq

Minneapolis /LA Lakers is second place with (17)

George Mikan

Jim Pollard

Slater Martin

Clyde Lovelette

Vern Mikkelsen

Elgin Baylor

Jerry West

Wilt Chamberlain

Gail Goodrich

Jamaal Wilkes

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Bob McAdoo

Magic Johnson

James Worthy

Kobe Bryant (future HOFer)

Shaq

Pau Gasol (future HOFer)

Also other HOFers who played briefly with the Lakers:

Spencer Haywood

Gary Payton

Karl Malone

Dwight Howard

Steve Nash

Lebron James

What will it take for KPop to overtake American pop music?

Kpop will never overtake American pop music.

  1. Patriotism factor – Americans will support American artists over Korean artists
  2. Korean artists don’t speak English well. This is a massive barrier. No American is going to listen to some song where they don’t understand the lyrics. And no, most Americans are not crazy BTS ARMY fans who will google translate all the lyrics either
  3. Korean artists usually don’t sing. They mostly dance. You see with American musicians, a lot of them actually play instruments. Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Bruno Mars etc yes I realize Beyoncé and Ariana Grande dont play instruments but they sing a heck of a lot better to compensate for it, *in addition* to dancing. In kpop groups there’s one girl or guy that sings and the rest dances. It’s more similar to JabbaWockeez than Rihanna tbh. And that’s why I hate the comparison to the Beatles, a band that sold 600 million records, revolutionized their industry and all played their own instruments. A better comparison would be N’Sync or Backstreet Boysor Spice Girls.
  4. Korean culture is different than American culture. Kpop boy bands look way too effeminate for Americans. Kpop girl groups look like strippers and are strongly anti-feminist in the way they project themselves (they are selling themselves as sexual objects). They dance in groups rather than solo. American pop music is mostly solo artists. It’s unlikely to go over well in mainstream America.
  5. The songs all sound similar. It’s EDM / hip hop based. American pop music has way more variety than that. An Ed Sheeran song sounds quite different from a Sam Smith song or a One Direction song or a Maroon5 song or a Jonas Brothers song. Kpop groups.. could you really tell a Red Velvet song from a BlackPink song if I didn’t show you the music video and you didn’t know already who came out with it?