How can anyone justify the purchase of an iPhone in the economy weare in today? Never mind the cost of the phone…the monthly isn’texactly cheap either. Even in Canada, the Rogers monthly bill will goup at least $30 for the data plan. Getting the e-mail-only plan mightbe more reasonable once you get over the Internet access on a phonething.

She's a thing of beauty, but this is an expensive addition to the monthly phone bill at a time when everyone is trying to cut costs.

She’s a thing of beauty, but she is an expensive addition to the monthly phone costs!

Sure. It’s nice to surf unlimited on that portable device, but let’s behonest. Just when and how often will you use all that data? When youtake the TTC, there’s no access to the wireless network.

It’s on the subway that the device would be most useful.

Still, Apple is on top of the world. It reported amazing earningslast night. Profits were up over 20%. In fact, Apple earned 1.2 Billiondollars compared to the expected 1B.
Links:
http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2009/04/23/2009-04-23_iphone_ipod_keep_apple_strong.html

The gadget store will be a key factor in growth for Apple. 1 Billion applications sold! $0.99 each!
http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2009/04/23/2009-04-23_iphone_ipod_keep_apple_strong.html

Apple needs Steve Jobs Back. Was last quarter’s success just luck?
http://www.informationweek.com/news/personal_tech/iphone/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=217000246&subSection=All+Stories

AT&T Needs Apple:
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090422-711501.html

One should not contend the sheer dominance of Apple, but I questionits ability to make money for a premium product when people arewatching their wallets.

Why buy a $1500 mac book when you can get a $600 Dell laptop?
why buy an $400 iPod when you can get a $50 one. Sure the latter gets you an ugly player, but it does the same job.

So will Apple be able to keep growing? Does it need something new soon? Is anyone getting tired of its products?

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