Remember that Apple has been obvious in its change of a long-term orientation. Once the maker of the cool outlaw computer, it is now a giant, largely based on consumer electronics sales. Yes, Macs are a significant chunk of the business, but growing smaller. According to Apple's last 10-Q, the company sold a record number of Macs, at 3.472 million units. However, the net revenue was only 28 percent of Apple's total. Compare that to the same quarter last year, where Mac sales were 34.5 percent of total sales.
Apple has become a consumer electronics company. What does a consumer electronics company want to do? Sell to all consumers who like and can afford the brand. Given the range of products that Apple makes, that should be quite a number, especially as it now has a $49 iPod, which is clearly a way to get to more customers and sell them on the brand. But Apple has chosen to provide a video cast of the event only to those who own devices that run Mac OS X Snow Leopard or iOS 3 or later.
- We aren't interested in talking to anyone who isn't already a customer because they aren't good enough.
- Even if you are a customer, if you haven't bought something from us lately, you're as bad as someone who runs Windows. Go away.
- We don't know how to stream video to anyone outside of our closed world.
- We don't need more business.
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