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People have been predicting the downfall of Apple for as long as there has been an outlet for such thoughts. And yet the Apple wagon keeps on rolling on, adding fans and profits as it goes. Is Apple about to peak? Or is this one success story that is set to continue on into the future?

Let’s find out your thoughts on the subject of Apple’s future fortunes with the MakeUseOf Poll.

Forever Alone

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Have You Ever Tried Online Dating?

Out of a total of 203 votes, 35% chose “No, not yet,18.7% chose “No, and I never would,15.3% chose “Yes, OkCupid,12.8% chose “Yes, Match.com,7.4% chose “Yes, Tinder,7.4% chose “Yes, Plenty of Fish,3.4% chose “Yes, eHarmony,” and 0% chose “Yes, Zoosk.

This means just under 50 percent of you have tried online dating Online Dating - Men Don't Get It And Women Don't Understand Online Dating - Men Don't Get It And Women Don't Understand Do online dating websites work? It's time for a frank discussion! What I learned from interviews was that online dating is equally painful for men and for women, but for very different reasons. Read More , which is a higher figure than we would have imagined. It shows how mainstream online dating has become, and how it really is a valid alternative to the more traditional dating scene.

In terms of which online dating websites you used, OkCupid narrowly beat out Match.com, with Tinder and Plenty of Fish also doing well. Poor old Zoosk hasn’t had any joy in persuading our readers that it offers their best chance of finding love.

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Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Finnen, Maryon Jeane, and likefunbutnot. Comment Of The Week goes to BadJasper, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Have You Ever Tried Online Dating? [MakeUseOf Poll] Have You Ever Tried Online Dating? [MakeUseOf Poll] There really is no stigma attached to online dating these days, although both men and women still face issues when choosing this route to love or lust. What's your personal experience? Read More :

Met my wife on Match. Been together 12 years now. She reached out to me and even though she never had a pic posted, we started talking quite a bit by phone and email. We finally had our first date about 3 weeks later and have not been apart a day since. I think the thing most people have to remember is, going online to meet someone should be treated the same as meeting someone in person. Don’t lie and be real. Also, don’t treat Online Dating sites as an escort service. The people on there are real and they are looking for someone real so they can share their lives with someone.

We chose this comment because it’s a success story, a love story, a positive story about online dating, an activity that seems to generate more bad press than good press. It also offers some sensible advice 4 Online Relationship Tips That Actually Work 4 Online Relationship Tips That Actually Work There are plenty of examples to show that Happily Ever After is attainable for online and long distance relationships. Here are some of the best tips and advice to keep you on the right path. Read More to treat online dating the same way as offline dating. Which is a key ingredient a lot of people seem to forget.

Is It All Downhill From Here?

Apple has had mixed fortunes of late. In terms of money, the company is better placed now than it ever has been before, having recently enjoyed the most profitable quarter of any company ever Apple Makes Biggest Profit Ever, The Pirate Bay Rises from the Ashes [Tech News Digest] Apple Makes Biggest Profit Ever, The Pirate Bay Rises from the Ashes [Tech News Digest] Everything is awesome for Apple, The Pirate Bay returns, hotels told not to block WiFi, YouTube dumps Flash, Grim Fandango Remastered arrives, and Budweiser transforms guy into Pac-Man. Read More . But the Apple Watch iTime For An iWatch: Funny Reactions To The New Apple Watch [Weird & Wonderful Web] iTime For An iWatch: Funny Reactions To The New Apple Watch [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Apple Watch. It's a watch, a smartwatch, a watch that is smart. Sort of. And it's ripe for mocking. Read More has been met with considerable criticism and skepticism, and the new MacBook Apple Watch Finally Arrives, HBO Now Exclusive to iDevices [Tech News Digest] Apple Watch Finally Arrives, HBO Now Exclusive to iDevices [Tech News Digest] Apple Watch arrives, HBO Now exclusive, Google releases Android 5.1, Facebook kills Friendfeed, Gigaom is no more, and Samsung builds a Dream Doghouse. Read More has been openly mocked for its lack of ports.

Therefore the question has to be asked: Has Apple peaked? You can take this question however you want. Has Apple peaked financially? Or creatively? Will the loss of Steve Jobs Is Apple's Downward Spiral Inevitable Without Jobs? [Opinion] Is Apple's Downward Spiral Inevitable Without Jobs? [Opinion] All technology companies experience peaks and troughs. Products come and go, execs get up and leave, consumer tastes change. Just look at RiM and the fortunes of the BlackBerry platform for proof. Apple is just... Read More start adversely affecting the company sooner rather than later? Will the fanboys and fangirls Goodbye, Apple Fanboys: Is The Internet Falling Out Of Love With Cupertino? Goodbye, Apple Fanboys: Is The Internet Falling Out Of Love With Cupertino? Recent headlines make us wonder: is Apple finally losing its sheen? Are the fanboys disappearing? Read More stay loyal or will they soon turn their backs on the company they love?

Please vote in the Poll above, and then explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. If you think Apple has indeed peaked, then tell us why you think that. If you think that it’s onwards and upwards for Apple, then tell us why you think that instead.

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. In other words, voting in the Poll tells us something, but adding detail in the comments section below tells us a whole lot more.

The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week when we’ll have a new question awaiting your input.

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  1. Von Adam Martinez
    March 17, 2015 at 3:12 am

    Unless you are an Apple executive, you can easily tell but for a customer you can not. Steve Jobs wasn't everything for Apple. This company is an enormous company that can provide necessary resources for its products. It is hard to tell in the first place.

  2. likefunbutnot
    March 16, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I think Apple's highest point as a technology company was probably the release of OSX in the early 2000s. There was a time in which Apple could be counted to deliver standards-conforming software and reasonably high quality hardware. Nowadays Apple can be seen as a series of gardens with increasingly high walls, something that started long before Jobs died.

    Apple is very much a company that pushes a one-size-fits-all philosophy and one that frequently rejects that which it does not control; the most respectable aspect of it as an organization is its ability to manipulate matters of legal finding rather than technology or creativity.

  3. Hildegerd
    March 16, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    It will take som time but it has begun, the creatives (the ones that supported Apple products for so long and is the reason the masses wanted apple products in the first hand) has started to leave for better options.

    And when the creatives leave, the masses will follow.

  4. withheld
    March 16, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    As an innovator one might expect Apple to be a big spender on R&D. In 2013 Apple spent $4.7bn but lets put it in context. Google spent $8bn and Intel $10.6bn.
    When viewed against sales figures for 2013 of $174bn it becomes less impressive, especially when looking at Google and Intel with sales at $59bn and $53bn respectively or looking at Google and Intel profits at $13bn and $9.6bn respectively (Apple: $37bn).

    That means that Google spends approaching twice as much based on less than one tenth the profit. Intel an even more impressive spend of one dollar on R&D for every dollar of profit while Apple only spent a dollar out of every $35 of profit they made.

    The explanation is that apple isn't a technology company but a luxury goods company. Apple don't need to spend on R&D when they have a captive audience who will buy whatever they offer, high price makes the items more "exclusive" and visual design trumps technological innovation. Apple sells fashion accessories which happen to use computer technology. For some the calculation is down to poor logic : "many better off people choose iPhones so if I get one I will be wealthy" - or "the most expensive must be the best". The benefit to the purchaser is that ownership is an indication of purchasing power/wealth (google for "Veblen goods").

    Apple market share in the USA is greater that in the rest of the world. Android is widely misrepresented as a secondary player whereas it is the global market leader by a very substantial margin.

    An American friend couldn't understand why I use Skype instead of FaceTime (because Skype is cross platform, works on my Android & PC and I talked him through getting it to work on his Mac). That led to the question "Why Android" because the Apple Store had told him iPhone has a 95% market share. My first thought was possibly true in SanFrancisco but depending on whose statistics you believe (I assume ALL stats are biased to support whatever agenda the publisher has) on the more Apple positive stats, global share is below 20% and in US below 50% and falling (except for the spike just after a new product launch and those are the stats Apple use).
    Interestingly a Russian multi-millionaire friend gave me almost the same story - why did I choose Android: Moscow's Apple store guy had told him Android was a minor player with only 5% market share. I suspect the apple propaganda compares iPhone with Google Nexus rather than IOS vs Android.
    I'm finding that when I demonstrate what a current Android device can do Apple users seem to go a bit quiet as they realise they could have got better function and technology at lower cost.
    BTW - Apple is in decline but sitting on so much cash it will take a very long time.

  5. Amar
    March 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Who cares? They have never ever invented anything, just good at copying & improving with great marketing. Not interested in a company that wants to control you and is not interested in the average person.

  6. Rajaa Chowdhury
    March 16, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Oh sorry, I forgot to mention, that I have voted "Who cares?" Apple belongs for premium country and not for the masses of an emerging economy like India. so, voted accordingly just from my perspective.

    • Chinmay S
      March 16, 2015 at 10:46 am

      I disagree.

      This is a misconception that products like iPhone are not a success in emerging economies like India. The excitement about iPhone in India is immense. Last year Tim Cook said iPhone sales in India is up by 55%. Cook also reported strong numbers for other emerging markets such as Russia (sales up 97%), Vietnam (262%), Brazil (61%) and Turkey (56%).

      Last year Apple launched 2 iPhones - 5S & 5C. 5C was a cheaper one so people thought it would do well in emerging economies like India but the truth is that Indian people were interested in buying the more premium one - iPhone 5S.

      Between October and December 2014, Apple sold 500,000 units of iPhone 6 in India, a huge increase in sales.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      March 17, 2015 at 8:32 am

      With a smartphone market share of just 2% achieved after a 55% jump in their sales, Tim Cook just highlighted how pathetic Apple is performing in India. :P

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      March 17, 2015 at 8:34 am

      Actually the picture in the heading of this article befits and tells all, A ROTTEN APPLE. :P Hahaha

  7. Rajaa Chowdhury
    March 16, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Apple is lucky that it belongs to a country which has a developed economy and average user uses, adapts and upgrades technology at a much higher pace than the rest 90% of the world including emerging economies like my country India. The disposable income is much higher and so is the standard of living. Therefore, naturally snob value will also be higher at such places. Also as life in terms of getting services and things are easier, an average user does not do too much of R&D while buying or using things and expect every step to be simple and practically falling in their lap. Kindly do not misunderstand me, this is natural human behaviour, and I would also be the same in nature in a country like USA as compared to India, let's say. However, in emerging economies like ours and the so called developing countries, as resources in terms of money or resources are limited, an average user research much more and therefore become much more tech savvy and street smart and probably get similar benefits out of a budget device as similar to Apple products. Kindly appreciate, I am comparing average everyday users here. So, if Apple would have been a startup in some emerging economy, their strategy of premium product and higher price ranges, would hardly been successful, therefore Apple is still a miniscule marginal player in my country still. Probably that defines why a worldwide marginal player like Microsoft Lumia budget phones and Android budget phones are so popular in India, as we really utilise what they offer to the hilt. I have seen so many iPhone uses using it just for some rudimentary purpose like making calls, SMS or facebooking only and MacBook users just emailing or doing office productivity suite work. Such a waste, as you can do much more than that even on a budget smartphone or a windows lappy. Also a smartphone is as good as the services it offers in terms of app services and that infrastructure is missing in so many countries still, so a iPhone utility in USA and India will be so vastly different as so many app services are missing in India. therefore, that infrastructure is also important to make a solution like Apple to succeed in a particular country. Apple is hugely successful, however the demography of the success is limited to a few advanced countries. However, where it is a success story, the margin of success is so huge, that it has become a sucess story overall also.

  8. Armando
    March 16, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Truth of the fact is that Steve made one heck of a job PREPARING his company to work without him by embedding his way of thought into everything they do, at least to some extent. It will take a peculiar sequence of bad decisions (like the ones done before his return) to take down a company that now has a thriving community of followers. I've never seen anyone stand in line for so long for a piece of tech equipment. When that stops happening, we can talk about the company's demise.

  9. peter
    March 15, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Apple, like all companies, will have good times as well as rough patches. This is just common sense. How they react to those changes (and who is in charge of the decision making) will make the difference as to how they fare in the long term.

    What will make or break the (any) company is how they react to the differing demands of consumers needs.

    Will we all want a thin white plastic oblong in our hands in 5 or ten years time? Who knows, but if Apple or Sony or Samsung want to stay ahead of the game they either have create new designs or even TELL us what we want before we even realise we couldn't live without them before they were invented.

    That is how Apple, or anyone else, will continue to rise.

    Take an i-phone from someones hands and their life will fall apart in days. Same for android types.... we are addicted to our gadgets and the likes of apple and sony/samsung/LG/Motorola/Google will keep on making profits as long as we keep tapping away on those little plastic boxes.

    ps- I love my i-pod and my nexus 6!

  10. macoszero
    March 15, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    They peaked ripping off people. You can rip off people so long that they realize.

  11. Dan
    March 15, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Given that Apple is dependent on Samsung for its technology, and fanboys for unquestioning loyalty, makes one wonder about the future of the company. Perhaps Apple should consider investing in actual R&D (of serious scale, similar to Microsoft or Bell Labs) that pushes the industry forward, and not depend on acquiring technology through purchase and litigation.

  12. Hildy J
    March 15, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I think the current iPhone line and the watch will keep them going this year but the 4th quarter iPhone will have a harder time differentiating itself and the watch will suffer as fans decide a once a year upgrade is unnecessary. Meanwhile, the tablet market will increasingly be dominated by Microsoft. 2016 is when Apple will start to slump. Within the decade I would see their non-PC business being similar to their current PC business - stylish, profitable, but with only 10-20% of the market.

  13. Dave
    March 15, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I believe that Apple has stopped being innovative and is now just tinkering, doing the small stuff, marking time. I stopped buying Apple hardware as a conscious choice based on cost and benefit, and have not regretted that decision, though I continue to use OSX as a hackintosh until what I assume will be an eventual return to Windows when MS gets their act together again. Windows is not as pretty but it's a better OS imho.

    I think history will show that Apple was the greatest bubble of all time and after Jobs, their success was based on nothing much more than an ability to dumb-down the technology to attract fashionistas by the million. Case in point: The iPad. Comes in with hype. No keyboard required. next thing, 3rd-party keyboards come into existence to fill the obvious gap: 80% gadgetry and fashion hype, 20% usefulness. Bubble's already bursting. The Apple watch? Puhlease, it's just ugly and needs an iPhone to be useful. It'll appeal to joggers I expect..

  14. Richard Servello
    March 15, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Sadly, Apple peaked when their latest and greatest innovations were, bigger screen and colors

  15. Chinmay S
    March 15, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Absolutely Not.

    If you take into consideration the past and the future of technology, Apple has just entered teenage while all other companies are toddlers. There is a long long way to go. Technology is evolving rapidly, new possiblities are opening. Brand new fields will emerge and Apple will enter some of those. Ex - Smartwatches, cars and much more.

    Currently it will continue to grow bigger and bigger.

    • Doc
      March 16, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      Really? IBM has been around decades longer, and Apple is far from the "garage years" of Jobs and Woz. With the ridiculously expensive Apple Watch, and Apple's recalcitrance to embrace cordless charging, coupled with the "Apple Tax" of style and high price over utility and affordability, other companies such as Samsung have been eating Apple's lunch (and attempting to take a bite out of Google's as well, with Samsung's Tizen OS).
      It's only a matter of time before somebody comes up with the "killer app" or "killer device" that Apple won't be able to clone or compete with. There's only so many hipsters with hundreds or thousands of dollars to burn before you run out of rabidly devoted customers.
      I bought a used iPod Touch and gave it away, but I still have an Android phone and Android tablet. Not the top of the line, but it's what I can afford, and unlike Apple, I have *choices* beyond a few colors; phone and tablet were under $100 each. Can't say that of *any* iOS device.

  16. dragonmouth
    March 15, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Who cares?
    It's not like Fruitco is the alpha and omega of the industry. They will miss Jobs' creative vision. In fact, their latest products already lack the zing of Jobs-inspired items. Until Apple finds another visionary, it will plod along under the inertia of its past successes.

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