“Doomsayers and rumormongers surpassed themselves this past quarter.” —Jean-Louis Gassée
From Gassée’s Monday Note:
Apple must be a psychotoxic company, attracting and then unhinging the fragile minds of journalists, bloggers, and analysts…
The tradition continues with the iPhone X. We’ve been bombarded with “news” items that prepare us for the grand-scale failure of the device: Forbes’ Ewan Spence declares iPhone X Defeated As Tim Cook Steals Victory Away With The iPhone 8; weak holiday sales means Apple will slash its production target by half according to Nikkei Asian Review; suppliers are jumping ship with such abandon that KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that “the iPhone X will be ‘end of life’ in the summer of 2018”.
My take: Forbes, Nikkei Asian Review and Ming-Chi Kuo—a doomsayers trifecta!
Gassée, who took over the Macintosh division in 1985 when Steve Jobs was forced out, goes on to quote two of my favorite FUD-busters, friend-of-the-blog John Kirk and friend-of-the-pod Daniel Eran Dilger.