A day in the life inside Apple's walled garden

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  1. George Ewonus said:
    Thanks, Robert. Would have to agree. If I include family (yes it is large) – members in all generations from Baby Boomers on, they all use Apple. That’s 4 generations, just like that!

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    • Robert Paul Leitao said:
      George: All members of our family are in the “walled garden” and, in fact, all of our kids were raised in the garden. In my view, there’s nothing better than Apple products and services to compliment and enhance classroom learning. In the distance learning environment today, hands down Apple provides the best products and services available. From analytical and scientific subjects to exploring creative expression, Apple products foster discovery and the human pursuit of knowledge and understanding.

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  2. James Dean said:
    Thank you Robert, well played…

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  3. Robert Paul Leitao said:
    Oops! I forgot to mention AirPods! I’m enjoying the conversations in the Apple 3.0 Slack group. For subscribers who would like to engage in conversation about Apple throughout the day, simply ask Philip for an invitation to join us.

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    • Dan Scropos said:
      RPL, there’s nothing better than AirPods Max after a long and draining day. Shutting out the world and tuning into your favorite sounds just melts the tension away and allows me to reset.

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      • Robert Paul Leitao said:
        Dan: Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoy the AirPods Max. I’m putting a pair on my “wish list.” I’m looking forward to experiencing exactly what you have described.

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  4. Spot on, Robert! You’ve painted much of the ecosystem brilliantly. Friends in healthcare & aviation keep iPads close their entire shift. Now think about the members of the game/app/show/book/podcast and other development communities. Immersed in the garden all day. Most are not directly employed by Apple at all but gain employment with the topiary, the code, the content and by building communities. Such fun!

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    • Robert Paul Leitao said:
      Thomas: Thank you. The economic benefits of Apple’s eco-system extend around the world, providing opportunities and fostering expressions of the human spirit through the global developer community. I never grow weary or tired of using Apple devices and services. In my view, under Tim Cook’s leadership, Apple is at the service of humanity.

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  5. bas flik said:
    is difficult to get out.
    pricing power of apple is according economic theory impossible.
    no company in the world enjoys so much free publicity
    all media worldwide is made on apple and their users promote apple freely in their magazines tv shows etc etc. billions of free communication.
    this was the reason i bought apple.
    how can one compete a company wich receive so much free publicity?
    untill now i have never seen one apple ad in the netherlands.
    samsung has to advertise like hell
    also i have never seen a promotion or an offer of apple
    while samsung is always offering cashbacks or freewares worth 100 euro
    Apple gives nothing away.
    They feed their ecosystem with cheap refurbushed devices while keeping normal pricing high.
    All other brands lack this power.
    This pricing power generates so much cashflow that they in the end will become to powerfull.
    The only question for Apple is at which market value it will be broken up.
    Till that day i am all in.
    Maybe Greg can calculate this number.

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  6. Romeo A Esparrago Jr said:
    Definitely good living in this garden.

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  7. Steven Philips said:
    Just need to dust up the weevils that hang around and put out some stale beer for the (Hall) “slugs” et. al.

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  8. Jerry Doyle said:
    Robert, you wrote an excellent synopsis how Apple’s technology adapts with your daily lifestyle. There is one area possibly omitted inadvertently, that surprised me. Apple Pay has become such a part of my daily routine through use of the Apple Watch, that I become disconcerted anytime cash or a physical credit card may be called for by the vendor. I keep hoping that soon we will become a cashless society and perhaps, with the advent of COVID-19 this will happen sooner than later. Apple Pay is accepted at more and more places. I completed a 1600 mile road trip during the Christmas Holidays and found that every fueling station accepted Apple Pay through my Watch. (My car reminds me to stop and rest every hour). I never once during these rest stops and at other periods had to touch money during the entire week of that trip. Anyway, I would assume that you are a fan of Apple Pay and do use it through your Watch, but just omitted inadvertently to include that daily activity as part of how Apple technology adapts with your personal lifestyle.

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    • Robert Paul Leitao said:
      Jerry: That’s quite remarkable. A 1,600 mile road trip and using Apple Pay for all purchases! Yes. I use Apple Pay whenever possible. No points to decipher, just cash back on your digital card.

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    • Hugh Lovell said:
      Jerry, thank you for reminding me that I can use my Watch for Apple Pay! I’m constantly manually entering my iPhone passcode because of the mask to make an Apple Pay payment. Now a double-press on the Watch button and up it comes. No passcode, no fuss.

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  9. Kirk DeBernardi said:
    If I was to throw out a guess, I would bet most of us on Apple 3.0 are well steeped in this so-called “Walled Garden.”

    I always found it interesting how many around me consider me just another typical “Apple fan-boy” overtly blind to any other products. Well, I consider their attitude as “missing out”.

    I’ve always considered this lazy labeling as a bad call on their behalf. I happily utilize their products in all ways throughout my life — just as Robert so concisely explains.

    Did I say “happily”?

    Aye, there’s the rub — 😉

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