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Apple Has a Decade-long Lead in Wearables

Last week, Apple quietly unveiled one of the more remarkable pieces of technology that has been developed in the past few years. AssistiveTouch allows one to control an Apple Watch without actually touching the device. Instead, a series of hand and finger gestures can be used to control everything from answering a call to ending a workout. The video...

Above Avalon Podcast Episode 182: Apple’s Underestimated Manufacturing Apparatus

Apple is quietly and gradually showing us that the phase “Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China” will evolve. In episode 182, Neil goes over the changes taking place within Apple’s supply chain and manufacturing apparatus. The discussion includes a breakdown of where Apple products are manufactured and the relationship between Apple and...

Designed by Apple in California, Not Assembled in China

One phrase that has become a fixture on Apple device boxes and some Apple products is “Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China.” Those eight words may not mean much to the average Apple consumer, but they sufficiently sum up how a company now worth more than two trillion dollars became one of the largest sellers of consumer gadgets. A gradual...

Above Avalon Podcast Episode 181: Let's Talk Apple Retail

When asked to identify Apple’s crown jewel, most will point to the iPhone or iPad. Apple’s retail operations probably wouldn’t be too high on many people’s lists. This is a mistake. In episode 181, Neil discusses Apple’s retail operations with a focus on where Apple Retail is headed and what changes are needed. Discussion topics include the three distinct...

The Future of Apple Retail

In recent weeks, there have been a number of intriguing developments in the retail space. Apple and Target announced a partnership that will bring mini Apple stores to 17 Targets. Last week, Disney announced it will close 20% of its stores. As a sign of just how much the pandemic impacted Apple’s brick and mortar retail, all U.S. stores are fully open...

Above Avalon Podcast Episode 180: 100 Million Wrists

According to Neil’s estimate, 100 million people now wear an Apple Watch. This means that approximately 10% of iPhone users wear an Apple Watch. In episode 180, Neil discusses these installed base and adoption figures as part of a larger discussion regarding Apple Watch’s sales momentum, growth potential, and roles in Apple’s ecosystemTo listen to episode...

Apple Watch Is Now Worn on 100 Million Wrists

More than 100 million people wear an Apple Watch. Based on my estimates, Apple surpassed the important adoption milestone this past December. The Apple Watch has already helped usher in a new paradigm shift in computing, and Apple is still only getting started with what is possible on the wrist. New services designed specifically for Apple Watch (such...

The Above Avalon Daily Update Recap (January 2021)

Along with publishing periodic articles that are accessible to everyone, I publish daily updates all about Apple. These updates are 2,000-word emails that revolve around Apple business and strategy analysis, my perspective and observations on current news and Apple competitors, and comprehensive coverage of Apple earnings, product events, and keynotes....

Above Avalon Podcast Episode 179: Winning the Buyback Debate

After years of criticism, doubt, and questions surrounding Apple’s share buyback program, we are at a point where we can say with confidence that the buyback debate has ended and Apple was declared the winner. In episode 179, Neil goes over how the buyback debate began and why so many people underestimated Apple’s ability to both buy back shares and...

Above Avalon Podcast Episode 178: Welcome to 2021

Episode 178 is dedicated to discussing Apple’s 2020 and where the company finds itself as we enter 2021. The episode goes over the first Above Avalon year in review that was published for 2020. Neil discusses his five favorite Above Avalon weekly articles from 2020 and the sub themes that were found in the 196 daily updates published in 2020.To listen...

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