First Bloomberg, now Reuters, have boiled Apple down to a two-word editorial formula.
FORTUNE -- How do you describe a company that grew like gangbusters but has entered a patch of slower growth?
Some desk editors at the business news services have hit on what they seem to think is the perfect phrase: Apple (AAPL) is "losing steam."
Last week it was Bloomberg News with this headline:
Harvard Liquidates Apple Stake After IPhone Sales MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 14, 2013 11:13 AM ET
In the U.S., it's everybody's but Apple's according to comScore.
FORTUNE -- It's often been said that Android's share of the U.S. smartphone market has come chiefly out of the hides of Research in Motion's (BBRY) BlackBerry and Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Phone, but nothing shows this quite as clearly as Horace Dediu's charts at Asymco.com.
Not that Apple (AAPL) hasn't been hurt by the success of Google's (GOOG) mobile platform. Some of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 5, 2013 6:56 PM ET
It may not be the price of the iPhone as much as the economics of mobile broadband.
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) made headlines last month on reports that its iPhone shipments to India tripled in the space of six months. Since then it's instituted some aggressive marketing techniques, including an advertising blitz and a buyback scheme, that could propel the company's sales in the country, according to one estimate, to $1 billion MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 3, 2013 11:38 AM ET
Ten years later, it's the sprawling digital mall known as the Apple iTunes Store.
FORTUNE -- Asymco's Horace Dediu contributed to the bouquet of articles celebrating the iTunes Store's 10th anniversary with a story for Billboard magazine and the bar chart above, posted with a score of eye-popping data points in Happy Birthday iTunes Store.
What struck me, looking at Apple's most recent SEC Form 10-Q, is that revenue from the iTunes Store MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 29, 2013 9:02 AM ET
In the last quarter of 2012, Apple had 5% of the global PC market and 45% of the profit.
FORTUNE -- Everybody who follows the computer industry knows that Apple's (AAPL) Mac trails far behind its Microsoft (MSFT) Windows-based competitors -- Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Dell (DELL), Lenovo and the like -- in terms of worldwide PC shipments.
But who knew what the market looked like in terms of economic value?
Leave it to Asymco MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 16, 2013 2:53 PM ET
Horace Dediu invites us to imagine Google netting fish at the mouth of a giant river
FORTUNE -- Asymco's Horace Dediu on Tuesday posted an edited transcript of the part of his most recent Critical Path podcast in which he described Google's (GOOG) business model through an elaborate extended metaphor.
Think of the company, he suggested, as an enterprise that has strung nets across the mouth of the Mississippi and is trying MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 10, 2013 7:27 AM ET
A $45 million lawsuit suggests that Samsung also spends a fortune on refrigerator ads.
FORTUNE -- We've learned a couple of things since November when Asymco's Horace Dediu surprised us with his estimate that Samsung spends more on marketing than Apple (AAPL), HP (HPQ), Dell (DELL) Microsoft (MSFT) and Coca Cola (KO) combined.
1. We learned that Dediu's estimate was a few billion dollars short. According to the update he posted Tuesday MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 4, 2013 8:32 AM ET
Asymco's Horace Dediu has a new way to illustrate Apple's profit-making machinery.
FORTUNE -- The chart above, created on an iPad, may be Horace Dediu's the best graphical representation yet of Apple's (AAPL) business model circa 2012. According to his footnotes, the height of the light blue rectangle representing payments to developers (Dev Payments, lower right) equals $1 billion. When zoomed in on a retina iPad, each pixel equals $50 million.
The chart MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 27, 2013 8:29 AM ET
A "break even" line item is suddenly generating more than $2 billion in profits per year.
FORTUNE -- Most analysts skipped over it, but ever since January Asymco's Horace Dediu has been trying to wrap his mind around a change in the way Apple reports certain line items. For example, what used to be called "Other related music products and services" is now called "iTunes, Software and Services" and consolidates, for MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 25, 2013 7:25 AM ET
Apple owned the market for two fleeting quarters, and it may never own it again.
FORTUNE -- In an interview about the impact of Samsung's Galaxy S4 on Apple (AAPL), Anouch Seydtaghi, deputy economics editor for the Swiss newspaper Le Temps, asked Asymco's Horace Dediu what seemed like a perfectly reasonable question:
Q: Can Apple regain the lead in the smartphone market? If yes, how?
Dediu responded, characteristically, with a chart:
A: Apple had leadership in the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 15, 2013 12:00 PM ET
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