Financial Times reports the uneven success of Apple in flooding the world with iThingies. They still have few stores in China and it shows. As well, the hot emerging markets are price-sensitive and Apple’s prices make their products second or third choices.
The world, apparently, does not love small expensive computers although USA does. Coincidentally, USA also loves M$’s OS even though it costs twice as much to use it and has all kinds of drawbacks. Apple’s made in USA business plan seems to work there but not elsewhere when price/performance matters. The cult of Apple thins out as distance increases from USA.
For example, in USA, Android/Linux smart phones have 50% higher share than iOS but in China, Android/Linux has 450% higher share than iOS and more units are being sold in China than USA.