Tim Cook says Apple won’t go down ‘junk’ road

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Tim Cook. AFP FILE PHOTO

Tim Cook. AFP FILE PHOTO

WASHINGTON — Apple has no intention of competing in the “junk” segment of the electronics market, chief executive Tim Cook says.

In an interview published Thursday as Apple prepared to launch sales of two new iPhones, Cook said he remains unfazed by Apple’s eroding share of the smartphone market.

“There’s always a large junk part of the market. We’re not in the junk business,” he said in the interview with Bloomberg Businessweek.

“There’s a segment of the market that really wants a product that does a lot for them, and I want to compete like crazy for those customers.”

The comments come with Apple facing criticism for maintaining a comparatively high price for its new iPhone 5C, which had been seen as a smartphone for emerging markets and budget-conscious consumers.

The iPhone 5C will sell for $549 in the United States, and higher in China and other markets, where carrier subsidies are rare.

“We never had an objective to sell a low-cost phone,” Cook told the magazine. “Our primary objective is to sell a great phone and provide a great experience, and we figured out a way to do it at a lower cost.”

He added that “”I’m not going to lose sleep over that other market, because it’s just not who we are. Fortunately, both of these markets are so big, and there’s so many people that care and want a great experience from their phone or their tablet, that Apple can have a really good business.”

Cook said he was not overly concerned about the decline in Apple’s stock price, which has fallen sharply since hitting a peak last year.

“I don’t feel euphoric on the up, and I don’t slit my wrists when it goes down,” he said. “I have ridden the roller coaster too many times for that.”

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  • Wolverine

    Tim Cook, you’re an egotistical moron to say it’s junk market. There’s a big difference between the terms “junk” and “mass” market.

  • Ross

    after apple event, APL stocks got low… suprising!

  • riccisan

    “I don’t feel euphoric on the up, and I don’t slit my wrists when it goes down,” good one :) im not an apple fan. but maybe the 5s and 5c may pick up sales especially this holiday season,ive seen some reviews and it looks pretty good

  • pedoy

    If you look at the figures, Apple’s profit is really going down, same with Nokia. Samsung covered more space on the pie chart, and there’s a growing market for “cheap local brands” with decent specs (Dual-Core/Quad-Core units…) Is this the “junk” part of the market that Apple mentioned.

    Function First. My opinion, why should I buy a Php15,000-30,000 mobile phone/tablet if I get everything that I need on my 5-inch Php3,900 Android phablet?

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