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Is Apple Uncool?

Teens are abandoning the brand, some pundits say, and the crowd at one Apple store may support that theory.

Has Apple become more mom jeans than teen dream?

Some tech bloggers have been talking about youth moving away from the Apple brand because they view it as tired, repetitive and, frankly, what their parents use.

Marketing experts say Millennial kids want newer products, such as the Microsoft Surface or Samsung Galaxy, according to a report released by Buzz Marketing Group.

Teens—who are at an age when individuality can be paramount—also don't want the same gadget everyone else has, this Forbes columnist says.

And part of the problem might be that parents hand off their old Apple products to their kids while getting the latest, greatest iPad or iPhone for themselves. Missing out on Siri and Retina Display apparently sends teens clamoring for other devices.

So while teens are uploading the newest social media apps to their Samsung phones (Snapchat is in, Facebook is out), their parents are at the Apple store doing really un-hip things, like asking why computers no longer have disk drives.

What do you think? Has Apple peaked? Or do teens have it wrong and these other devices will just be flashes in the pan?

Teri Felker January 28, 2013 at 02:48 PM
As an old lady and great grandmother, I don't care about what's cool. I won't give up my iPod, iPhone or iPad no matter what!
Joe Feltcher January 28, 2013 at 05:13 PM
"As an old lady and great grandmother..." I think that proves it.
Lisa January 28, 2013 at 05:29 PM
This mom switched from an Iphone to a Galaxy and my teen boys still love Iphones/ Ipods...:).
Teri Felker January 28, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Cool isn't all it's cracked up to be.....you don't have to look far to prove that! Won't all those tats look great on saggy skin in old folks farms a few years down the road?
Dave N January 28, 2013 at 06:25 PM
The big complaint I hear from my teenager and her friends (which is the same one I have) is that Apple products do no allow you to use "Flash" - because of this we miss out on a huge amount of information and entertainment. I will not buy another Apple product in the future either unless they change this.
Cathy P. January 28, 2013 at 06:55 PM
"Won't all those tats look great on saggy skin in old folks farms a few years down the road?" --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I've often thought the same thing ;)
Cathy P. January 28, 2013 at 07:00 PM
"Cool" is all about style and status rather than value, usability, and functionality. Google's Android platform is the fastest-growing mobile OS. It's only a matter of time before Apple will be eaten by the collective Android gang.
Jim C January 28, 2013 at 07:10 PM
My kids are gravitating away from Apple products because of price. I think that's Apple's weak point.
Joe Feltcher January 28, 2013 at 07:45 PM
In all fairness to Apple (and I am NOT an Apple fan boy), Flash is a mess. It is resource hungry, unstable, an open port for viruses/malware and completely controlled by Adobe. I actually don't blame Apple and, in fact, most security experts recommend you disable Flash on ALL your devices (including your PC/MAC). It's a pretty moot point as Flash will be rendered obsolete by HTML5 completely within 18 months.
Jim C January 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Android may be a better value than an iPhone, but I hated mine. It's not intuitive at all. That's the thing about apple products, they're really easy to use. Again, not sure that's worth the incredible price difference, but they are definitely superior products.
James Davis January 28, 2013 at 10:32 PM
An iPhone has become the Toyota Camry/Honda Accord of mobile devices in terms of usability. Nothing wrong with that, but as far as 'cool? Definitely not cool anymore in the way it was when iPods were the bees knees and mobile phones were still growing. Apple just helped accelerate the trend with the iPhone and there is clearly a reason its so popular.
ATC January 28, 2013 at 11:57 PM
It's all in what a person wants out of their phone. iPhones are easy to use, very intuitive, and quite stable. On the other hand, they are also a bit boring, lack customization options, and only run apps that are approved through Apple. Android, while allowing more customization and a wider variety of apps, are sometimes unstable. Android also gives users a wide variety of hardware (phones) as opposed to a single choice (iPhone). Of course this variety also means that each phone operates a bit differently, whereas EVERY iPhone works essentially the same. My oldest daughter started with Android and then went to iPhone, same with my son. Wife and youngest daughter went with iPhone from the start. I, on the other hand, have stuck with Android, and have no desire to "take a bite of the Apple". Apple needs a major upgrade with their iPhone. Their "big" upgrade this time was a new plug that is still proprietary (and renders many docks/etc worthless)? Sorry, Apple. Nearly EVERY other phone out there now uses mini-USB and can share charge/sync cords and other hardware. With families having multiple devices, there is really no reason for a proprietary plug, which does nothing other than increase that family's costs and equipment. As James (below) says; the iPhone is kinda like the Toyota Camry/Honda Accord of phones. Dependable, solid...but a bit boring compared to other manufacturers. Sorry, but that's the reality.
Watzon McWats January 28, 2013 at 11:59 PM
I can go out with 20 of my friends in the 20-30something age group and there will be maybe two or three non-iPhones at the table. Still seems to be the defacto phone for folks in that age group as far as I can tell.
Adam D. January 29, 2013 at 12:38 AM
The reason Apple wont support Flash is because Flash is disappearing. Eventually everyone will move away from this. Even Adobe isn't supporting Flash on mobile devices anymore. Netflix doesn't use flash, Youtube will migrate away from it eventually, and within the next 5 years you should see it in news articles about "Old Outdated Tech."
John January 29, 2013 at 08:25 AM
i have gone from Iphone 3gs->4->4s and went to get my wife a iphone 5 but ended up with a samsung s3 and feel that is way better than a iphone 5 and now looking to dump my iphone 4s...for it. Although there is a bit of a learning curve when coming off a iphone but its worth it much more flexible than any iphone
Rage January 29, 2013 at 05:13 PM
A phone is a phone. You look stupid staring at it in public, oblivious to your surroundings. No, I'm not some old person saying this neither. I'm in the age group where they all can't live without them. Get off your damn phone if you're in a checkout line and having people wait on you to write your stupid little message that is irrelevant in your meaningless life. Nobody cares what phone you have. They all do the exact same thing. You buy a new phone every year that does the exact same crap the last one did just so you can feel better about yourself.
B January 31, 2013 at 07:06 AM
I think Rage is mad he can't afford an iPhone.
Ron Briscoe February 01, 2013 at 04:08 PM
My wife and I just got iphones yesterday on the advice of our 28,25,and 22 year old children, all of whom have iphones. We are too old to worry about "cool". We do feel as if we just entered the 21st century.
Vito Spago February 01, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Cool is having $5M in the bank and a 9 inch roscoe. Who cares what you look like, wear, live in, what you drive and what stupid thing you put up to your ear. You can be fat, short and bald and have all the fun you want. Just look at Danny DeVito.
Marnix A. van Ammers February 10, 2013 at 12:23 AM
This is just a troll in the patch.
Breeze Summers February 11, 2013 at 10:38 PM
I second that Teri, I'm happy I won't live to see the likes of all these rappers, gangsters, etc with green skin. What a sad sight that will be in 2060 to see 80 year olds with saggin pants and the skin tone of ET listening to vintage hip hop!
Breeze Summers February 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Rage actually makes a valid point, I'm guilty of the same behavior. I love my iPhone, though I will agree with some posts that it's days are numbered. The iPhone 5 is just like a fat girl who lost weight, no matter how skinny she gets, she still the same person.


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