A Dramatically Different Reputation
Another problem Apple faced a decade ago with purchasing managers was its reputation. I pulled a copy of MacWEEK from exactly 10 years ago this week, the week of April 3, and found that its cover revealed the problems perfectly.The other top story was how cloners were taking the small numbers of fast chips and making Apple look slow to market with higher-performance systems. A third cover story told a tale of how 30,000 Mac users at Northern Telecom would be transitioned out of the Mac to Windows 95 machines. The CIO of the company required all managers to make a business case for continued use of the Mac. Is the real lesson of Apples Boot Camp that its time to free applications from the operating system? Read more here. Yet another cover story reported on secret meetings with developers at Apple to quash rumors that Apple would stop making entry-level models for the education and home markets. What a turnaround we see 10 years later. The reputation problem looks mostly licked. The company has $4 billion in cash and is riding high on sales of consumer audio players and iMacs. It has a growing list of developers. Now, with Boot Camp Assistant, Apple may begin to find wider acceptance in the purchasing departments of government, education and maybe even midsized business segments. As a Mac, and as a PC. David Morgenstern, senior news editor, brings to Ziff Davis Internet a long and varied career in the computer industry. Known for his coverage of microprocessor-based and high-performance storage, this award-winning editor has directed publications in the professional content creation and digital asset management areas. As a marketing manager, hes worked for monitor and digital video startups. Some may remember him "in the days" as the editor of Ziff Davis MacWEEK. He can be reached at email@example.com. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.
The lead story was how Apple had lost $700 million in the second quarter and 2,000 layoffs or more were on the way. Half of the loss was from inventory write-downs.