Has Tim Cook lost all Apple Inc's purple milk?
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Sep 21, 2014 - 3:23am
Has Tim Cook lost all Apple Inc's purple milk?

[This is an excerpt from a forthcoming book 'The Brand Man. Riffs about orange juice, apple pie, purple milk, and other fun stuff.' by Richard Lipscombe. All rights reserved.]The signs were there by early September 2014 that Apple Inc has no more Purple Milk. It has misplaced it, used it all up, or discarded it. The most telling sign is that Apple Inc is now addressing 'wants' not 'needs'. First sign was that its release of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus were upgrades not new devices. Breaking glass on iPhones has been a constant problem for users. Swiping the phone to pay credit card bills was new. But this is surely just a gimmick as it does not address the consumer's need for a new type of payment system. Apple Pay is simply a new interface to an old payment system. No Purple Milk has been spilled on the …

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