10 Reasons 2012 Could Be A Nightmare Year For Apple
1. Android's Continued Smartphone Rise
Apple's iPhone is an integral component in the company's success. But Android continues to solidify its market position. Will the smartphone market get bigger, ensuring Apple can continue to post strong sales? Maybe, but the stronger Android becomes, the worse it will be for Apple over the long-term.
Apple hasn't tasted defeat in years. From the iPod's launch, to the iPhone, to the iPad, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has reinvented the form factor for portable computing and beat out competitors with ease. Most researchers and analysts believe that its success will continue in the years ahead, and the chances are good that they are right. But to simply assume that that will be the case is a mistake. Apple faces a host of threats to its operation right now from all sides. The technology giant might not enjoy as great of a year as shareholders and analysts expect. Here's a look at some of the threats that could take Apple down in 2012.
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