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?

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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