Developers, Developers, Developers: How Apple Inc. Is Positioning Itself Perfectly Ahead of the iPhone 6

As Apple's iPhone 6 draws closer, Apple's courtship of this key group could make a huge difference.

Jun 13, 2014 at 12:03PM

Tech giant Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) doesn't need Steve Ballmer to tell it that developers matter. Although other more tangible areas of Apple's business, like quarterly shipments or carrier subsidies, are easier to track, developers provide the magic that helps keep customers coming back to Apple's iDevices time and again.

Apple paid homage to developers everywhere as part of its software-laden WWDC keynote address weeks ago. And in a parallel storyline, Apple has also made a series of moves to bolster its relationship with its key constituency.

Apple's overseas empire
Although not its largest market today, China is undoubtedly one of Apple's most important markets -- a fact that should only increase in the year ahead. And, in its efforts to continue to make inroads into China, Apple has been putting on a full-court press to woo developers in China, as well as by rolling out improved tools and increasing its in-country developer support. Investors should take notice, as gains from Chinese developers will likely directly translate into more dollars for Apple investors everywhere.

In the video below, tech and telecom specialist Andrew Tonner discusses Apple's recent moves with Chinese developers, and breaks down the financial implications of this move in greater detail.

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A Financial Plan on an Index Card

Keeping it simple.

Aug 7, 2015 at 11:26AM

Two years ago, University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack wrote his entire financial plan on an index card.

It blew up. People loved the idea. Financial advice is often intentionally complicated. Obscurity lets advisors charge higher fees. But the most important parts are painfully simple. Here's how Pollack put it:

The card came out of chat I had regarding what I view as the financial industry's basic dilemma: The best investment advice fits on an index card. A commenter asked for the actual index card. Although I was originally speaking in metaphor, I grabbed a pen and one of my daughter's note cards, scribbled this out in maybe three minutes, snapped a picture with my iPhone, and the rest was history.

More advisors and investors caught onto the idea and started writing their own financial plans on a single index card.

I love the exercise, because it makes you think about what's important and forces you to be succinct.

So, here's my index-card financial plan:


Everything else is details. 

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