A company as large and as successful as Apple is bound to attract its share of naysayers, to say nothing of conspiracy theorists. One of the most common, albeit bizarre accusations leveled at Apple is that it intentionally slows its old iPhones to boost the sales of newer ones—claims that are once again making the rounds in the blog-o-sphere, on the eve of the iPhone 6′s release. In a new statement to the press, Apple sales veteran michael hageloh shares his thoughts on this particular conspiracy theory—and does not mince words.
“I wonder if the people who adhere to this theory also buy their aluminum foil in bulk,” comments hageloh, in his press statement. “It might come in handy as they attempt to make all those hats!” Adds hageloh: “This is frankly one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard, yet I have heard it for years, and am hearing it again now that there is a new iPhone on the horizon.”
According to hageloh, Apple has a perfectly solid business plan that does not require the company to mess with older devices. “You don’t need to slow down older devices when you can simply offer a new one that is significantly better and faster,” he remarks. “Apple has done this consistently, with each new iPhone, and I am sure the new one will continue the trend.”
Not only is intentionally slowing old phones unnecessary, but, according to michael hageloh, it is simply contrary to the Apple ethos. “Apple is a company that is obsessed with innovation, consumed with its own forward momentum, and bent on world domination,” he says. “Why in the world would a company like that devote its time and resources to looking backward—to monkeying with older devices?”
In fact, hageloh says looking backward is something Apple doesn’t do particularly well. “For better or worse, the company is focused on the future, and really doesn’t have a good structure in place for evaluating its own past.”
Concludes michael hageloh, “The new iPhone likely won’t reinvent the wheel, but it will be a solid product that improves on its predecessor in terms of overall performance. As such, it’s silly to think Apple needs to spend its resources slowing its older models.”
More information about michael hageloh is available at his personal website, www.hageloh.com.
Serving as director of special projects focused on the sales education initiative at the University of South Florida, michael hageloh is a proven sales executive with more than 20 years of experience.
Much of that experience is with Apple Inc., where he began in the company’s education division in 1988. Hageloh moved into a crucial role within Apple’s sales organization. In that role, he developed a vertical education selling strategy and forged relationships with thought leaders, policymakers, and other influencers in the education and technology spheres. He also acquired experience in a key academic sales role at Adobe, where he facilitated, along with French banking and financial services firm Socit Gnrale, a unique single licensing transaction valued at $11.7 million. Overall, Hageloh delivered close to a billion dollars in revenue during the course of his career.
Hageloh is the creator of the Rhythm-Selling System. He’s a high spirited author, a beat-ahead thinker, and a charismatic authentic talker. Hageloh can be contacted online via his website, www.hageloh.com, his Facebook page, and on Twitter.