Gone are the days where products are launched for the US market first. Winning companies realized this fact early and optimized their supply chain so to handle several international markets concurrently with the US; at least for the G7 or
It’s not Samsung, It’s not Google, It’s not Nokia/Microsoft that are the true threats to Apple. It’s Amazon with its Kindle Ecosystem. Amazon ecosystem resembles and even supersedes Apple’s one except on Apps. On Books, music and movies, Amazon wins.