Product element of the marketing mix for Apple is marked with simplicity in design and convenience in usage. Apple products are also known for their durability and high quality in general and the company upgrades its products in a periodical manner. Apple products usually integrate innovative features and capabilities. Although the product range is limited, the products come in different sizes and colours. Moreover, the multinational technology company regularly upgrades its products and services. On the negative side Apple‘s unique hardware and system can only be used with company‘s own products. Place . Place element of Apple marketing mix integrates the following sales channels: 1. Apple Stores. The world‘s largest IT company by revenue operates 499 retail stores in 22 countries worldwide. Apple Retail Stores are spacious and creatively designed place where consumers can use products and get friendly assistance from customer service representatives. 2. Online stores . Customers can purchase Apple products from its official website 54 Annual Report (2015) Apple Corporation
25 3. Direct sales force . The multinational technology company also uses direct sales force in certain markets to promote and sell certain products. For example, Apple relied on direct sales support for its advertising business, iAd in 2016. 55 4 . Third party cellular network carriers . Major cellular network carriers such as AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc, Vodafone Group plc and others also sell Apple products and services as part of their own packages. 5. Wholesalers . Apple partners with many wholesalers to distribute the substantial part of its products and services. 6. Retailers . There are many local Authorised Retailers such as Carphone Warehouse and Argos in London and Mobile Guru and T-Mobile in New York. 7. Value-added resellers . These refer to professionals authorized by Apple to deliver customized, market-specific solutions to customers. Price. Apple pricing strategy integrates the following: Premium pricing . Apple uses premium pricing strategy putting the highest price tags on its products and services. This is due to company‘s ―long -held belief that consumers will pay more for products that are so well designed they can't fathom living without them.‖ 56 For example, Iphone X has been priced USD999, Apple TV streaming box costs USD179, the brands smartwatch costs almost USD 400 and its HomePod has a price tag of USD 349. These are the most expensive products in their respective categories on the global marketplace. Price skmming . The world‘s largest IT company by revenue also uses price skimming strategy frequently setting its prices high before competitors offer similar products. This was the case with IPhones, iPads and other products belonging to Apple portfolio.
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