I think Apple has a smart team of executives who would have thought over the historical past and the opportunities in the future, as well as the risks of opening its platform to every smartphone manufacturer. I seem to agree with their closing the platform and maintining the quality of their products to the level it has always performed.
Apple is probably making up for the posibility of repeating the past by buying its suppliers/competititors and re-structuring these new acqusitions to Apple's standards. The Apple quality that has its base and new comers drawn to it is what Apple is protecting and it is important they protect this asset since innovation is Apple's main area of expertise.
Trailblazing comes with small market shares so that the company has more time devoted to R&D of new technologies and products.
@Parser, i agree that Apple is completly different from others and what they do is a standard in itself. This is the company which has a solid fan base and no matter what they will try to keep that base. But this is the right time for Apple to do something different as history does not repeat itself. Apple should try to embrace other companies and make partnership, make their products more affordable and reasonably priced by sharing the burden of innovation.
They are not a jellybean company to compete with everyone. They are the leaders. And as we know leaders fall, but it is the higher cause they are fighting for. It is like being a USA citizen and die for homeland. They will go out of business rather than engage in peer to peer competition leaving the leadership to others.
I was a fan of Apple when they were going out business a few decades ago. Their design was superior and no-one recognized it (not on profitable scale). Now they combined leadership with profit.
There is a huge difference on the source of income. While IBM made architecture and software an open platform and that platform is sold everywhere it is not and has not been a sole income for IBM.
Apple tried to allow others to manufacture Mac computers in 1990. The effect was cutting its own profits, because this all what Apple does. No other income.
Apple is unable to make their products as an open architecture. Their market is too narrow for them to risk competition.
Google is offering Android as a complete OS and it is not an open architecture. However now Android is being expended to control home appliances using cheap specially designed low-cost wireless network.
The two companies are quite different in business strategy and source of income. It is not a monopoly by choice. Apple may have to stay innovative to survive.
Morry, I have sensed the same feelings for quite some time about history repeating itself for Apple.So far Apple is still the setting the standard, but others are playing catch up and fast.At this point, I see no indication of Apple becoming more open.
Android devices will sure outgrow Apple devices. The reason is it is cheaper and good enough to use. Apple fans still love their products of course. Nevetheless, i am interested to see what will happen in 2 years time.
I agree, TaimoorZ. Apple has their own unique image, which many companies have tried to copy at times. Experience with using Apple products is different than other manufacturers. I think Apple needs to keep this trend to stay successful going forward.
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