I agree that change is inevitable. But there are ways to ensure that change does not kick you out of the business. Enterprises strive hard to master change and use it to their advantage. However, sometimes they fail like the examples you have mentioned.
Also, thanks for sharing the book. I haven't read it yet but will try my best to my hands on it.
I agree that these things take time. And I also agree with your basic point that consumer trends and tastes are fickle. You've also given some valid examples of firms failing to keep their momentum and thus losing their position in the market.
I would build on similar line and say that if firms keep bringing innovative products, concentrate on their target market and create a need for their product they will succeed. It can be Apple, Google or Microsoft for that matter.
I over estimate the attachment to the brand 'Apple' because over the years I have seen examples where people flock to the stores, wait almost all night long to get their hands on a tablet. If there was no attachment to the brand I wonder what drove them to the Apple stores in those great numbers?
On the other hand, I would agree with you that consumers today are very technologically savvy and make educated purchases. So if a vendor doesn't provide the right features for the right price mix they might think of switching.
You over-estimate the attachment to the Brand known as "Apple";Consumers today Globally are extremely smart,aware and most importantly stretched for cash(too much uncertainty in job market and with Economic prospects).
If they can get the same product for 20%-30% less and with much better performance than what Apple delivers today,most will make the switch.
Already the success of the Samsung SIII phone has demonstrated that Consumers are not tied to just the Apple brand-They want good quality HIgh-performance phones.
This happened even earlier in the PC space in the 1980s.Apple had the first mover advantage but because Microsoft cut prices and delivered the same quality;Apple almost went Bankrupt!
One should not be surprised to see them under pressure once again as Microsoft and Google apply the pressure.
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