re: Apple's Planned Obsolescence: Customer Revolt Brews
I agree with the people who say that we should cut Apple some slack, it's bee ten years since they've changed the dock connector and Apple is doing it for design reasons. On the other hand, they've managed to slip a chip in so you can't use less expensive after market products. How does that benefit the consumer? It doesn't, pure and simple.
Apple always has a weak answer and the hard core Apple fanboys (and girls) wear those answers like a shield. Apple doesn't make their batteries removable so the case can be smooth and feel better in your hand. Well, there are plenty of Android phones with removable batteries that feel just as nice to the touch, for the few people who don't put their phones in a protective case.
Apple's MobileMe was a failure of epic proportion. Just ask Steve Jobs, well, don't have a seance of anything, just look back at comments he made about that product. Still, the hardcore Apple fans spent $99 a year while everyone else signed up for free products that did mostly the same thing.
As for the person who asked about planned obsolescence just compare the list of products that MobileMe supported to the list that iCloud supports and you'll have your answer.
There is no doubt that Apple with sell hardware, but there's also no doubt that Android has already taken business away. The iPhone came into a "smartphone" landscape that included Symbian and Blackberry, and offered options that no other smartphone could. Today, well the numbers tell the story, and according to Comscore for the quarter ending in February 2012, Android powered over 50% of the smartphones in the US, Apple 30.2%. Not shabby on Apples part, but alarming for a company who essentially was the first to market.
The landscape is rapidly changing with Microsoft looking for a slice of the pie. Whether they are successful or not this is not the time for Apple to be looking for a quick buck at the customers expense.