re: Apple iPhone Anticipation Grows
I believe the media hype for this is yet another Apple Non-Event.
Without Job's cult of personality to sway the masses Apple is just
another marketing company repackaging other people's innovations. Just
as the skyrocketing climb in valuation was ludicrous and unsustainable,
the meteoric fall will be just as dramatic.
One of the real
issues involved revolves around technological partnerships. When Apple
created a face-loss situation with Samsung, the shot in the foot was
heard round the world. The Asian tech giants now have a clear target as a
player to remove from the field. Their strengths are; makers of the
actual hardware, patent holders of much of the underlying technologies,
cheaper labor arrangements, and better global market penetration. Oh,
and I also see motivation for them to give preferential treatment to
each other to achieve dominance in the US market as well.
Apple to Microsoft is another apples to oranges gaff. While Microsoft
has regularly made missteps by trying to enter various hardware markets,
one must remember they are primarily a software company. Apple, on the
other hand, makes toys. (albeit good toys, but toys nonetheless) And
bear in mind, if it wasn't for good ol' Microsoft, Apple would have gone
bankrupt in the mid 90's. Back when Microsoft was the oppressive
juggernaut of the desktop space, and was facing charges of monopoly
abuse, they needed a "lame trick pony" to trot out as token competition.
That pony was named Apple after they infused a non-trivial amount of
cash into the so called competition company.
This will be
interesting to watch as the battles unfold, but I fear Apple is
believing it's own press and will suffer for it. The market still loves
Apple, but mostly because it does not want to admit just how badly the
company has been ripping them off with overpriced hardware locked into
proprietary service offerings... Kinda like AOL of old. We shall see if
they will evolve as a mature company in the technology ecosystem or go
the way of AOL's fate.