Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jan 2010 23:31 UTC, submitted by jebb
Apple Now this is material that piques my interest more than anything: insights from one of the bigger names in the industry. Jean-Louis Gassee debunks the "Apple-must-license-its-software-or-die" myth by looking back upon the past - and if you don't know who JLG is, then please take that dunce hat and stand in the corner for three hours, contemplating your existence. Note: OSNews has a bug with using diacritic marks on the front page, so JLG's name is misspelled. It is correctly spelled in the article body.
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by merkoth on Wed 20th Jan 2010 04:13 UTC
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To me, Apple licensing OSX or iPhoneOS makes no sense whatsoever. A Mac isn't just OSX nor a bunch of off-the-shelf computer components, it's the sum of all those parts that make the final user experience. Granted, it isn't my cup of tea (I tend to have a fairly rough time whenever I'm in front of a Mac), but the fact that they're able to deliver a solid and smooth computing experience is undeniable. At least for their target audience, of course.

Let's take the iPod Classic as an example: Why did it become the most successful PMP? Was it because it was powered by impressive hardware? No. Was it because it used a top notch OS? Nope. It was successful because Apple figured out how to offer a great experience. They had the music, the proper app to get access to it and the media player had the hardware and software it needed to power the features people wanted in such a device. Nothing more, nothing less.

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