Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 16:36 UTC
Legal Today's "the day after". The day after Apple started a patent war with HTC and Google. Today, we have statements from both HTC and Google, and a number of other people have weighed in as well as to the possible ramifications of Apple's lawsuit.
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Which history?
by Piot on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 22:50 UTC
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@Thom "As a simple layman, I get the feeling that Apple is afraid. Apple is afraid that history will repeat itself: 30 years ago and onwards, consumers in the personal computing market made a very, very clear choice."

If only that statement was factually correct, or relevant, or even original... you might have come up with some real insight. Unfortunately it's none of those things.

30 years ago, 'consumers' were not buying computers. And for the following decade, computers were, generally bought and used, by businesses and computer enthusiasts. It was during this period that Apple 'lost' the Mac/PC battle. It had almost nothing to do with consumer choice.

Try doing a search for articles relating to "iPod, history repeating itself". There are thousands of them, proposing the same argument that you are using here. We all know how that turned out don't we?

Just like the mp3 player market, the current market for smart phones is nothing like the PC market of the late 80s / early 90s. Microsoft tried to employ it's PC business strategy for mobile. It didn't work! Not only that, Microsoft has a new competitor using the same plan... but for free. This market is now dominated ( 3 out of every 4 phones) by three separate companies. Nokia, Rim and Apple. All of their products are powered by their own operating systems. This market is further separated from your historical PC market, in that the roll of the network providers creates yet another "choice" that consumers have to make.

Thom, there really is no compelling reason why smart phones will need to standardise on one dominant OS, like Windows dominates the PC. With increasingly better mobile browsers and increasingly more sophisticated web apps the internet will provide the baseline standard. Currently "apps" are the flavour of the month, but Apple has helped pioneer cheap, useful, plentiful apps. Most users don't need to invest thousands (or even hundreds) of dollars in applications to make their phone more capable. By that I mean that the cost of switching to a new phone and/or a new OS is negligible.

I realise that this is OSNews. But you and your readers should also realise that, increasingly, most people (particularly "consumers") don't really care what software is running their new gadgets and gizmos. If Apple or Rim or whoever have built an "island"... people don't care as long as it works... and they can check into Facebook.

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