Linked by David Adams on Tue 7th Jun 2011 17:54 UTC
Editorial Bob Cringeley makes a bold statement in a blog post responding to Apple's iCloud announcement: "Jobs is going to sacrifice the Macintosh in order to kill Windows." He says, "The incumbent platform today is Windows because it is in Windows machines that nearly all of our data and our ability to use that data have been trapped. But the Apple announcement changes all that. Suddenly the competition isn't about platforms at all, but about data, with that data being crunched on a variety of platforms through the use of cheap downloaded apps."
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RE[3]: huh????
by jtfolden on Tue 7th Jun 2011 21:30 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: huh????"
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Hm... Samsung or any other Asian electronics conglomerate? Platforms? Check. Market segments? Check.

Really? ...because the Galaxy Tab and their music players are a huge success???? Oh, wait... they're sitting mostly unsold.... despite furiously trying to copy Apple. I can't even remember the last time I saw someone with a non-trivial Samsung device that wasn't a display of some sort (TV, monitor) or an old piece of stereo equipment.

Success? Yes.
Variety of platforms? Nope.
Domination in consumer electronics market? Not absolute, but largely yes.

Again, I ask... what other company is successful across the consumer spectrum: smartphones, music players, tablets, notebooks and desktops, cross-platform consumer software for previously mentioned devices, etc... Heck, even the latest AppleTV seems to have finally hit its target.

Affordable? No sorry. Valuable and quality - that may be. But definitely not affordable.

Just as an example; Last I checked, the iPad was incredibly affordable. There's no truly comparable tablet available at that price and certainly none that are part of such a flourishing and inter-connected hardware/software ecosystem. I can't find anything comparable to a Mac mini with the same features at the same price point from a major manufacturer, either.

What other hardware maker can leverage a 'cloud' architecture to bring painless syncing to all their devices like Apple is now doing?

I'm not a fanboy (my phone is a Palm, for example) but no other company seems to really understand the consumer market the way Apple does right now... it took Apple to open up the tablet market.

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