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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Partly Agree
by deadmeat on Wed 20th Jan 2010 04:41 UTC
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I sort of agree with his points. The innovations that let PC dominate Mac was mostly hardware based. PC hardware started off fairly limited, but the innovative energy of the entire industry soon overpowered vertically integrated systems.

Most of the leading edge phones are basically the same hardware. SoC ARM systems. Essentially ARM is IBM of the phone industry, it's licensed it's hardware to whoever wants it. Some companies are making big money from that hardware.

Currently it's the mid 80s. Lots of hardware systems complete with custom software competing in a free for all.

If this were to shake out like the computing industry did, someone important will develop a standard hardware spec. This will attract a large number of new entrants into the hardware market. They'll struggle for a while for competitive software but eventually the size of the ecosystem will produce good software and ever improving hardware. This generic juggernaut will crush the competition through continuous hardware improvements and software standardization, which is relatively open.

Closed systems: Apple, Palm, RIM, Nokia and everyone else would be left behind. (again)

It could happen. There are powerful hardware forces gathering steam. I'm skeptical only because I foresee consolidation in the mobile OS market as driving this technological cycle. There will be killer applications that drive the market one way or the other.

Intel's muscle could shake up the market in an unexpected way. I expect they will sell rather than license processors and chipsets.

Edited 2010-01-20 04:42 UTC

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RE: Partly Agree - doesn't ARM sell?
by jabbotts on Wed 20th Jan 2010 15:42 in reply to "Partly Agree"
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I thought ARM produced the processor chips they sell. Are they really just a licensing office that manages the ARM brand without any physical production?

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I thought ARM produced the processor chips they sell.

Well you are mistaken. They don't own any fab.

Are they really just a licensing office that manages the ARM brand without any physical production?

Still incorrect! It's true that they don't produce any physical thing but they don't license only the brand.. They design CPU implementations compatible with leading fab process and sell the right to use those HDL designs (and the corresponding programming / debugging tools).

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