Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Mar 2010 15:12 UTC
Legal It's no secret to anyone that while Apple sued HTC, the lawsuit is more about Google than HTC itself. Since Android is open source, and owned by no one, it's kind of hard to go after Google itself, and as such, HTC was the prime target, since it is the number one Android smartphone maker. The New York Times has an in-depth article up about the subject, with a whole boatload of quotes from people within the two companies, and it paints a picture of all this being a highly emotional and personal vendetta - especially from Apple's side.
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Insecurity in the form of arrogance?
by porcel on Sun 14th Mar 2010 17:04 UTC
porcel
Member since:
2006-01-28

How much confidence does Apple really have in its own products?

To want to push out others from a market it has entered and to feel that it is rightfully its own by virtue of having a successful products is arrogance at its best.

I support both iPhones and the Android "Magic" and "Heroes" at my company. They are both good phones, but by far I prefer the latter to the former in flexibility and reliability.

It is this feeling that I am not part of Apple's target group that always pushes me away from their products.

However nice, I always find them too restrictive and debating any problems with Apple's loyal fan base often seems like a complete exercise in futility because the starting premise often is that anything that Apple puts out is perfect all of the time for everyone.

Peace out.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Hence I decided not to go for the iPhone and got rid of my iPod Touch; at the end of the day I actually wonder how much hype is behind these phones versus what end users really want. It reminds me of Vodafone who found that many customers just wanted a plan ordinary phone that did text messaging and telephone calls - nothing fancy. Are we going to end up having a similar backlash as people start to demand a phone that works? there seems to be cycles of consolidating then specialisation then consolidating coming in cycles.

For me I've kept my iPod Classic, I have a very basic NZ$140 ZTE Telecom branded phone with very good battery life, and a USB ZTE 3G dongle for broadband mobile internet. Three separate devices but I'm happy knowing that when the battery dies on my iPod, I can still make calls, and when I've run out of cash on my 3G dongle I can still make phone calls on my phone.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

The biggest problem that Apple has, and it has happened throughout their history, is that they have often been first to a market with a clever and integrated product.

The problems then start once other competitors start responding to it credibly, and in particular, responding with cheaper devices with potentially larger economies of scale in supply and demand and also with a large economy of scale and flexibility in the application base. It happened in the PC market, and despite a slight resurgence for Macs in recent years they just don't have the supply or economies of scale to fund a market like the one for the PC as a whole.

Apple knows they can't respond to that and so they lash out, usually legally in some form.

Having just completed reading the article, that's exactly what Mitch Kapor says:

While mobile phone developers favor the iPhone for now, "they are all racing ahead to develop for Android, too," Mr. Kapor says. "Tight control helps in the beginning, but it tends to choke things in the long term."


Edited 2010-03-15 16:13 UTC

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