Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th May 2010 14:55 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless When Apple sued HTC, and targeted Android specifically (news which came out of the blue), many people, including myself, were convinced this was Apple letting the world know they were afraid of Android's rising popularity. This notion was laughed away by many an Apple fan, but it turns out that this is most likely far closer to reality than many dare to admit: in the first quarter of 2010, Android conquered the number two market share spot from the iPhone in the US - and by a wide margin too. Update: Added a graph which better shows the trend.
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RE[2]: The os Mac vs PC war...
by alcibiades on Tue 11th May 2010 08:06 UTC in reply to "RE: The os Mac vs PC war..."
alcibiades
Member since:
2005-10-12

Yes, its basically driving your potential customers to the competition. This is what they did in the eighties, they could not satisfy demand, and would not let anyone else help them. People would rather have had macs, but they needed some kind of a computer, so they bought what there was and what they could afford, and it was Windows.

Its always been the great paradox of mac advocacy, that people urge the public to do something which they cannot all do: standardize on Apple products. They cannot, the demand simply cannot be met by one company.

Now its deja vue all over again with smartphones. People want a smartphone. They can't all have Apple ones, they are either not available for their network or are too expensive. So they will buy a different make. What else are they supposed to do? Do without?

In the end, you end up with a niche product, you basically drive your customers to new entrants. Its creating the market for the competition. With what satisfaction they must have seen the latest stuff in the development contract!

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

What Apple really did in the 80s was help their competition. They did the expensive and risky R&D and release of a brand new product and then refused to sell it to everyone. Their competitors had a shitload of free marketing from Apple: Everyone wanted a Mac and as soon as someone offered a Mac-like UI which people could afford they bought it. And then Apple filed a patent suit against those offering the competing product. Hmmm.

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