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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huh????
by somebody on Tue 7th Jun 2011 18:28 UTC
somebody
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2005-07-07

"with that data being crunched on a variety of platforms through the use of cheap downloaded app"

sticking apple, cheap and variety of platforms in one sentence? Bob Cringeley should write jokes instead of news and predictions.

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RE: huh????
by roverrobot on Tue 7th Jun 2011 18:53 in reply to "huh????"
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2006-07-23

sticking apple, cheap and variety of platforms in one sentence?


Why not? how many companies provide a line of products from MP3 players, cellphones, tablets, notebooks, desktops, and servers?

The hardware may not be cheap, but once you own it, the software is very cheap. At least I don't need to spit out half a grand just to buy the OS and an office suit.

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RE[2]: huh????
by jgagnon on Tue 7th Jun 2011 19:12 in reply to "RE: huh????"
jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

Why not? how many companies provide a line of products from MP3 players, cellphones, tablets, notebooks, desktops, and servers?


Sony provides all of those except cell phones (they might even make those in some markets, I'm not sure). They make many other products that Apple does not.

Microsoft is on all of those from the software level and has even made most of the hardware. They make many other products that Apple does not.

Motorola makes most of those, but I'm not sure about desktops and servers. They make many other products that Apple does not.

I could go on, but there are many other companies that have a MUCH wider list of products than Apple, so what's the point? I wish people would stop suggesting that Apple is somehow better or more original than every other company on the planet when every one of their products was built on the shoulders of giants, so to speak.

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RE[2]: huh????
by JAlexoid on Tue 7th Jun 2011 20:58 in reply to "RE: huh????"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

You, however, will spit out a few grand for hardware upgrades... There is actually 2 platforms in Apple land - iOS and Mac OSX. The products within those two platforms only vary in form factor.

PS: Welcome to 2011, Apple no longer sells server products.

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RE[2]: huh????
by SterlingNorth on Wed 8th Jun 2011 01:38 in reply to "RE: huh????"
SterlingNorth Member since:
2006-02-21

No -- you just need to spit out one grand or more for the computer to run the OS on -- or over two grand over the life of a cell phone contract to get the "Oh, Wow!" subsidized price of $200 US.

The OS is cheap because you've already long subsidized the price of it on the hardware purchases.

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RE[2]: huh????
by unclefester on Wed 8th Jun 2011 07:57 in reply to "RE: huh????"
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2007-01-13

Samsung make just about every type of hardware imaginable including phones, computers, monitors, memory and hard drives. They also make TVs, refrigerators and washing machines!

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RE: huh????
by jtfolden on Tue 7th Jun 2011 19:41 in reply to "huh????"
jtfolden Member since:
2005-08-12

sticking apple, cheap and variety of platforms in one sentence? Bob Cringeley should write jokes instead of news and predictions.


You've apparently been sleeping for the last 10 years.

There's no other company today that has as successful a reach across not only platforms but market segments as does Apple. Sure, there are companies that are cheap... and there are companies that have a larger variety of random products but there are none that tie them together in a cohesive, affordable ecosystem for consumers.

The only other company that has the potential to come close right now is HP...and that tale will be told within the next 6 months.

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RE[2]: huh????
by JAlexoid on Tue 7th Jun 2011 21:05 in reply to "RE: huh????"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

There's no other company today that has as successful a reach across not only platforms but market segments as does Apple.

Hm... Samsung or any other Asian electronics conglomerate? Platforms? Check. Market segments? Check.

Apple has exactly 2 platforms and targets only the consumer market. Their 0.1 success in business segment is largely overlooked by Apple themselves.

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

Sure, there are companies that are cheap... and there are companies that have a larger variety of random products but there are none that tie them together in a cohesive, affordable ecosystem for consumers.

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

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