Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jul 2011 22:09 UTC
Legal Two different graphs. Both happen to be published at Ars Technica, with one of them coming from a different source. Seemingly completely unrelated, but when you ponder the waterfall of recent lawsuit-related news, these two graphs suddenly tell all there is to tell. These two innocent little graphs illustrate why Apple is attacking Android so ferociously.
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RE: Apple can't compete on merit
by andydread on Thu 28th Jul 2011 00:41 UTC in reply to "Apple can't compete on merit"
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Apple is now filing complaints about Android tablets, are you ready to admit that Apple isn't afraid, they simply don't like their intellectual property infringed?


"and it would seem Apple is unable to turn the tide with just new products alone

Apple hasn't released a new product in over a year, and they are still seeing growth in iPhone sales and market share. HTC released, what, 10 different handsets last quarter and they only grew their market share by 4%, 1% more than Apple with a 1 year old phone and a 2 year old phone.

Combine that with the fact that Apple is seeing historically unprecedented growth for a company it's size (100% YoY revenue and profit growth on multi-billion dollar companies is literally unheard of), I'm not exactly sure "afraid" is the right way to describe Apple.

I remember the incredible growth Apple had in the 80s
Then there came along a thing called PC clones with MS-DOS then Windows on a myriad of hardware. Then came the 90s and Apple was about to go the way of Commodore. Then came the 00s and Apple is back on top of the world. Now comes Android on a myriad of hardware. I think Apple remembers this scenario too.

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I think Apple remembers this scenario too.

I'm not sure that they do. Or if they do, then I question if they learned anything from.

I remember the Apple ][ vs IBM PC war, I remember the Mac vs Windows war. Both started off with Apple earning first-mover advantage with an innovative product that garnered leading market share and industry support that eventually deteriorated due to their un-yielding stubbornness and un-willingness to adapt to the different demands of a larger and more diverse market.

To me this is deja vu all over again. Apple has achieved tremendous market success with the iPhone and has the industry clamoring to catch up. I've seen this episode before and know how it eventually ends.

Jobs has some brilliant ideas. While most people gush about him being a visionary, I don't really think he is. I think the real secret to his success is his ability to execute. The man has an idea and he can drive it and make it happen with a better track record of success than just about any CEO I can think of in recent history.

But the same quality of character that demands perfection and control over his products simply does not scale beyond a certain size, and that is why Apple will inevitably be eclipsed. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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