Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 21:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Last week, HP killed its webOS devices unit. Over the weekend, the company slashed the prices on the TouchPad. The result? The TouchPad sold out completely in a matter of hours. This confirms what I've been hearing from friends and family: "I'd love a tablet, but I'm not paying laptop money for one."
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RE[4]: This is a late tablet
by Tony Swash on Wed 24th Aug 2011 10:16 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: This is a late tablet"
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"Apple's 'market dominance' is the result of the consumer deciding that Apple products are better than competing products. Thus for consumers it's a good thing. They get to buy product they prefer.

Well, to invoke a discussion I had with MOS6510 recently...

If that's so clear-cut, why do Apple sue competitors instead of leaving them doing business ?

Liebherr and Miele respectively make the best fridges and washing machines in the high-end market, and are well-known for that. Yet they have never sued Samsung.

Apple may be suing it's competitors but to the best of my knowledge those legal actions have not yet actually constrained the supply of any competing product, so as of today consumers have in reality a free choice as to which products to buy.

It seems therefore to me that there are two possible hypothesis here:


a) Apple products are so very popular with consumers because they do meet/satisfy the needs and requirements of those consumers better than competing products


b) Apple products are so very popular with consumers even though they do not meet/satisfy the needs and requirements of those consumers because of other factors unrelated to the nature of the products themselves such as advertising, fashion, fad, etc

I find (b) not only inherently implausible but frankly ludicrous.

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RE[5]: This is a late tablet
by Neolander on Wed 24th Aug 2011 10:58 in reply to "RE[4]: This is a late tablet"
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You've just handwaved my question away. I'm not satisfied.

If Apple products are so successful, why do they sue ? Why do they feel threatened ?

Do they see a trend towards competing devices winning, even though they had the best stuff hands down in the beginning ? Do they feel like they're reaching the limits of their innovation capacity ?

Or maybe something else totally different ?

Edited 2011-08-24 11:03 UTC

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