Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Jul 2012 10:10 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In case you were still doubting whether or not Apple's lawsuits against Samsung were a case of 'if you can't compete, litigate', Samsung's financial results should seal the deal. The company shipped round and about 50 million smartphones, twice as many smartphones as Apple shipped. So, not only is Android doing better on smartphones than iOS, there's now also a single manufacturer outselling Apple. Oh, the next avenue for de-emphasizing this achievement has already reared its head: Samsung has a wider portfolio, and as such, the comparison isn't fair. Nonsense, of course - Volkswagen sells lots more models than, say, Mazda, but that doesn't mean you can't compare them. Maybe, just maybe, having a wide portfolio of devices to meet the various different needs of the market is simply a very good strategy. It'll be interesting to see just how much Apple can take back with the next iPhone, especially since the full potential of the Galaxy SIII hasn't been realised yet and will be accounted for in Samsung's next quarter as well. Fun, such a fight between titans. Just too bad one of the two titans plays dirty by opting for the courtroom.
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Just having great ideas leads you nowhere. You also need to execute them, bring them to the market in a great way and react to market changes in an even greater way. Having just the Steve spirit and some ideas left does not cover that.
The worst thing that can happen is if Apple loses its stand as the company with taste, as inventor (not that they did invent much new but they did bring it to market and hit the right buttons to trigger that impression) and as leader.
That is where Steve was a genius and not on the ideas themselfs. He was good making a product out of them, executing the process and hiting the market. That is gone from Apple.
We will see the result as soon as there are new products from Apple rather then the n-iteration of what Steve made. Only then we are able to see if the spirit, the ideas and structures he left is of any use for Apple in a post-Steve time. I have my doubts. Also I think all the sueing of compitors going on and yet Samsung is kicking them away to a poor 2th place is not helping. Apple is, in the public, turning from an inventor that fights competition with great products into a suer tgat fights competition with dirty tricks.
Over time more people may see that change Apple puts itself into. That will have a downwards-effect since if Apple is not seen to be cool any longer then the products will suffer. Its already happening but needs a bit more time till we are able to see it. Apple is going down. The spirit left does not help to prevent that.

Edited 2012-07-29 04:18 UTC

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