Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Mar 2013 22:17 UTC
Apple Apple's Phil Shiller has been trash-talking Android in the press these past few days - just as Samsung is about to launch its Galaxy S4. "Public, preemptive slamming of a competitor is far outside Apple's PR wheelhouse; it's a dramatic shift for a company used to making news rather than reacting to it. But why is it happening?" The Verge hits the nail on the head: "Cupertino's behavior this week is yet another symptom of Samsung's stratospheric rise in the smartphone market globally, a rise that challenges Apple and has outright stifled Android competitors like HTC and Sony."
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Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

It's the "No Steve" effect. Just speculating, but Apple probably had a lot of typical petty MBA types in upper management that Steve likely kept them in check. Apparently the new guy in charge at Apple isn't following in Steve's footprints and the petty crap is starting to show through. Apple either needs to change to fit the current market OR do what Steve used to do, change the market itself. Now they just want to legally bury the competition and freeze the market as it is.


I think this is entirely Steve's fault. Jobs was one of the most vocal about how little he thought of the competition and would frequently go on rants about them. It happened with IBM, then with Microsoft and now it's happening all over again with Google and Samsung.

The stagnation also started while Jobs was in charge. Without wanting to start a debate about innovation vs evolution, it still takes years to put a new (to that company) paradigm through research, design, development and testing before it even hits production. Yet even when Jobs was CEO, there was release after release of the same iPhone.

However I can forgive Apple for stagnating as, if we're really honest, no company can release a totally new product every couple of years. Not even Apple can.

Edited 2013-03-15 00:23 UTC

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M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

The stagnation also started while Jobs was in charge. Without wanting to start a debate about innovation vs evolution, it still takes years to put a new (to that company) paradigm through research, design, development and testing before it even hits production. Yet even when Jobs was CEO, there was release after release of the same iPhone.

I agree, except with the word 'stagnation'. If Apple haven't released a new game changing product in four years time then it'll be appropriate to worry about stagnation.

if we're really honest, no company can release a totally new product every couple of years. Not even Apple can.

Exactly. Look at the following dates;
iMac 1998, iPod 2001, iPhone 2007, iPad 2010

Just how fast are they supposed to come up with these things?

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

The iMac was/is a success for Apple (meaning they make a nice profit from selling it), but it's not a huge game changer/market dominator like the iPod, iPhone and iPad were/are.

Before the iMac they had a few successes (and misses), but nothing that flew out of the shops.

So it's kind of strange people expect and demand Apple to come up with something on an almost yearly basis and if not they are doomed or lost their magic.

An Apple iWatch or iTV, should they surface from Loch Ness, aren't products I suspect that will sell in masses.

For them to continue to do well I expect they'd bolster their ecosystem by making it better and adding do it, like an iWatch or iTV.

Samsung is also starting to understand now that selling a product to a customer and then forgetting about it makes less money than getting people to join your ecosystem like Apple and Amazon do.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

I wouldn't exactly call the iPad an 'innovative' product. All it was, was a natural second path for the iPhone to take for people who wanted to run applications instead of talk. It was not much more than an iPhone with a bigger screen, typically no cellular radio, and otherwise slightly tweaked specifications.

It was an iOS-ified take on traditional portable systems of similar uses and form factors that were produced many years before Apple ever even decided to change their name and focus on non-general-purpose computers. Tablet computers have been around for a much longer time than the iPhone.

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