Zero benefit for Apple. Why should Apple spend $$$ to subsidize free loaders (Android)? I tell me people if you want to get group messages, get an idevice or Mac. My brothers have idevices and most of my friends do as well.
Doomed. Rules of Apple punditry:
1. Apple is doomed.
2. Bad news for others is actually worse news for Apple
3. Good news for Apple is actually bad news
4. Only Apple needs revolutionary products
5. Apple must maintain margins AND sell no-profit phones.