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Verizon is probably the largest untapped market for Apple that remains in the entire world. It's large enough to make it "financially viable and worth it" for companies that are smaller than Apple and sell less profitable phones than the iPhone to make phones for Verizon's network. And by not selling the iPhone on Verizon Apple has created a safe haven for Android phones in the US. Android would almost certainly have not passed iPhone in the US if Apple were on Verizon....
The TV/movie guys think they're so smart for playing tough with Apple. They think they're avoiding the "mistake" of the music industry. In reality, they're just repeating the same mistake. The longer they wait to do a deal that isn't a total rip-off for consumers, the more consumers learn how to get video onto their devices without paying anything at all. The choice here isn't between paid and nothing -- the choice right now is between paid+annoying and free+annoying. The...
Or at least countries that have better legal systems and worker/environmental protections.
And it's not like Apple hasn't actively cultivated this type of celebrity status and attention. It generally serves them very well. And really, this Gizmodo thing could have served them well, if they hadn't sent in the stormtroopers. they need to keep their secret police tactics firmly contained *within* the company. Outside of the company, they should be all sunshine and rainbows, to the greatest extent possible.
Exactly. Apple really screwed up here by going after the Gizmodo guys so hard. I predicted at the time that they were just creating an incentive for people to take these things out of the country, and here it has happened already. Really, all in all, the Gizmodo thing went as well as Apple could have hoped -- they got the prototype back, after all. They won't be getting this one back, nor will they likely ever get back a prototype that goes missing again. It's now crystal...
The difference here is just US versus World. iPhone does better internationally because Apple has multiple carriers in most countries. Apple only has one carrier in the US, so Apple doesn't do as well in the US. But either way you look at it, Android is certainly a real competitor and certainly the existence of Android seriously undermines Adobe's anti-trust arguments.
Clearly Apple is not a monopolist!
It's still very hard for me to see how there will be any antitrust action here so long as their are competing smartphone platforms out there. If Apple has 80% of the market then this would be illegal, but they don't, so it's not.
The fact that bad apps can be made with any tool is irrelevant. The question is, when all else is equal (ability of the developer, originality of the idea, financial resources, etc), will apps made with Apple's own tools be better than apps made with cross-platform tools that do not take advantage of iPhone-specific features? And the answer depends entirely on the value of those iPhone-specific features. If Apple has a better platform, then apps that take advantage of...
I'm surprised to see Reich weigh in on this, but I'm glad that he did and I totally agree with him. I have sometimes found reich to be a little dogmatic, but I think he has generally been on target these last few years.
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