Originally Posted by technohermit
The data is present day, and the studies are out there now. I've referenced the Berkman Broadband Study in a couple of other threads on here, as I've read that one. Some people say it's biased towards certain things; maybe I'm on their side and just don't see the bias.
I must have missed it. Could you please repost it? Obviously they are ahead. What I want to know is if they truly "kept going" without demand in the early part of the decade.
On being shortsighted, the way I saw it, even back then, was Apple had gigabit ethernet on their desktops. If you look at Apple historically, they are generally 5 years ahead when including or deleting certain things from their computers. If they needed Gb ports back on a Sawtooth G4, you could be sure everyone would be using them come 2005. The reason I started reading this forum (and I read for quite some time before I actually joined) was to keep on the cutting edge of emerging technology. Apple was the leader, and this site was speculating on things they didn't even announce yet. How cool was that? Very. If only our government and the monopolies controlling our technology rollouts could've been reading that stuff too.
Yeah, I here you. Then again, Apple has a different model. They depend on innovation more than many, or at least it seems so. Jobs said in 2001 that "we plan to innovate our way out of this" as he referenced the global recession. Perhaps others should have done the same.
Really though, I see this more as an iPhone related problem. That is, the iPhone seems to have re-launched the smartphone market. The iPod was not the first MP3 player, but it has become a household name. No one even says "MP3 Player" anymore...they call it an IPod. The iPhone may not get to that level, but smartphone interest seems to have become more mainstream. 3 years ago, the only people that had smartphones were people in business and your occasional workaholic (well...not the only ones...but you take the meaning). Now, use is expanding in part because I think Apple has mainstreamed the the concept with the iPhone.
The point is, I think AT&T totally misunderstood this. They thought that the iPhone was a cool product that would be very popular. They underestimated the demand for that one product, and the revolution it unleashed. This, in my opinion, is how they were short sighted.