It just seems to me that Steve really has no peers amongst CEO's of any of the competing companies. What the hell is Yahoo going to lend Nokia to help them compete with Apple? Doesn't anyone get it? Apple has a whole ecosystem built around the iPhone which has resulted in its bottom line desirability. Do these other companies seriously expect to outdo Apple with anything not as comprehensive, much less better than what Apple has?
Sure countless mindless drones have been led down into the Windoze abyss, and perhaps someone will create a competing smartphone abyss for those same hordes to get further mired into. But on the other hand, a phone purchase is not like a computer purchase. It would seem like not nearly as many would be forced into buying a particular phone as might have been forced into buying a Windoze computer.
I have to agree, most of these CEO have no clue all they are trying to do is manage a money stream and once it threaten they run around and do mergers and alliances to prop up the money stream again. If any of them had an original idea it would truly be amazing.
oh wait my iphone works with my computer, oh wait my iphone works with my stereo systems, oh wait my iphone works with my car, oh wait, my iphone works with..... Now explain why I would get rid of it or my ipods for something that barely works and does not work with all my other stuff.
They are not gong to beat Jobs at his own game, he has a strategy which he is still delivering on and I can tell you the next target is the cable business, once they figure out how to deliver people video content the way it easy to use and make sense the cable companies will fall next, the will be relegated to just providing you a wire to the internet.
Think about how many companies Apple have affective with all their technologies, usually on company affects another competitor, in this case apple has effected mp3 player manufactures, they affected the music industry, they affected Dell, they affected Microsoft, now they will affect Amazon and the print industry and the list goes on.