Originally Posted by RationalTroll
Interesting. I hadn't considered those niches, but there may be some applicability there.
A stronger case than antitrust can be made for "restraint of trade" with regard to dictating developer tools.
To make any kind of anti-trust case you would have to take the case against an actual monopoly. Although I am going to make the point that they may be, soon.
A few points to make here. Android's growth - largely and only in the US - has been led by anti-Apple geeks, about 2% of the entire phone market, and people who got stuff for free on Verizons pans, and people who dont know anything about phones.
About 35% of Android phones use 1.5, and - heres the rub - 2.2 needs about 256 M of RAM. That will be a high end phone. Mass market Android phones cant afford the RAM necessary for 2.2. Menwhile OS 4.0 can run on the 3G and 3GS.
I dont hink Apple wanted to become the dominent force in the smart phone world, but I think they may now - to win against Goggle and to prove that the vertical model can win. I think it can, and I think it should.
If, at the WWDC, Apple announces that it is not discontinuing the 3GS but reducing it's price and keeping the margin on the 4G instead. A recent Guardian article suggested that the iPhone will come in three sizes, the 3GS with 8 or 16G ( HD) and the 4G with 64G. Clear blue water to encourage high-spenders to keep on the 4G. That is the same as the iPod mini which, if you know your history, really gave the MP3 market to Apple..
Then, of course, the iPod touch will also get some sort of high end and (cheap) low end touch, and all will run OS 4.0. The number of phones ( or devices
) running iPhone OS 4.0 will dwarf 2.2
Then Apple move to Verizon with their cheap iPhones. They can lock down this market in the US within a few years.