Originally Posted by anonymouse
Competition is neither good nor bad. Its results can be constructive, or destructive. It is only the actions of competitors that make the result of competition positive or negative, and there is no guarantee what the result will be.
Originally Posted by Blackintosh
What a terrible thing to say. Competition is a very good thing. Unless you're a shareholder I guess.
Always nice to see people castigated for failing to hold firm to a dogma. Makes life so much more simple.
Here's how this could be a bad thing. Say Apple has a product that has superior features, and there's this competing product with inferior features but it's been commoditized.
Now say that someone makes a generic tool to make cross platform games (or whatever). They naturally target the lowest common denominator, ie only the features shared by both platforms.
Suddenly, Apple's superior features count for nothing, because programs aren't actually taking advantage of it. And the only thing that counts becomes price. Apple's marketshare goes to 3%. It's happened before. And competition there became a bad thing, because it was an obviation of everything but competition on price.