Originally Posted by GQB
1) Steve's missive on Flash. He was dead on, and it put Adobe completely on their asses defending the indefensible.
And yet for all his ranting Apple blinked and completely backpedaled: their bizarre restrictions on which languages programmers can use has been tossed out, and now CS5 can be used to develop Flash-based apps for iOS.
2) The antenna conference. Again, put the others on the defensive as they suddenly had to defend their own clay feet.
Ultimately Apple admitted it was a real problem and addressed it with hardware and software changes.
3) Calling the emperor on his clothes by pointing out that 'open' is a ruse, and making the competitors post silly and hypocritical 'rebuttals'.
Steve's constant reference "open" is merely a distraction; Google talks less about it than Jobs does. In reality, iOS growth rate has peaked or by some metrics begun to fall back, while Andoid's surged over the same six-month period by 886%. It's not about being "open", but being more open than completely closed and fully at the whims of one individual is apparently attractive to a great many developers, and in turn that has helped attract customers.
Best defense is a good offense. Go Steve.
The man is just high on his recovery drugs, others blinded by Stockholm Syndrome. Analysts are beginning to take note.