Originally Posted by Firefly7475
If you only look at iPhone v1 perhaps.
You need to look at the difference between iPhone v1 and iPhone v4. Without any competition they wouldn't have pushed the platform as far and as quickly.
Same goes for the iPad.
For the iPhone that is a guess, not actual knowledge. Only Apple know what they would have done with the iPhone if there had been no competition.
And the iPad? It is unchanged since its introduction. The iOS has indeed been updated (once really) but again, we don't know its alternate development path if there had been no competition. We can speculate all we like, but again, only Apple know.
And what about the iPod touch? Ist, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation evolution and as far as I'm aware (and I may well be mistaken) I'm not aware that there is any competition to a small, WiFi enabled, browser, mail and plenty of other apps equipped, music playing, camera carrying touch screen device that is not a phone ...