Originally Posted by digitalclips
Every Android fan I meet is a hard core PC user and Apple hater ... I am actually beginning to feel pity for these people. They simply wouldn't admit Apple can do anything good if their life depended on it. They simply repeat "Apple's walled garden will ensure its failure" over and over!
Meanwhile, the news today that about half of all iPad 2 purchases were first time buyers gave me a sense of the future.
and this too. Spot on!
That's what's hilarious about the Android arguments - they are almost always made by geeks, who, going forward are not what the next expansion of computing is about. My 70+ year old father who for the first time is using email, the web and, heaven help me - Facebook! - on his iPad are the future.
I don't think Android is going anywhere, nor do I wish it any ill will (or Windows, Linux or other technologies). But the days of Apple being a minority player are definitely over. Actually, they were never over - their influence over personal computing has always been there - even if indirectly. It's just that with iOS, they are really
reaping the benefits of their technological and user focused
For Apple competitors that don't get this:
They really need to go back and understand it. This is Apple's biggest innovation. It's not just marketing, it really is a philosophy. Just like the App Store review process. Why do so many other companies have heartburn doing something similar? It might offend the developers! Really? Who exactly is the the real customer for these companies? The developers?
Such fundamental mis-focuses by pretty much all of Apple's competitors explains why they continue to totally miss the mark when competing with Apple.
The only company that was even reasonably close at positioning themselves to compete with Apple was HP with their acquisition of Palm and WebOS. But it's becoming more apparent that Mark Hurd was the driving force behind that, and without him at HP any more HP appears to be letting WebOS flounder in the bureaucracy of yet another large company.
I don't know of any other company that has the nimbleness or culture to directly compete with Apple. Maybe Oracle will buy HP in a few years and Hurd will get another chance