Originally Posted by anthropic
The truth of the article in my experience is that Apple has tried to maximise profit by spoon-feeding features to the market for far too long, because they know Apple fanboys will buy each new version even if there is almost no real difference in it except maybe a new front facing camera or an extra few megapixels.
Eyes on the prize. The prize is always to make money. It's not to have the largest marketshare, though that has a strong correlation.
Google's business model with Android is to give away the software, enabling large marketshare w/Google service use, and make money from search, web advertising. This business model commoditizes hardware and software. It is the antithesis of Apple's business model.
Apple will not sacrifice profits for marketshare, and they will try to maintain their premium vendor status and lower marketshare numbers. They've already moved to the next big thing with the iPad. In another few years, they will try to find another or define another emerging profit center.
And the "fanboy" talk is stupid. You don't sell 10m to 20m handsets a quarter to fanboys. They sell a premium product that masses of people want to have. I wish people would stop the troll-language.
Lastly, Google has not given an accounting on how much money they are making with Android.
I love Apple laptops, but the iPhone just isn't as good as some of the Android phones now, so unless they can find a way to innovate massively with iPhone 5 they will continue to lose market share and potential profit. I traded in my iPhone 4 for a Samsung Galaxy S2 and frankly it is a far superior phone, all the iPhone apps I used are on Android, it's got a bigger screen, it's faster, more configurable and just easier to work with.
Good for you.
Seriously it is THAT much better, you should really take a look after the iPhone 5 comes out and actually ask yourself which is truly the better device. I'd be surprised if iPhone 5 is as good as Samsung Galaxy S2 when it gets the next version of Android.
Yes, the iPhone 5 will be just as good if not better than the Galaxy S2. There's nothing magical about this. The SGS2 is an early cycle phone using 2011 hardware (dual-core Cortex-A9, 2011 display, RAM, storage, etc). The iPhone 4 is now a late cycle phone using 2010 hardware. When Apple ships the iPhone 5, it will be using 2011 hardware, and be at parity or better than the SGS2.
iPhone 5 with iOS 5 and iCloud will be just as good or better than the SGS2 with ICS, and they'll be in direct competition for about 9 months if the iPhone 5 is shipped in September.
Now I know some of you will get really mad and have a fit over what I wrote but let me just ask you to take a few deep breaths and really think for a minute about what it is that got you upset? It's just an opinion based on experience in words on a screen. Nothing to get worked up about.
Nothing to get upset about. It's the eventuality of the business models. Apple is looking for profits through hardware sales and fat margins on them. Google is looking for profits through advertising space and fat margins on them. It's hard to beat "free", and Apple wasn't going to have dominant marketshare at all with their premium market strategy.