Originally Posted by AdonisSMU
I never said that. You did and you even sited failures like FireWire
FireWire might not be as ubiquitous as USB, but it's hardly a failure. Pick up all but some the most recent camcorders - they all have FireWire. USB was
a failure until Apple picked it up. I languished for two years while being ignored by the PC industry until it had legs from the success of the iMac.
Name me ONE thing the PC industry has pushed and has changed the way we use computers. Heck, even Dell being a major proponent of DisplayPort long before Apple didn't help it's adoption. But Apple did - now you can find PC only ATI video cards with four and five mini-display (gasp!) ports on them.
Apple has been the tail wagging the industry dog for decades. Now with the iPod and iOS, they are becoming the dog. There was a reason Tim Cooked spoke several minutes about Mac sales at the event to announce the new iPhone and iOS.
while trying to be snarky and sarcastic.
I wasn't trying, I was...
The point I was making is that some of the moves they make ala facetime seem to go against their end goal...
So now you know Apple's end goals? Care to share?
sometimes it seems as if it's deliberately to keep other vendors from trying to use their software.
Or how about them trying to prevent competitors from benefiting from Apple technology for free?
Frankly, I now no longer see the need for FaceTime on other platforms. With the 3G, iPod Touch and iPad its pretty easy to get to FaceTime. And the experience will be consistent every time
While it sounds trivial to just make FaceTime available on other platforms, it's not that simple. Ever tried to do video chatting with Skype? A total nghtmare compared to FaceTime.
When I use FaceTime with my friends and family, I don't have to worry about providing them technical support - or it even not working. I FaceTime them and if they answer it works every time
That's what Apple is selling. Not just FaceTime, but the whole enchilada.
So no, I no longer think they need to bring FaceTime to other platforms (nor do I think they intend to - they talked about opening up AirPlay, not FaceTime). It should be a differentiator for them, and part of that is the bundling of the hardware along with the FaceTime software. It' the experience overall, not just an app.