Originally Posted by philipm
Yes, suck profits from the competition.
When does Apple get big enough to be subject to anti-trust? Maybe they will let Microsoft live just so they can dodge that bullet.
you keep using that word, I don't think it means what you think it means.
Microsoft is a very poor example. Samsung is the primary competitor of Apple. It sells more phones than apple, so why is Apple too big?
the smallest company in the world can be subject to anti-trust.
If you're free market capitalism, 'sucking profits from the competition' is called 'rules of the game'
causing a competitor to leave a market due to their inability to attract a profitable customer base is not 'too big' it's 'better product and production'
Apple is not forming an anti-competitive Trust because
- it doesn't force anyone to 'join apple' to get into the markets that apple and it's partners control.
- it doesn't force customers to use Apple (free market), and it doesn't require anyone to sell Apple
- it doesn't use it's iOS monopoly to force any partner to favor the apple relationship.
- it hasn't entered into any agreements with anyone to make Apple product's exclusive.
- it hasn't used control in one arena to drive out competition in another, but leveraging partners in an anti-competitive nature
In short, there is no barrier to admission into the mobile market. Build a better OS, a better device, and a better supply chain, a better set of apps, and the world will beat a path to your door. Apple is making 20-30% on each device... surely you can come in under that. If not, well then, you're not built to compete, and therefore should be crushed like the ill-fitted beaked finch in Darwin's ecosystem.