I am a fan of apple.. I got a macbook and iphones since the original one. I love to see them succeed but when people defy logic it annoys and irritates me.
to your points. Yes cars, seriously. Almost everyone agrees that regulatory hurdles will drag implementation of the technology (that already exists) further down the road. Almost everyone agrees that we will see a 90%-100% driverless car within 10 years from now. Your example with the F1 car is irrelevant. These cars will drive on the road infrastructure that already exist. Its the technology that google (and others) is building that will allow this. And I bet they would love to lease it to all car manufacturers when the time comes.
and robotics. from what I read Google plans to revolutionalize factories. So instead of thousand chinese workers assembling phones at Foxtron, there will be robot factories - possibly in the US- assembling them 24/7. And I get those robots wont be jumping from any buildings either.
I totally agree with you on your 2nd to last paragraph about apples success.
On your last paragraph you say "Why the hell would anyone want them to start doing stuff with cars or something? That's not their business.".. well it wasnt their business making phones prior to 2007 and now look what happened. I think you must wrote this without thinking. I dont think you believe that Apple should not venture into other markets. I think they are obliged to. Hell yes I would love to see them make tesla like cars. If not Apple with their powerful resources and the zillions in the bank then who?
1. Do you actually drive? Driverless cars will (do) exist. That has NOTHING to do with whether or not (in this case, not) they will be allowed on public roads. My point about F1 was that just because something can be created, and just because something can be bought, has nothing to do with whether or not you can drive it on a public road.
2. Factories have been mechanized for decades. Some things, however, robots are not well-suited to. And you do realize that your "maybe in America" statement makes absolutely no sense, right? If they are all robots doing the work, who gives a damn? That doesn't create jobs.
3. The iPhone is technological hardware. You know, with a screen, a processor, memory, storage, etc. The only difference between an iPhone and, say, a MacBook Pro is the iPhone is smaller and it makes phone calls by connecting to cellular network. The iPhone was totally in Apple's wheelhouse, because it is tech hardware -- you know, the business that Apple's involved in?
Cars, otoh, are not in any way part of their business. Ford was incorporated in 1903. Why not leave automobiles to the people who have been making them for over a century?
I mean, should Apple start making refrigerators too? What about golf clubs? Maybe they should design lingerie and compete with VS?