Originally Posted by anantksundaram
I am with dasanman69
(ugh) on this one.
Just as it has with AppleTV, iPad, iPod, iPhone, iTunes, and Safari, it’s way past time for Apple to make its communication/networking offerings – e.g., FaceTime, iMessages, iCloud – platform-agnostic. Such products and services have even more value when users, especially Apple users, can communicate and network with more, rather then fewer, people. It's simply a question of positive network externalities.
Arguments to the contrary are, frankly, knee-jerk throwbacks, I am afraid.
(Btw, what do you mean by ‘dilutes’?)(Edited)
1) People buy
Apple's HW but they come for the OS and services that come only on Apple's HW. This is what Apple knew from the start. If they dilute their OS by giving away all these iOS and Mac OS X apps and services to other OSes to use then they are giving away the reasons to use iOS which means they are weakening the desire for customers to buy their HW.
Let's take an extreme example and say that Apple gives iOS away for free. The whole thing. What does Apple now sell besides great HW with software that is designed for the HW? Sure, you and I will buy it but there are plenty that will see that iOS on a $200 (or less) device would look pretty good. Does Apple then benefit from selling less HW but having increased OS and services marketshare? Where is the value for them?
As I stated at the beginning of the previous paragraph it was an extreme example, but I think this is how Apple thinks. I don't see them giving up the elements that make their iOS great which in turn sells their HW.
2) iCloud isn't platform-sgnostic as it has a web interface that can be accessed by any modern web browser (except ironically mobile Safari), and a Windows control panel app for syncing mail, contacts, calendars, tasks, bookmarks, and photos, but that goes back to WinPCs helping to sell more iDevices.
If Android gets big enough perhaps they will have to follow the same steps they took with Windows after the iPod came out because the Mac platform wasn't large enough. For instance, Apple desiring iWearables to capture more of the market than iOS would allow. If that happens I'd think it would be regulated to specifically capitalizing on those HW sales, not opening up very iOS service and to others that makes iOS unique and great.