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Apple time, again…

11 Aug

In my first blog post at my new location, I asked the simple question, Is Apple getting too big?

I had the usual suspects on both sides of the argument, but the common thread from the comments and the comments on G+ was that Apple is not yet a monopoly and the “we will have to watch them,” but hey, they make great products!  (that’s another topic for another day)

However, today another great article was written about Apple maybe being able to STOP all tablets with the injunction they got with Samsung.

Apple Article from ZDNet.

Will this threat raise the warning bells of the Apple fanboys/fangirls that Apple may not be as open to competition as other large corporations (Microsoft)?

Look, I’ve always stated that I would guess that Bill Gates put up against any of the titans of the day, none of them would be as open to competition has he was, and he was not that open, and tried to own the market.  But, think about people like Scott McNealy, Larry Ellison, or Steve Jobs and I personally believe that they would have been 1000% more restrictive and vindictive to competition as compared to Bill Gates.  For the record, I don’t have a problem with any of them protecting their business and trying to build it bigger and stronger.  In the case of all these business guys, I believe they believe the quote from: “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” – “Ricky Bobby: If you ain’t first, you’re last. You know, you know what I’m talking about?”

Sometimes I just have wondered out loud, if it would have been different, if a different person was in Bill Gates shoes.

Steve Jobs has already won the argument that you can’t copy his computer hardware, ask Franklin about that.  They are now trying to get into skimming off of every transaction done on an i-device that uses a native app (are regular apples far behind?).  And, now, they may be trying to kill the competition on the tablets…  hmmm, makes me wonder…

Is Apple getting too big?

Mike

More to come…

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5 Comments

Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Opinion

 

5 responses to “Apple time, again…

  1. Michael Thuma

    August 11, 2011 at 4:28 am

    It is not wise underestimate Samsung…. I think these decades question is too. Is Samsung getting to big for Apple. Not only because of the tabs that have been in the news currently.

    Mike I know you like tech stuff … have a look. Maybe you already know …
    http://www.gesture-cube.com/.

     
    • Michael Thuma

      August 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      Sry, I think this decade’s question is too. No coffee in the morning.

       
  2. AlisdairM

    August 11, 2011 at 7:56 am

    The key difference between MS monopolistic behavior and Apple is that Apple control what you do as competitors on their own hardware, MS were dictating what you could do with 3rd party hardware. We are a long way from Apple dominating the PC hardware market for that to be an immediate concern, the tablet market may be a different story – especially as Apple are now so keen to use patents to enforce a legislated monopoly. The bigger danger I see, long term, is if Apple start to push all our consumer data into the iCloud. Once Apple control access to all your personal photographs, music collection, and other data, the vendor lock-in is complete in a quite insidious way. The current pricing of iCloud suggests that won’t happen for a while – but the sweeteners of additional free space if you buy all your entertainment through the iStores are an inducement in that direction.

     
  3. steeltoad

    August 11, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I’m a pc guy, but I got an iPad to see what it was like, it’s a fantastic device with a nice processor and an incredible display & touch response. There are things that my pc cant do, and there are things that the iPad cant do. Most of the things my pc cant do are because of technological reasons, most of the things the iPad cant do is because Apple doesn’t allow it.

     
  4. DeBac

    August 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    In markets where the Apple products aren’t the undisputed number one, they collaborate with others (as seen by the Nortel Patents deal). In other business fields like tablets where Apple products the best sellers they try to do their own thing and punch all rising stars that could compete with Apple.
    Some years ago, software concerns fought their fights with new features and lower prices, today they fight in front of federal judges.

     

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