We have a new evil empire!

Lets make no mistake about this peeps, THIS APPLE WIN WILL SERIOUSLY STIFLE INNOVATION!

Do lets cast our minds back to 2000-4, when Microsoft ruled the roost. Everybody that went up against Microsoft LOST: do the names Novell, Netscape, Lotus, RealNetworks and Sun ring a bell? Yup. They were all strong-armed by Microsoft.

Fast-forward 10 years, and we see a new evil empire, one that has over $40bn (make that $41bn after the lawsuit) and with dwindling market share, will do ANYTHING to protect its market share!

Another well kept secret is the totally unfair charges being levied by Apple for software sales on its app store, where they take a whopping 30% of the revenues made on software sales including magazine subscriptions! On the Android side, its less than 20%.

So what will happen going forward is this: all Android competitors (ACER, HTC, LG, LENOVO, TOSHIBA, ASUS etc), will simply avoid Apple. Once the evil empire decides its going to launch a 7-inch ipad for instance, the competition will simply leave the space for them… It is far better than getting sued for all your profits!

As we speak, all the Android vendors are scared because they all know what is coming next: a fullscale thermonuclear initiative against Android. Guess Google foresaw this which made them rush to buy up Motorola Mobility patents. But with this landmark precedent under Apple’s belt, anything that remotely resembles a touchscreen phone or tablet with icons and a swipe screen, is fair game.

So the sooner we all buy iPads and iPhones, the better!

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  1. “Do lets cast our minds back to 2000-4, when Microsoft ruled the roost. Everybody that went up against Microsoft LOST: do the names Novell, Netscape, Lotus, RealNetworks and Sun ring a bell? Yup. They were all strong-armed by Microsoft.”

    Hmmm. Microsoft was a monopoly in the PC space. Apple is not in the mobile space. Also, Apple isn’t the only one with patents. For example, Nokia, Microsoft and Google/Motorola have awesome war chests in terms of patents. Actually, Apple is the underdog in that list of mobile tech patent-holders.

    “Once the evil empire decides its going to launch a 7-inch ipad for instance, the competition will simply leave the space for them”

    Really?

    The competition didn’t leave the smartphone space for Apple, and have not left the 10-inch tablet space either. Exactly how did you arrive at this conclusion?

    This entire article is fundamentally flawed.

  2. The USA is not the world. Because Apple won in a California court does not mean the rest of the world will fall in line – Apple is a US company remember, and in the current economic climate one can only expect them to protect their interests. But then so is Google, but Samsung is not.

    Fine, let’s agree that Samsung may have infringed some of Apple’s designs, according to the US court. In South Korea the court didn’t agree with this, neither did a court in the UK. In other courts there have been mixed fortunes, success in some, and continuing litigation in others.

    Also, Samsung does not equate to Google nor Android. Just because Apple won this war with Samsung in the USA doesn’t mean it’s going “thermonuclear” on Android; that is one set of toes Apple would think very carefully before treading on, especially if it comes down to patents. The arguments used in the battle with Samsung can’t be the same with Google’s Android.

    But wanting to dominate? Yes, I think that’s what Apple wants to do but it isn’t going to happen. There is too much competition out there right now, unlike when Microsoft dominated the market in the 1990s. And guess what? They still dominate, way ahead of Apple.

  3. I tend to agree with Mr. Mobility on this. This article is deeply flawed for making too much presumptions and also for not following the various premises out properly to their logical conclusions. 

    First of all, you cannot equate Apple and Microsoft. The similarities isn’t congruent. Windows OS dominated the PC ecosystem 10 years ago. But that’s not the same with mobile OS of today. In fact Android is the dominant mobile. Such comparison is flawed. 

    Again, Samsung sells more smartphones than Apple. The mobile war is only reminiscent of the PC war of Yore if we substitute Microsoft with Google. Yes, it was Windows Vs Mac Ox and others. Needless to say the winner, Wimdows emerged on top and was a behemoth. Now, we have Google’s Amdroid on top, with almost 60% of market share and iOS coming second. Then the others (WP, BB, Bada, etc, are currently playing at the margins. 

    Apple is the most valuable company now, true. But when it comes to the actual mobile share, they are second to Android. 

  4. But wanting to dominate? Yes, I think that’s what Apple wants to do but it isn’t going to happen. There is too much competition out there right now, unlike when Microsoft dominated the market in the 1990s. And guess what? They still dominate, way ahead of Apple.

    Very much on point there. The only good thing for Apple is its dominance in profit margin which is unfortunately the essence of doing business in the first place, but this may gradually begin to follow a downward trend if both Android and Windows will continue to do well and if the USA will allow fair competition to succeed over Apple’s anti-competitive/monopolistic practices.

    If Apple’s excesses are not taken care of now, it is definitely going to be worse than Microsoft Monopoly on the desktop. At least, Microsoft controlled mainly the OS, browser and Office applications but even at that, it did so without being as high-handed as Apple.

    Now, Apple controls everything that runs on their devices, controls every media type consumed on the platform, controls the book industry, movie industry, music industry, game industry and also desiring to decide who will be in the Mobile Operating Systems/manufacturing industry and that is not enough monopoly? What could possibly be worse. I mean with all the major media industries under Apple’s control, what monopoly could be worse?

    Some schools in the USA are already discriminating on the type of mobile device pupils are allowed to tote in school and even when that is not the case, pupils still have no choice but to buy Apple’s devices since most of the electronic books etc are only available on the iOS platform. And mind you, this is not the case of Android platform not being lucrative to develop on, Apple forces these guys to only release their ebooks on its platform exclusively, using its dominance on the tablet device space. What monopoly could be worse than that?

  5. Apple is just a bully. They know they stand the chance of loosing market share in the future. I read a little survey by engadget. They went to retail outlets of mobile phones and learned younger people tend to buy androids while the older ones go for apple. Well, this is just in the US. At best buy for example, young buyers are interested in the freedom and adventure that Android offers.

  6. Valid comments, all. But we forget that Apple was not in the Mobile space just 5 years ago. Now they are effectively number 2 smartphone vendor in the US (android outsells iPhone IN TOTAL but per vendor, only Samsung is ahead). And their market share and influence is growing on a daily basis…. And yet we dispute that they are the next Evil Empire, taking over from Microsoft??

    Oh, to measure, Apple have just submitted a petition to BLOCK SALES OF ALL SAMSUNG ANDROID-POWERED MOBILE DEVICES a la SGS III, Gtab, and the Note… Please follow this link for full details… Apple Targets Galaxy S III. Needless to say, the US courts WILL BAN sales of all these Sansubg devices, coincidentally as the iPhone5 is being released.

    Oh, for the overall effect of the Bad Apple on the industry, i would enjoin that we read the fantastic article by Jon Evans at theclink below: One bad apple

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