Doug Vining A number of issues

The iPhone operating system is known as "iPhone OS, known as OS X iPhone in its early history, the operating system developed by Apple Inc. for the iPhone and iPod touch." There's no such thing as iOS.
Posted: 27 October 2009 at 00:00

Wolfgang Grulke RE: A number of issues

You say "There's no such thing as iOS" - remember that this is 2012, it does exist, it has 85% market share!

The point of this MindBullet is APPLE OPENED UP ITS SOFTWARE TO OTHER HARDWARE PLATFORMS! Don't you think that is an 'earth-shattering' business implication?

Many of the mobile phone hardware vendors are struggling and this could be a vital coup for Apple to dominate future markets - profits on the hardware platform will not always be there for Apple either! Remember they made this mistake before and are unlikely to do so again - one hopes.
Posted: 28 October 2009 at 00:00

Doug Vining RE: RE: A number of issues

I agree that the Open iPhone OS is the big story. With 85% market share they are unlikely to drop the iPhone moniker in two years. Microsoft are already calling their latest mobile offering Windows Phone. Maybe Apple will call theirs iPhone OSfree, but I doubt it!
Posted: 28 October 2009 at 00:00

Doug Vining RE: A number of issues

Well blow me down! Apple has renamed its system iOS : "Formerly known as iPhone OS 4, iOS 4 included patches for.."
Wolfgang, you must be clairvoyant!
Posted: 23 June 2010 at 13:00

Doug Vining Steve Jobs planning spam?

A recent patent filing by Apple reveals a method of including ADVERTISING that can't be skipped in all digital content distributed to their devices.
Posted: 19 November 2009 at 06:40

Wolfgang Grulke Newsweek thinking along the same lines...

Read this article by Daniel Lyons (published on 30 November, a few weeks after our MindBullet) and you will see a great synchronicity of thought patterns!
Posted: 28 November 2009 at 03:03

Doug Vining Lessons Apple could learn...

10 OS lessons Apple could learn from Microsoft
ITWeb - 11 Dec 2009
"Now that Apple's battle with Psystar is coming to a close, an important realisation has emerged: Apple believes that its operating system, Mac OS X, is the foundation of its intellectual property..."
Posted: 11 December 2009 at 17:28

Doug Vining Openess and freedom

This article in the Financial Times looks at the heart of the culture shift:
A fight over freedom at Apple’s core
By Jonathan Zittrain
Posted: 5 February 2010 at 10:03

Doug Vining The war for the mobile market

Posted: 15 August 2010 at 19:46

Wolfgang Grulke Is this Apple's 'Perfect Storm'?

These spectacular results seem to engender a little sense of Deja vu - reminding me of the time in the early 1990s when IBM's results went from the biggest profit in business history to its biggest loss in just one year.
Just think of these forces acting around Apple's success: Job's health (even a genius does not live forever), the success of Android smart phones (outselling iPhone for the first time), the ongoing ego battle between Apple and Adobe (still no Flash support on iPad and iPhone) and concerns over what might be Apple's 'Next Big Thing' (and who might inspire it).
Watch this storm develop!
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Posted: 19 January 2011 at 10:50

Wolfgang Grulke Is this Apple's 'Perfect Storm'?

With these latest developments Apple appears to be building a bigger and bigger firewall around its own products. If they don't achieve the 'total domination' of the user interface, then these latest moves may well precipitate the 'perfect storm' of user reaction! Let's see what happens next.
Posted: 12 June 2012 at 10:00

Wolfgang Grulke Is this Apple's 'Perfect Storm'?

With this latest move (see link below) Apple is continuing its efforts to build ever more firewalls around its own products. What is it about 'openness' that they don't understand? If they do not succeed in dominating the user interface, perhaps negative user reaction to such isolationist behaviour could precipitate a 'perfect storm' for Apple?
Posted: 12 June 2012 at 10:05

Doug Vining Is this Apple's 'Perfect Storm'?

Apple is becoming more and more like the IBM they attacked in "1984".

But for me the battle of the maps is very interesting. Google Maps on the iPhone doesn't give voice guided navigation which is an obvious flaw - you should be able to ask Siri to direct you somewhere! So now Apple is giving you TomTom for free, while Android has Google maps with voice, and Windows Phone has Nokia Maps with voice which are very good, also free, with downloads for offline use. The big loser in all this is Garmin, who used to dominate personal navigation, and now is stuck with BlackBerry and their own devices. Garmin's new apps for iPhone are trying to replicate the service, but are not compatible with Garmin maps on a laptop!

If Apple's new Maps app is the equivalent of TomTom but for free, I will happily use it. I just hope Siri understands where Kyalami is!
Posted: 12 June 2012 at 11:01

Claire Bellmonte Is this Apple's 'Perfect Storm'?

Apple made a market-changing decision to allow a new iPhone operating platform, iOS which supported only the apple application store.
Posted: 8 August 2018 at 11:13

Anton Musgrave How the mighty fall?

As Apple steams ahead in teh global biggest company stakes, one cant help but ask ' will the mighty fall?' So often market leaders, for a host of reasons, seem to hit maturity and then slide into oblivion. Is it hubris, arrogance, size or organizational bureaucracy that stifles the very growth that elevated their position in the market in the first place?

Will Apple succeed with its 'walled garden' strategy in an increasingly open and collaborative world? Will it continue to dominate the tablet war and will it be able to grow its share of the smart phone market ahead of Android? Can Apple survive its leader and master? It has all the opportunities open to it but can it think and execute with agility, embrace new ways of doing business and appeal to the customers of the future?

I for one hope so but the future of Apple will be fascinating to observe.
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Posted: 9 August 2011 at 22:28

Wolfgang Grulke RE: How the mighty fall?

Those old enough to remember will recall that Jobs was fired from Apple in 1985 as the company lost its way and Microsoft-powered PC clones (an inadvertently 'open' architecture) destined to dominate the market.

When he returned to the company in 1997, the troubled Apple was worth just $2b. As the US markets recoiled last week Apple reached a market cap of $337b. A huge tick and star for Jobs!

But has anything been learned? Apple is still a walled garden and the 1985 scenario is starting to happen again....the iPhone is being overtaken by a new 'open' operating system, the hugely successful iPad has more than 20 me-too competitors, some even rated higher, and they are open to Flash, Java and others that have been excluded from the Apple universe because of Jobs' personal vendettas.

Effcetively,if you buy into the Apple universe you agree not to access billions of bits of information that just happen to use 'walled off' technologies. This is NOT what the internet and mobile universe was supposed to be all about.
Posted: 10 August 2011 at 10:19

Anton Musgrave How the mighty fall?

And so we wonder...Could Apple be worth $1 trillion! Cant be...but what IF it was true?? See this logic..fascinating!
Posted: 10 August 2011 at 14:09

Neil Jacobsohn How the mighty fall?

And look at what the market is starting to say about another walled garden - the Blackberry.
Posted: 10 August 2011 at 14:30

Doug Vining How the mighty fall?

There is another perspective to this action against Samsung - Apple buys a lot of components form Samsung and may be seeking to increase their leverage at the bargaining table.

This may also be seen as bullying by a monopolistic 'big brother' who can't compete in an open environment. There could be a backlash, as the market sentiment often favours the underdog. Perhaps Apple is getting a taste for hubris that will be their ultimate downfall?
Posted: 11 August 2011 at 10:25

Anton Musgrave Open Innovation...end of Patents?

Are we seeing the beginning of the end of patent protection and will its demise trigger a burst of new innovation? Powerful and fascinating perspectives on the future of protecting new ideas and how this institution is retarding new ideas seeing the light of day.
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Posted: 1 October 2012 at 21:42

Doug Vining Apple heading for commoditisation

For the first time, Apple is giving away operating systems for free. Mind you, although you can install OSX on generic hardware, Apple will not license it for use on a non-Apple laptop.

Also in the announcement was free office software that appears to compete with Microsoft and Google. This is definitely an attempt by Apple to become more entrenched in the corporate market. Microsoft established its dominance in PC software by allowing its systems to run on any compatible hardware. Google gained a foothold with individual users with free cloud services like Gmail and Google Docs.

Apple is still trying to tie people into their closed eco-system. By giving away the software and some services for free, they hope to gain more loyal hardware users. Didn't Sun try that in the server market? Perhaps Apple has recognised that operating systems, like browsers, have become commoditised and they are eating their own lunch, before someone else does.

I wonder if they will ever open their systems up to all comers, as suggested in this MindBullet? The real unseen competitor is not Microsoft or Google, it's Amazon.
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Posted: 23 October 2013 at 10:18
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