There are quite a few silly articles written about Apple. Most, I leave alone, but some are so bad, they deserve a response. PC World has one of those articles today.
[ad#Google Adsense 300x250 in story] With a headline “Apple Is Getting Desperate in the Mobile Arena” PC World shows a complete lack of understanding of Apple, its tactics and it would seem, the mobile space.
Let’s take a closer look at the article and the assertions that are made about Apple and Google.
Here is what PC World started its argument with:
First is the company’s increasingly litigious attitude toward its competitors, fueling a hiring frenzy to beef up its legal team.
A “hiring frenzy” would seem to indicate that Apple all of a sudden found itself in a pile of crap that it didn’t know how to get out of. A bit of research would have shown that Apple has been suing companies for infringing its patents for many years. Apple is also the target of many lawsuits that it must defend itself.
There doesn’t appear to be an increase in the amount of lawsuits it’s filing, considering how large the company has grown in recent years. Remember the iMac copycats? Yeah, Apple sued them too.
Apple has a larger market cap than Microsoft and $20 billion in quarterly revenue. Is it really unreasonable that they would hire lawyers when patent infringement suits are on the horizon? No it’s not.
Then there’s the fact that Apple recently decided to ban an Android-focused magazine app from its App Store.
Seriously? That’s the best you’ve got? It’s Apple’s App Store, they can do what they want. If the publisher doesn’t like it, move on and focus on his other digital magazines.
It’s not like Apple is forcing him to publish for the iPhone and then denying him access.
Put it all together, and it’s clear Apple is more worried than ever about Android’s growing popularity.
Put all what together? They hired some lawyers and denied an app dedicated to Android customers? That’s what makes Apple desperate?
I hardly know what to say to that.
Of course, that fear is understandable. Android accounted for 25.5 percent of worldwide smartphone sales in the third quarter of 2010, according to a recent Gartner report…
First of all, you haven’t shown any fear from Apple.
Those are good numbers for Google, congratulations. I’m willing to bet that if Apple gave 2-for-1 sales of their devices like carriers are doing with Android, that its numbers would be better too.
You also have to remember that Apple’s iOS is from one manufacturer while Google has many manufacturers packaging its operating system.
I believe Apple’s iPhone is rapidly becoming a niche device. Its restrictions are too numerous, its approach too condescending, and its choices too few to have the broad appeal it needs to succeed on a grander scale in the long run. In short, Apple may always have its share of fans among consumers who don’t mind living in its “walled garden,” but there’s no way it can compete in the market as a whole with the diverse, compelling and powerful platform that is Android.
I actually laughed out loud when I read that. Really, I did.
In its fourth quarter earnings released in October, Apple reported selling 14.1 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 91 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter.
That was 91 percent GROWTH. Clearly, the iPhone isn’t selling very well at all. Most definitely becoming a niche device, right?
Apple is not just competing in the mobile space, it is defining the mobile market. The App Store, touchscreen, multitouch and smartphone design are being led by Apple. The company is innovating, the competitors are following.