Remember Antennagate? The iPhone 4 was much beloved by tens of millions of Apple customers, but the company needed to sit down and explain how cell phone antennas worked on smartphones to quell the tech media pundit uprising over the iPhone’s very sensitive reception.
Remember Mapsgate? It should be obvious that most iPhone 5 customers don’t have a problem with Apple’s new and not-quite-ready-for-primetime Maps app, but tech media pundits are having a field day displaying visual errors in mapping (show me a maps app without errors, please).
In the past year or two Apple has been accused of becoming a patent bully, a patent thief, a child labor advocate, and doomed. Again. We’ve been treated to opinions on how Steve Jobs would be handling Apple vs. how CEO Tim Cook is handling Apple (I can’t see much difference– yet).
In recent years, Apple’s friend, Google, has become the enemy as the search giant has designs on becoming a purveyor of disruption. In recent years, Apple’s chip supplier, Samsung, has become the enemy as the electronics maker thinks it can compete with Apple’s panache.
Despite all these public laundry items blowing in the wind, Apple does one thing that all those competitors put together have failed to do.
Who is losing money these days? Google’s Motorola. Nokia. Microsoft Windows Phone. And nearly every other handheld device maker with the exception of Samsung. Even Apple’s soon-to-be-former chip supplier doesn’t make as much as Apple in smartphones, what with Apple chalking up about 80-percent of the world’s smartphone profits.
Among PC makers, who makes more money than Apple’s Mac line? Nobody.
Even hapless Samsung’s attempts to copy Apple will have a huge impact on the company’s bottom line as Apple moves tens of billions in chip purchases to other manufacturers. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Obviously, Apple doesn’t want to fund such a crass, crudely inept, values-deprived competitor.
How long can all of Apple’s competitors continue to fight for third place (let me concede the distant second place to Samsung– at least they make some profit in handheld devices).
Third place might as well be last place. HP has no presence in phones or tablets. Dell has no presence in phones or tablets. Google’s Motorola purchase has been a disaster only dwarfed by the company’s reckless abandon to disrupt the smartphone arena with Android OS (which has only lost money).
Also on the losing end of the stick are Microsoft and their new buddy, Nokia. The former has yet to ship a competitive smartphone or tablet despite multiple presentations of the latter, and horribly anemic sales for the former. On the other hand, Nokia was caught falsifying photos and videos in advertising, and decided to tell customers that their key form of differentiation in the new Nokia Lumia line is color (while the company can no longer afford to live in their world headquarters).
Who did I forget? RIM and BlackBerry. Add them to the floating flotsam of rubble behind Apple’s wake as the company sucks the lion’s share of profits from the post-PC era.