Colleague and friend Barbara Marie Brannan points out Apple’s problem competing against free products, and how the company manages to overcome the so-called deficit:
Even more disruptive than Apple’s long list of market successes is the damage to traditional industries thanks to the advent of free products. Linux is a free operating system copied from Unix. Android OS, built on Linux, is a free smartphone and tablet operating system that competes against Apple’s iOS. How does a company that sells products manage to be successful against free competitors?
Here’s an interesting perspective on Apple’s so-called troubles and the popular doomed meme which prevails among technology journalists. Free doesn’t make much money. Google’s apps and search engine services are free to use, but it’s advertising which pays the freight. It’s a different business model; successful for Google; but nobody else.
Where does Apple profit?
Apple which dominates profitability at every corner; Macs vs. PCs, iPhones vs. Android-based smartphones, iPads vs. Android-based tablets, Apple Watch vs. the entire watch industry, and more– Apple TV, iTunes Music Store, both iOS and Mac App Stores, retail stores… you get the idea, right?
Yes. Apple is doomed.