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05.30.13

Linux/Android is Crushing Apple

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, Google, Patents at 8:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Crushing tablets

Summary: Apple is running out of ideas in the long fight against Android — a fight which it is now trying to wage using patent monopolies

More and more Apple ‘fans’ whom I know are turning to Android. I saw another example of it earlier this week. Conversions the other way around must be rare and I never saw any. Apple knew why it was suing HTC in 2010 and now that demand for iStuff decreases, Apple is left with nothing to show but hype and tax evasion. Slashdot put it like this: “Apple traditionally has big product announcements in the early spring, so around February both the mainstream press and the tech blogs began to circulate their favorite rumors (the iWatch, iTV). They also announced the date of the next Apple event, which this year was in March — except it didn’t happen. ‘Reliable sources’ then confirmed it would be in April, then May and then — nothing. In withdrawal and with a notoriously secretive Apple offering no relief the tech journalists started to get cranky. The end result is a rash of petulant stories that insist Apple is desperate for new products, in trouble (with $150 billion dollars in the bank, I should be in such trouble) and in decline. The only ones
desperate seem to be editors addicted to traffic-generating Apple announcements. Good news is on the horizon, though, as the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference starts June 10th.”

“This is a great example of how patents ruin the market and impede competition.”Samsung is complaining about Apple’s ITC complaint, alleging that Apple is lying in a desperate attempt to block Android phones which by far outsell iPhone. This is a great example of how patents ruin the market and impede competition.

Don’t expect lawyers’ sites to point this out though. Instead, they give a platform to career clowns like David Kappos — people who sell the idea that protectionism is a good thing.

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2 Comments

  1. lozz said,

    May 31, 2013 at 10:30 am

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    Apple was always far too much of a one-man band to ever successfully out-live Jobs.

    When he left, the company promptly lost its way until he finally returned. Jobs could always successfully paper over the cracks in the philosophy of the walled-in system.

    Lesser men will always fail to accomplish this and they are.

    The patent battle against Android has fully exposed the sheer venality of Apple’s underpinnings to the public’s attention for the first time and there has been a general loss of respect for the company that Job’s probably wouldn’t have permitted to continue, as it has.

    Jobs managed to go out on a high. Apple should be so lucky.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Some people still choose Apple, but I think the inertia is gone. Today I saw a survey of platforms saying Android would dominate tablets soon (at Apple’s expense).

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