Populism vs. Apple

Lots of words could be written about how various Apple competitors try to rouse populist sentiment against Apple for their own benefit. Instead, let’s let images of three such campaigns speak for themselves.

realnetworks

nokia

paypal

Not much changes. Such faux indignation, for the gullible. So few benefits, in the annals.

 

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2 thoughts on “Populism vs. Apple

  1. I remember the cat-and-mouse game RealNetworks played with syncing MP3 players to iTunes in the early years of the Millenium; Palm then briefly tried the same game in the early smartphone years with their webOS devices (Pre) and iTunes.

    In view of the decision to limit access of the Apple Pay API’s to 1st party partners, i.e. the banks, credit merchants and possibly retailers, I see no such possibilities opening up for PayPal or Square in the near or foreseeable future.

    • You would think that they would know better than to just react and say something stupid when they suddenly realize that they’ve missed the boat and are totally screwed. I guess it’s just human nature.

      Apple moves very slowly and very methodically, putting the various pieces in place as they go. They don’t always get it right (MobileMe?), but once they decide to go a particular direction, the amount of mass and firepower that they bring to the table is quite substantial prior to anyone actually realizing that they are at the table. At that point, most other players either become niche players or roadkill.

      They get more powerful and more skillful at each round of the game. I’m sure that they are not impossible to compete with, but most companies seem to deny the possibility of having to compete with Apple until they’re no longer in a position to compete with them.

      I recently worked for a company that is part of one of the ‘competing’ NFC consortiums. Whenever I would ask what their plan was for dealing with when Apple entered this market, they would just look at me like I was from another planet. It was clear that it was either too horrible a thought, or that they just didn’t consider it a relevant consideration. I suspect that this particular consortium will not exist in a year or two. At least they didn’t put out full-page ads saying something blatantly stupid! :)

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