Throughout its history in the electronics field Apple has always been known for controlling every aspect of its hardware and software production for its devices, to much criticism from the so-called tech pundits. This lead to massive success at first, but as Windows was proliferated to many different types of hardware in the 90s Apple's power began to wane, that is until 2001, when they introduced their game changer the iPod. Within two years time people didn't bother saying MP3 player, they just said iPod. Since then Apple has taken their model to a whole new level and introduced the IPhone and IPad both of which have dominated their respective fields. In the past 5 years Google has really tried to give Apple a run for their money, creating their own mobile software, and their own line of notebooks (Chromebooks), the latter being less successful. Apple is still on top of the Tablet and phone markets arguably, and with their newest iOS and OSX releases, they appear poised to increase their hold on the market even more. (Full Disclaimer, i own a Macbook, iPad, and iPhone) In the status quo with the full integration of ICloud between your respective Apple devices, Apple may have achieved something that only they could have achieved through their hardware and software production model. Assuming someone wants to own a Computer, Tablet, and Smartphone and they have to choose between Apple and Google let's look at their devices. Yes, they could go with the Chromebook route, however, many people have 3 main objections to Chrome books, surrounding, security, compatibility, and utility. So lets assume they buy a Windows PC, an Asus tablet and a Samsung phone, (arguably the best Android tablets and smartphones out there): Wouldn't people rather buy an Apple Computer, an iPad, and an iPhone, so that all of their data is so tightly integrated. With the new OSX you can send messages from your desktop to your phones contacts, and all other sorts of stuff that integrates your three devices. IMO their is no other option for people to look to who want the full integration, and I feel like this fiscal year is when Apple will see the fruits of their model pay off handsomely. People will realize, yes Macs are more expensive, but they have higher customer satisfaction than comparable laptops, and they have higher battery life than comparable laptops, and there really is no comparable laptop to the MacBook Pro with retina display. The iPhone 5 needs to be somewhat of a game changer to facilitate this dominance, and the new iPad needs to really boost the specs. People want everything fast and integrated, and the idea that I can plug my phone into the wall across the room and continue the same text conversations via my laptop is really appealing. What are your thoughts on this topic?
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I think you're point about an Asian company is a really good one. Asia will dominate the 2nd half of this century in the technology field.
Tight integration isn't that appealing to me. My phone is more or less a Phone/Twitter/Maps machine. As long as it does that, I'm pretty happy. What I want is something that will last long term, and something I can customize.
Apple appeals to a specific market, and they will continue to do so much in the way that semi trucks, motorcycles and cars are all vehicles but cant really be ranked by best to worst as they appeal to different needs.