The Rise Of A Total Apple Monopoly

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by ixodes, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    Here's an article that may be of interest. Comments are encouraged.

    "We have always built and destroyed monopolies. Companies often start out good but slowly turn, for lack of a better word, evil. The twin dark stars of profit and market share bring even the kindest companies into a collision course with failure. I’d say Apple is headed down that road."
  2. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    An "Apple Monopoly" . . . that consumers are building for them. By choice.

    And a monopoly in what, exactly?

    Monopolies aren't evil. It's how you wield them that matters.

    Moreover, following the link you provided, what "Decline of Android"? :confused:
  3. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Apple is a long way from having a monopoly in any market in which they compete. Not even close.

    People need to look up the definition of monopoly before writing silly articles like this.
  4. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I think being wildly successful has changed Apple. I don't think those changes predict doom, though. Apple strikes me as a very strategic business now, whereas it used to have a low-key, nuanced feel, both in its culture and the way it approached products. I thought it was ironic that Phil Schiller would judge Instagram as having jumped the shark for expanding to Android. The big elephant in the room he was in when he wrote that is that Apple was a nearly bankrupt company kept survived by a niche group of cult-like users at one point. Apple in mindshare at that point existed mostly as a community of people extolling its features to anyone who would listen. And the way in which Apple exists now couldn't be any different. The very niche creative markets that saved Apple (and which Apple thanked in its Think Different ads) are the ones feeling disenfranchised. That original community has been replaced with the entire world. The bigger Apple has gotten the less interesting it has become. Its priorities have changed. Apple used to want to keep a hold on creatives and education. Now they want everyone. Not the computer for the rest of us. The computer for everyone. Even not so long ago, maybe in 2000 or so, I remember flying on a plane with an iBook. You actually were different back then using a Mac. Now that smartphones are starting to outsell feature phones, I'm on the tipping point, and may upgrade to an iPhone when the next one comes out (I've never had a "smart" phone before). But it's not special. It's not being part of a community. It's being part of the herd. I don't mean that in a bad way. It's just not a way that's as interesting to me as Apple and its products were in the past. It feels like it would be akin to subscribing to AOL back in the 90s. It's not bad. It's just not different.
  5. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Apple has a long looooooong way to go before it becomes a monopoly. The closest it has to that is in the tablet or music player markets. In desktop, mobiles, operating systems, laptops, etc, it has a lot of ground to cover.
  6. donga macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2005
    as long as apple keeps innovating, it will be in business for a long time.

    they keep making that money by having better tech at better prices (supply chain) than anyone else
  7. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Apple is nowhere near a monopoly. Yeah, quite a few people on this forum may have all their computing and phone needs catered for by Apple, but what about the rest of their home electronics?
  8. smoledman macrumors 68000

    Oct 17, 2011
    Hopefully Samsung and Nokia can cut Apple down to size.
  9. scott craft macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2011
    I hope Samsung and Nokia and Apple push each other to make better products for us. Samsung is making strides in the right direction.
  10. G51989 macrumors 68030


    Feb 25, 2012
    NYC NY/Pittsburgh PA
    Apple Monopoly? Not in the home computer market, or enterprise market. They have less than 6% of that , compared to Microsoft's 90%+
  11. smoledman macrumors 68000

    Oct 17, 2011
    The funny thing is Tim Cook wants the iPad to dominate the enterprise, but that's just the client consumption. What about all the infrastructure Tim?

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