1. Apple doesn’t do social well on a large scale. Ping? Game Center? Please. Social applications don’t seem to be in Apple’s DNA…their best applications are still single-player or 2/3/4-player.
Well, this is ironic given the series of videos I just posted today.
Everything he cites as a weakness is something Apple could easily overcome. To conflate Apple’s interests with Steve Jobs’ interests does the company a disservice. Some efforts might be limited simply because the product managers lack the talent, or imagination, or necessary passion. Like any company, Apple is vulnerable to management sclerosis. But that’s not an incurable disease.
The one thing I would have added to that list is books. I’m surprised it’s missing. But do I think just because Apple is rotten at books now that it will always be? No. I think Apple will be the majority — and last — outlet for ePub and will essentially hijack the standard until it replaces it with its own proprietary book creation framework (which will be so drop-dead simple, even writers can use it). It’s ultimate aim? “Books Better Than You Can Get From Amazon.”
I wouldn’t look to Amazon as a competitor. I agree with James Kendrick. An Amazon tablet will basically be geared to selling people stuff. Hell, they might as well call it the Amazon Ticket, to give people the impression they’re part of an exclusive club!
The only real competitor is HP with webOS. If there isn’t real use innovation there, Apple will remain on top, all other tablets will collapse, and there will indeed be only an “iPad market.”