Apple is facing market pressure on a number of fronts and after years of steady growth, they are finding it's harder to sustain than it once was as margins shrink and competition grows. That means they have to start innovating again, and fast.
What do Google, Microsoft, Samsung and Amazon all have in common? They are trying to emulate Apple's successful software-hardware integration strategy -- but do these competitors have the chops to pull it off?
Last quarter, HP, the largest PC maker in the world sold 15m PCs. Apple sold 23m iPads. The age of tablets is upon us, people and as the tablet ascends, we will see more of them and the PC will begin to play a lesser (although still significant) computing role.
Competitors face an uphill battle when it comes to catching Apple and Google in the smartphone market because consumers want phones with a rich choice of apps and developers devote their resources to the most popular platforms. It's going to prove a difficult cycle for smart phone competitors to break.
As Microsoft struggles to stay relevant, squeezed between the iPad on one side and Chromebook on the other, sales of Windows 8 devices are grim -- and if you're an IT pro looking to the future, it's worth noting that there are alternatives now.
It's clear iOS and Android rule the roost among developers today, but there are number of promising alternatives on the way or already here including a maturing HTML5 standard and several open source offerings. I run down the options with Telerik's Todd Anglin in my latest CITEworld post.
Microsoft and BlackBerry face a a paradox. They can't really attract developers in large numbers away from iOS and Android without a critical mass of phones -- and phone buyers tend to stay away from phones without a vibrant app store. It's a stalemate that's going to be tough to break.
Up until recently a Minnesota teaching hospital was tracking physician training progress in a bedside ultrasound program using 5x7 index cards and an Excel spreadsheet. They moved to an iPhone app last year. You can guess which system works better.