There is no money in making commodity hardware when everyone is competing on price. The PC market is the same way. The Chinese Android manufacturers are making money on services. The
Yes because switching to Android has led to nothing but riches for HTC, Motorola, LG, Sony, etc.
The only Android company making any money is Samsung and their profit is declining.
"Mighty Apple" was never trying to dislodge Google maps on non-IOS devices. Which should be obvious given the fact that there is no Android version of Apple maps.
Even mighty Apple could not dislodge the king of the hill of the map Google maps.
Apple already has "dislodged" Google Maps on Apple devices....
"At WWDC last week Apple announced that it receives 5 billion requests per week for its mapping services and that Apple Maps is used 3.5 times more frequently than âoethe next leading maps appââ"i.e. Google Maps."
You consider syncing 10x faster, smaller, better battery life, and more durable only "slightly better"?
As far as the windows virus barely making the news...search Google with the terms "iPod windows virus".
Words Mean Things.
I said fragile laptop hard drives - 2.5 inch hard drives were much more fragile and more clunky than the 1.8 inch hard drives.
IPods never used USB*1* or parallel ports.
There is a difference between not being first and not being innovative....
Before the iPod, all MP3 players were either big and clunky, and used fragile laptop hard drives, had slow interfaces to computers (parallel ports, USB1) or were low capacity.
Before iTunes, most of the music stores had weird and complex music licensing rights - even Bill Gates was amazed at the lax licensing that Apple was able to negotiate.
Before the iPhone -- the smart phone market was made up of glorified pagers (BlackBerrys), shrunk windows PCs (Windows Mobile) and Symbian.
Before the iPhone most customers were at the mercy of the carriers who decided when you could update your phone and no manufacturer stood behind their phones for up to four years after you bought it ---my bad things still haven't changed for Android users.
Before the iPad you had over a decade of clunky MS tablet failures.
Why would you distinguish between Desktop and Mobile? 99% of desktop functionality COULD be duplicated on mobile save a few things.
What could possibly go wrong if you tried to duplicate desktop functionality on a phone?
You don't get decide whether OS x is Unix. The Open Group decides what is and is not Unix. OS X is certified Unix.
You really think the trademark only covers UNIX and that a none certified version can call itself "Unix" without getting sued?
Open BSD on their home page don't describe Open BSD as Unix. They describe it as "Unix Like".
iOS is not Unix (and neither is Linux). the Open Group has a legal trademark on what is Unix and only operating systems that pass the certification can call themselves "Unix". OS X is certified Unix, iOS is not.
Or try using a non-Firefox browser with the Firefox OS.
Or try using a non-Chrome browser with the Chrome OS.
You can point your finger at Microsoft, Windows and IE and point out a lot of problems. One thing they do a pretty good job of however, is supporting their systems for a long time. Contrast with Apple... my company bought me an iPad in 2010 shortly after the first version came out.
The original iPad was an outlier as a previous poster said. The next version of iOS that will be introduced in a few months will support all iPhones and iPads released since 2011. Apple released a patched in March of 2014 for a security vulnerability found in the iPhone 3GS released on 6/2009. Which other manufacturer supports their mobile devices that long? Android manufacturers definitely don't.
Microsoft supports their OS's for a decade or more and even unsupported versions tend to just keep working.
Tell that to Windows Phone 7 users or even all of the enterprise customers that had multi-million dollar deployments of $1200 ruggedized Windows CE devices.
The difference is that when Apple patches a security flaw, every semi-current iPhone user worldwide can install the patch and Apple usually patches the current version and one version back. For instance, the "goto fail" security patch that was released in March 2014 patched every phone back to iPhone 3GS in 2009 (patch for 6.x) and IOS 7.
I am facing the same situation. I could choose to get a larger house with a longer commute or a smaller house/condo with a shorter commute. We decided that getting 10 hours of our week back and less money spent on gas and car maintenance was worth the trade off.
But yes I know the pain of having a house that is worth less than what you owe.