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How Does Android + [Insert Name Here]'s Phone Become Like The iPhone?


Outrage abounds as news of Apple's latest move, perceived as yet another developer relations body blow, makes the rounds in the tech community. 

Says frustrated commentator Travis in this Buzz thread from Jeremy Chone: "After the battery in my iPod Touch goes... I'll officially be DONE with anything Apple..."

Well, where does one go if leaving Apple? Android is a threat to Apple for sure, but sort of the way a micro meteor is a threat to an astronaut on their way to Mars. The relatively open, fragmented, wild-west environment of Android means that mixed App experiences break often on a given device. In this environment, developer freedom over time should encourage one of those rare breakout successes to challenge Apple's managed experience platform. This is the micro meteor that comes out of nowhere, right through the hull of a spacecraft. I liken it to the impact of a DOOM, created by iD Software for the PC. Think DOOM would have been allowed into the Apps store had it existed back then? Me neither. 

So my question is this, if enough users want these new experiences born of freedom(and chaos) to arrive intact on their Android devices, how does Google sync manufacturers, carriers and developers with varying priorities as well as Apple syncs itself? 




When will a MacBook look like the iPad?



On the CES show floor a couple months ago, walking the outer orbit of low to mid tier manufacturer booths, I saw mini laptop running Win98 for $88 in volume. Yeah, it was underpowered, it was too small(aimed for the education market), but was a reminder of how quickly the commoditization in PC's is accelerating. I'm sure 5 years from now, you will probably be able to buy a small laptop in a Liquor store, near the register next to the cigarettes and energy pill packs.
In phones, Apple surfs commoditization by collecting its share of revenue from Apps, which have a totally different profit profile than the hardware alone. I mean really, other folks do all the work to build these Apps(though Apple creates some and commissions them from others). The curation process at work in the iPhone/iPad Apps store must ask this question of everything at the gate; How high does this App elevate the platform above the commodity experience?
I believe that perfecting this curation aspect of their business model will also shape how Apple builds PC's. In an Apple curated-experience, App-subsidized hardware model, all software purchased for an iMac/MacBook will go through the Apps store for taxation. The hardware and UI itself could begin to mix & mash between the iPhone, iPad and iMac/MacBooks. I'd love to see the CPU power of a MacBook in an iPad form factor, with the best of the iPad/iPhone UI, while retaining the ability to run processor intensive, I mean Applications, like Illustrator or Maya.