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Comment to “Apple could become an iFabless company” by Mike Magee

In Uncategorized on February 17, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Hi,

I’m basically repeating myself, but I wrote this comment to Make Magees post “Apple could become an iFabless company” on http://www.techeye.net

“The following is purely from my imagination and I don’t know so much about silicon and chips but anyway:

Apple have been showing signs that they are serious of building walled garden. First they had iTunes and iPod. Then developed iPhone OS and iPhone and now they have iPad using iPhone OS.

So they have pushed this idea of walled garden up stream in their product portfolio. I’m quite sure that in future they will add “new” iMac to their portfolio. I mean home office machine (iWorks, HW keyboard … more power, multitasking etc) using iPhone OS.  iPad doesn’t replace iMacs or iPhones (Steve said so).

Why iPhone OS? Because OS X is too open. I feel like Apple is building product portfolio for average families (this means also cheaper products) that all use iPhone OS. These products would be thightly integrated to iTunes and this way to content that Apple provides.

This way there could be homes and families (as there already is individuals today) who use only closed Apple products. So they would have to buy the new Apple product to replace older because all their older electric consumption (bookshelf, music library, newspaper subscriptions etc.) is tied to Apple platform.

This leads to the chips. I have read that you can run Java on iPhone – on jailbraked iPhone. This is possible because ARM processor some how supports Java. So I assume that it could be possible to liberate the content from Apple garden.

So developing own chips Apple can make sure that their programs will take all the advantage of processor. But somehow I feel that one reason is that it will close the Apple ecosystem even more.”

Apple will never allow Flash or Java

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2010 at 8:13 am

I discussed about this popular topic in Internet and came to this idea about Apple and their plans. I don’t have such a deep knowledge that I could claim that I’m right – but hey, it’s not that important in Internet.

This is the starting point: Flash and Java are and will be no-nos in iPhone OS. They would ruin iTunes App monopoly. They would also make it possible to develope for several different mobile platforms. Apple loves the current situtiation where it has the lion share of developers mind set.

If you understand the monopoly being the reason for Apple to be against Flash and not the quality of Flash – then It becomes clear why iPad has iPhone OS. OS X is so last season because it it’s too open and free.

The Apple strategy starts to emerge and it leads me thinking that Apple will push iPhone OS up stream in their product line. Next there will be something like the original iMac, internet machine with better word processing capabilities, the form factor and concept I don’t dare to guess.

This way Apple can little by little invade homes with their closed, well working information system. They propably will also start using custom made processors. This way jailbraking would propably become obsolete.

Let’s wait and see where Apple heads. It will be interesting in every case. I’m sure.

Maemo, Symbian and S40

In Uncategorized on December 2, 2009 at 11:35 pm

This is my comment on: Chris Davies’ “Nokia 2011 platform predictions: Maemo in, S40 squeezed out”

http://www.slashgear.com/nokia-2011-platform-predictions-maemo-in-s40-squeezed-out-0264930/#comment-60885

S40 looses its share because non-smartphones are losing their share.

This is why Nokia will not dump Symbian … it’s their next S40!

This is the reason why we shouldn’t expect too much from Symbian … It will always be simple and cheap alternative. Nokia uses it in devices where they can use their volumes and low price as the competive edge. This is why Nokia is releasing it as open source.

Maemo will never be that open … Nokia will keep it partly closed because in Maemo devices software is the competive edge.

In future, when components are cheap enough and there is no more new markets (like Africa, India, Oceania … today), S40 will be replaced with Symbian. Will Nokia use only two platforms? – I don’t know. I think it depends how versatile Maemo will be.