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Re: [newtech-1] first videos of iPhone (plagiarizer) - Android. full screen

From: Jonny S.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 10:10 AM
Leroy wrote:

yes, but not when it is misplaced and not fully thought out. 
Of course I don't have the numbers to back this up, but I'm sure that they would have made more money selling the phone to whoever wanted it. 

Apple wants to make as much money as they can, but must protect their brand in order to balance short term cash with long term value growth. I think the issue was that most carriers have their own variations on the OS running the phones. I have two Razr's, one on ATT, the other on Tmob. They both function very differently and I don't believe they can be switched from one network to the other. Apple knew that if they didn't have their trademark top to bottom control (ie. MacOS = hardware & OS software) they couldn't guarantee the functionality that their brand represents. Let Verizon edit your product and OS like they did to my (Motorola) and you end up with a music capable phone that is worthless as a music player and between the two brands one could not support the other.

Apple wanted to have control over how the phone operated and only AT&T (Actually Cingular {who needed a competetive edge} at the time) allowed them to design a product that was true to the "Apple Core" (sorry). Once it was on the market Apple knew that everyone else would want a piece of the action because no other phone will be the technological leap forward that the iPhone is. Cingular (ATT) alowed that to happen and agreed to market and support the phone once it was available, NOONE ELSE DID and nobody else deserves the spoils. If you don't want to switch your network, then don't, nobody is holding a gun to your head (just a less intuitive and graceful phone) 

If you spend a fortune in design, development and marketing only to allow a less innovative entity to copy your form and function, they become more profitable (without all that yukky R&D cost) and I don't blame Wall street for valuing that, but it's the responsibility of the originator of new ideas to protect their investment. I consider innovative plagiarists to be "business slime", (although we all must participate to some degree in order to survive). But it can be done tastefully and selectively or like a Wal-Mart/Microsoft clumsy bully.

Once Apple's 5 year contract with AT&T is completed, you will see the other carriers happy to agree to Apple's control of the phone/pod experience. Maybe before that time Apple can get AT&T to agree to terms which allow Verizon and Tmob (etc.) to use an unlocked iPhone as long as they (AT&T) are compensated. If IP isn't protected it won't be developed and then consumers will really lose. Even greater than that, the US will not out manpower China and India. This country won't be the place that makes it cheaper in the future and if we try to compete on that level we will steadily lose ground. America needs to develop and protect new products, services and processes in order to grow economically and if we don't legally protect the entities who invest in that practice (allow anyone to cherry pick their best ideas without repercussion) we will find our standard of living in even worse continual relative decline.

iPhone "Killer"? I don't think so. iPhone copier wannabe? maybe, only time will tell, but that's what the screen shots suggested to me. I am an Apple FanBoy which doesn't mean I don't see their faults and mistakes, but noone else does what they do and they're very successful at it. So take your Zunes and Razr's and Edges and have at it.

Jonny Shaw

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