Technovia: In ten years time, will Apple be the new Microsoft – an abusive monopoly?
In the end, I agree with the post. Actually, in the beginning, since I’ve always thought of Apple as a benevolent dictator of design. But I also paused to think if this was really possible, since Apple seems to be structured in such a way as to favor niche adoption, even if 20% share could be described as niche. Then I thought of iPod, which has something on the order of 75%+ marketshare for digital audio players, at least in the US, and I thought, no Apple is not designed or desiring to stick to niches. I’d say some of the rancor caused by the Microsoft rivalry in the 80s and 90s was specifically because Jobs and Apple wanted the whole pie. Funny that their greatest chance to achieve that largely came by giving up on that goal.