Fascinating, and brief, article by Dan Lyons for The Daily Beast regarding the Apple vs. Android patent war and the possible outcomes…
One of the most beautiful things about Captialism is that when companies fight head to head, the end result is usually a net benefit for consumers: In theory, each company tries very, very hard to ensure their product is better overall (function, form, durability) than their competitors. And if the products are comparable (or even identical), then consumers could also benefit from price wars. After all, if the companies’ products are indeed identical, the only way to get consumers to buy one product over the other is by selling them for less.
With regards to computers and computer related products, unfortunately for Apple much of their technology -great thought it may be- was not created in a vacuum and it was only a matter of time before others would compete head to head with them. Looking at Apple’s products, from my perspective the company has taken many common individual components (personal computers, touchscreen technology, cellular phone systems, etc.) and mixed them together to create their beautiful package.
The problem, for Apple, is that because the individual components are common, it is difficult to then turn around and say the overall package is somehow unique. This is why I suspect Apple isn’t doing quite as well with their patent lawsuits as they probably hoped they would.
Then again, I’m far from some technological wizard and for all I know every bit of opinion presented above is dead wrong. Regardless, I hope that Apple continues to make their beautiful products. I also hope that the lack of success in their lawsuits against other companies encourages them to up their competition with the Android market and make even better products.
And I hope the Android makers do the same.
In the end, we the consumer will be the beneficiaries.