VC guru bursts Apple's bubble



You know Mr. Wilson is a smart guy because his prediction is bound to raise the hackles of the adoring fans of Apple, many of whom put their money where their heart is and buy Apple products religiously. 

Score one on press exposure.

Of course he is also pushing his prognostication just far enough to be within reach and his comments forgettable if the status quo doesn't change.

Score two for timing.

But, Mr. Wilson's right about one thing: hardware is a commodity and Apple may have reached the limits of what it can do with its premium hardware. 

On the one hand, the hardware world has caught up to Apple. Apple isn't the only game in town and its products don't often have enough differentiation to justify the premium over ubiquitous Android brands. 

On the other hand, Apple has no real answer for the cloud based services being offered by companies like Google. Apple maintains a rigid control over its own platform and gets to profit enormously from it, but it has little in the way of software value add itself to challenge its competitors who often have nothing but software.

In many ways, Apple is a victim of its own success. It has painted itself into a very big, well furnished corner of the tech world. 

Yet, despite all of that, with its enormous resources and its incredible wealth, Apple can do almost anything it likes, buy anyone it needs, and spend freely on developing the next big thing. Having all that money doesn't guarantee success - just ask Microsoft - but there is still time for the company to make Fred Wilson eat his words.

Not that Apple or Mr. Wilson care, either way.

The difficulty for businesses who have to go mobile is not knowing how to split their budgets by platform. Often, companies want to build an iPhone or iPad app as the showcase lead application for digital. 

It is easier to target the known qualities of Apple's products than to try and make sense of the Android universe of devices. And, there is not equivalent to the iPad in terms of consumer acceptance, design, and market penetration. 

On the other hand, the Apple Store is a heck of a sentinel to get around. It gets harder every year to find acceptance, and while Android is not necessarily so easy either, it is less antagonistic towards its developer community.



Omid Rahmat

Omid Rahmat has been working in online publishing since 1996. Apart from Tech Guru Daily, he is the publisher of BreakingMuscle.com, a leading destination for health and wellness enthusiasts. Mr. Rahmat was formerly CEO of TG Publishing, the company behind Tom's Hardware Guide, which was among the most popular tech publications online in the world. He has over 20 years of experience in the technology business, holding executive positions in both Europe and North America. He has more than 15 years experience in senior management at high tech companies.


More

Mistakes Businessmen Make When First Promoting Their Startups

Statistics are pretty grim when looking at startups. Most of those launched will fail and the failure percentage is actually a lot higher than many imagine.

Virtual Reality: A Game-Changer for Sports

Virtual reality has the potential to make courtside seats at basketball games affordable for the everyday viewer.

The top antivirus programs for your iPhone

With the launch of new age smartphones, security risks have literally increased tenfold. Hackers and malware developers are doing their best to crack into your phone and mess it up or steal all the data. And with the new technologies being used in modern smartphones, this has become extremely easy. So today we will take a look at some of the top antivirus software you can use on your iPhone for better security. Read on to find out more. McAfee Mobile Security McAfee is considered as the perfect security tool for your iPhone if you want to keep nosy family members and friends away from the...