re: The Death Of 'Open'
And yet on Apple's iOS platform you can buy or rent as much music, video, movies, ebooks, and other media and content for download or streaming from other online stores such as Amazon, Rhapsody, Netflix, B&N, Pandora, untold magazine and independent publishers etc as you wish using native apps or the web browser.
Sure Apple takes a commission for sales thru native apps, but not from web sales.
Unlike Amazon's Kindle platform for example, Apple does allow other ebook store apps on their platform. Unlike Microsoft's Metro apparently, there are dozens and dozens of alternative web browsers including Chrome, Dolphin, Opera, etc available for iOS devices.
Apple only makes a tiny fraction of their income from content - the vast majority of their income comes from hardware sales.
Apple is an integrated platform company - it makes the whole widget and you have failed to mention the advantages of that strategy.
An unprecedented 5,580 different malware apps and malicious exploits were detected targeting the "open" Android platform last month alone and 78% of the 13 million phones infected so far this year were Android phones.
In contrast, one harmless trojan made it thru Apple's App Store review process but was promptly killed by Apple on discovery.
In addition, the iOS App platform is a revelation in convenience, compatibility, reliability and perhaps most important of all - developer revenue - making it the premiere platform for developers and thus for consumers the world over.
With 600% the developer revenue of Android, 90% of all mobile e-commerce revenue, 84% of all mobile games revenue, 97.3% of all business tablet activations, 73.9% of all business smartphone activations (excluding RIM), 63.9% of all mobile web browsing, 80% of the entire cellphone industry's profitshare, Apple and iOS users have demonstrated the enormous advantages of a vertically integrated model for developers, consumers and Apple themselves.