In a provocative editorial, on the eve of the announcement of the new iPhone which has the world media in a frenzy, Dan Lyons, who long wrote the Fake Steve Jobs column, has offered a contrarian view about the company, quoting facts which are separate from the financial success of the company which at present seems to dominate the Apple conversation.
He notes Apple is now vastly outsold by Android handsets, at a rate of 4:1, with Apple losing market share over the last year (68% vs 17%). He also notes the rumoured new, larger iPhone was a response to Android handsets with larger screens, and an acknowledgement that not only was the iPhone being outsold in bulk, but also that specific handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S III was now selling better than any iPhone, even in USA.
He also notes that Apple has now resorted to copying features from successful Android products, like 7 inch tablets, which they previously vowed not to sell.
He concludes that Apple was now only milking their previous success, ending with the damning line:
In terms of products, Apple has become the one thing it should never be. Apple has become boring.
Read the full editorial here.
Thanks Isaac for the tip.