Apple lost to Microsoft back then and Apple is losing to Google’s Android now. Alright, that was then and this is now and a few very obvious differences need to be mixed in with the obvious similarities.
The Same But Not
The storyline is old, but a familiar refrain for Apple followers. Apple comes out with an innovative new interface which is copied by competitors and Apple suffers for all eternity.
That’s what happened to Apple with the Mac, right? Microsoft copied the Mac’s user interface, licensed Windows to everyone, and ended up with a 90-percent marketshare among PCs.
The Mac became just a footnote in history. No. Wait. That’s not right. Let’s try again.
The Mac is the most profitable PC on the planet, Windows PCs are suffering huge drops in sales, and Apple has become the largest computer maker in the world. Yes, it’s necessary to add iPads to the mix to make the numbers work, but you get the idea.
That’s what happened then, and it’s exactly what’s happening now.
Copy That, Malware Maker!
Apple’s iPhone interface was copied by Google which made Android OS available for free to smartphone and tablet makers. Ergo, Apple is experiencing acute déjà vu all over again as Android rules the mobile world.
Uh, almost, but not quite.
It wasn’t that long ago that Apple ran a number of clever television and web commercials called ‘I’m a Mac, I’m a PC’ featuring John Hodgman and Justin Long which depicted Windows PCs as anemic, sickly, under powered magnets for malware.
Windows users began exiting Microsoft’s cash cow for the Mac, and the rest is history. The Mac is prospering while Windows PCs are not. Apple makes huge profits on the Mac while Windows PC makers do not.
How is it déjà vu all over again? Android OS on smartphones and tablets own 97-percent of the mobile industry’s malware, at least according to McAfee which tracks such things.
Put another way, Android mobile devices attract spyware, malware, viruses and all the bad you can imagine through a growing number of backdoors and exploits and just plain holes. Yes, Android is just like Windows of a few years ago, a veritable Swiss cheese of holes in which malware scampers through unabated.
What of Apple’s iPhone and iPad and iOS? Apple’s walled garden, non-open OS doesn’t even show up on the malware list. iPhone and iPad users can experience the same user bliss that the Mac community has known for years, safe in the knowledge that it’s déjà vu all over again, it’s Mac vs. Windows all over again, because Android smartphones and tablets have become the Windows of mobile devices– large in number, and infested with malware.