Yes, they’re all competitors of Apple in one way or another, but that’s not it. It’s something that seems to affect nearly every business in most industries but does not seem to affect Apple. Is it a disease? Almost.
Wherefore Art Thou, Paranoia
I don’t know who said it first, but ‘only the paranoid survive‘ is not only a good book title (Andrew Grove of Intel) it seems to be a way of life among technology giants, particularly those that compete against Apple.
Paranoia? Yes, all three companies (and many others) display all the classic symptoms. Anxiety, fear, irrationality, delusion.
How else does one explain their behavior in the marketplace? Microsoft poo-pooed the iPhone only to see Windows Phone and Windows tablets fall into oblivion.
Google was so fearful of the iPhone’s potential that they stole everything possible to create a freely distributed Bizarro World version for cell phone makers to compete against Apple.
Google has spent an estimated $15-billion on patents, Motorola, and Android development and has nothing to show in return.
On the other hand, Samsung was so smitten with fear of Apple and the iPhone that the company blindly stole everything possible and created near clones to compete, even though Apple is a valued customer.
paranoia |ˌparəˈnoiə| noun
a mental condition characterized by delusions of persecution, unwarranted jealousy, or exaggerated self-importance, typically elaborated into an organized system.
Yep, that sounds just like Microsoft, Google, and Samsung. Their collective fingers must be in every pie, and what they do must be like what Apple has already done.
Meanwhile, Back On The Farm
On the other hand, Apple doesn’t seem to exhibit any of the typical corporate paranoia characteristics, so the company must instead be a carrier of the disorder.
All Apple seems to want to do is to build great products. Along the way they also don’t seem to care what anyone says about their efforts. Not competitors, not customers, not congress, and certainly not tech media pundits and prognosticators.
This paranoia seems to extend beyond Apple’s competitors, though. The television industry and even bankers don’t want to do business with Apple as they’re obviously fearful that Apple will disrupt their industries and do what the iPod and iTunes did to the music industry (actually, Apple saved music from a sure death).
Just remember that the tech industry’s paranoia is a contagious disease, and Apple isn’t paranoid because the company is actually a carrier.