What does Apple do that would make politicians hair catch fire? The same as Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Succeed. Why doesn’t Apple just make cheaper, more affordable products? Why does Apple have to bundle software with each product it sells?
We’ve heard this ‘Apple is doomed‘ meme since Apple introduced itself to the world back in the mid-1970s. Yes, the company escaped death a few times. Yes, Apple charges more for similar products than competitors but isn’t that what you would expect of a premium, aspirational brand?
Today’s big tech companies have too much power — too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy. They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else. And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation.
Warren’s examples are Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Google has many billions of users. Facebook has a couple of billion users. Amazon has perhaps half a billion customers. Warren wants to break them up and many other politicians are jumping on that same lame bandwagon.
Are the axis of evil actually monopolies? One can argue that with ease, but all it would take is a few rules (supposedly that’s what Congress does; they make rules) to prevent each of them from maintaining their monopoly status.
My administration will make big, structural changes to the tech sector to promote more competition — including breaking up Amazon, Facebook, and Google.
As these companies have grown larger and more powerful, they have used their resources and control over the way we use the Internet to squash small businesses and innovation, and substitute their own financial interests for the broader interests of the American people. To restore the balance of power in our democracy, to promote competition, and to ensure that the next generation of technology innovation is as vibrant as the last, it’s time to break up our biggest tech companies.
Oh, and how will the breakup occur? The devil is in the details, right?
OK, so there is an axis of evil which exerts undue influence over humanity and competition. Nothing new, right?
Where does Apple fit into this axis of evil?
Back when the railroads were dominant, and you had to get steel or wheat onto the railroad, there was a period of time when the railroads figured out that they could make money not only by selling tickets on the railroad, but also by buying the steel company and then cutting the price of transporting steel for their own company and raising the price of transporting steel for any competitors. And that’s how the giant grows
Does Apple do what railroads did to steel industry competitors by publishing Apple developed applications on the iOS and macOS App Stores; where the apps inhibit competition?
Apple fosters competition, but also provides customers with a base level of usability, and would have little trouble publishing free apps for each product and not place them on the App Store to compete with third party applications.
Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple. One of these is not the same, and a lonely politician saying that Apple should be a member of the axis of evil does not make Apple a member.