…ahora Samsung está haciendo a Apple lo que Apple le hizo a Microsoft y lo que Microsoft hizo a Apple con Windows. De ser así Samsung sustituye a Apple, ya que Apple acaba de sustituir a Microsoft y como Microsoft ha sustituido Apple?
As Apple’s reputation for execution falters in the post-Jobs years, Samsung’s ruthless pace could put it ahead, even if customers would ultimately suffer.
Last week when I argued that Apple should win its litigation battle against Samsung to preserve innovation and great products, Samsung fans, behaving like poor copies of their Apple counterparts, pounded me. But these Samsung fans got me thinking about whether Samsung is to Apple what Apple has been to Microsoft for the past decade.
Apple has excelled by taking Microsoft ideas and improving on them. The problem hasn’t been that Microsoft didn’t innovate; the company just didn’t execute. Microsoft manufactured smartphones and even had the idea for the iPhone before Apple did. Microsoft produced MP3 players before Apple had an Apple iPod Touch-like product on the market. They played music and did most of what the iPod Touch did years before the Touch came to market. Even though Microsoft wasn’t the first with tablets, Microsoft tablets were on the market years before the iPad.
Now granted, Microsoft’s PDA was a poor emulation of the Palm Pilot, which came out of the poorly executed Apple Newton. So we could argue about who was really first. But now Samsung is doing to Apple what Apple did to Microsoft and what Microsoft did to Apple with Windows. So is Samsung replacing Apple, just as Apple replaced Microsoft and as Microsoft replaced Apple? OK, now I’m even getting confused. I’m going to argue Samsung is replacing Apple, much as Samsung replaced Sony, and that this is bad for you, the consumer.