“Apple is fond of talking about its secret sauce, about the things only it can do because of its unprecedented combination of hardware, software, and services,” Dan Moren writes for Macworld. “But for all that it has been very successful with its strategy of making the whole widget, from soup to nuts, it’s pretty clear that all three of those areas aren’t exactly on equal footing.”

“Hardware, sure. The company’s been making computers since the late ’70s, and it’s never seriously moved away from that—let’s not talk about the awkward fumbling of the clone years,” Moren writes. “Likewise its software, which has gone from revolutionary operating system to also-ran back around to venerable and respected veteran of the computer industry.”

“But then there’s services,” Moren writes. “Services have and continue to be a weak spot for the company, and its biggest challenge in 2017. This chink in its armor has left Apple vulnerable to its competitors, for many of whom services are a strong suit.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: All lot of the gee-whiz stuff that other companies do is because those companies don’t give a whit about users’ privacy.

It’s not that Apple can’t do some of these things, it’s that Apple won’t do them because they’re playing the long game.

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