“Tony Fadell… is stepping down as [Apple’s] head of SVP for the iPod division. (Fadell replaced Nextie and Friend-of-Steve Jon Rubinstein.) Fadell is being replaced by Mark Papermaster, VP for blade server development at IBM,” Joel West writes for Seeking Alpha.
“Once upon a time, I claimed that Apple’s iPod and iPhone were an example of open innovation: Apple sourcing outside rather than using its 1990s-era NIH,” West writes.
“It appears I was wrong: open innovation (sourcing outside components) was an entry strategy for the iPod and iPhone, but the goal was always vertical integration. With iTunes, iTunes Music Service, OS X on the iPhone and now the new mystery chip, Apple will be more vertically integrated than it ever was on the Apple II or Macintosh,” West writes.
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]
Vertical integration works best for those who matter most: the users.