The irrelevant iPhone 11: Apple will crush Android with services, bundling, and cheap devices

Apple's new A13-Bionic-powered iPhone 11 starts at $699
Apple’s new A13-Bionic-powered iPhone 11 starts at $699

Jason Perlow for ZDNet:

For technology journalists, every year, Apple’s product event is like a geek version of Thanksgiving, the Superbowl, and New Year’s Eve, all rolled up into one massive secular holiday… Superficially, and for those who are obsessed with the annual refresh of shiny devices, the September Apple event may have appeared to have been an iPhone 11 device roll-out. But in my estimation, that was not the most important takeaway…

The better that Apple’s services get, the more compelling — and more valuable — that continued membership in their ecosystem gets. That value can be derived even from Apple’s lowest-priced and previous-generation products, which are still better values than what their competitors offer as current generation products at the same price point.

MacDailyNews Take: In short, Android phone vendors cannot compete. Not that they ever could. And it’s only getting worse for the iPhone knockoff brigade. Much worse.

But, don’t crush Android. Someone has to cater to the cheapskates and ignorati of the world with low- and no-margin dog-slow iPhone wannabe fakes. Those who settle for half-assed knockoffs based on sticker price are more trouble than they’re worth and who, ever on their quixotic quest for the mythical free lunch, do not subscribe to services because they are unable or unwilling to recognize vastly superior value in performance, security, privacy, app quality, custom silicon married with custom software, build quality, resale, etc., etc., etc.

There’s no substitute for owning and controlling the primary technology.MacDailyNews, November 15, 2017

With each passing year, and especially with iPhone X, it becomes increasingly clear – even to the Android settlers – that the competition has no chance of even remotely keeping up against Apple’s unmatched vertically integrated one-two punch of custom software and custom hardware. The Android to iPhone upgrade train just turned onto a long straightaway, engines stoked, primed to barrel away! — MacDailyNews, September 13, 2017

Vertical integration – hardware + software – trumps off-the-shelf conglomerations every single time. See: Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, etc.MacDailyNews, May 31, 2017


  1. Trolls and incessant whiners… The “low- and no-margin dog-slow iPhone wannabe fakes” are there, waiting for you. As was posted here, not too long ago, “there are other models … and it’s a benefit of a multi-vendor ecosystem”.

  2. I couldn’t agree more. we are basically just looking at product cycles here: Apple comes out with something, everybody else copies it and schedules their keynotes to very calculatedly usurp Apple’s. It’s kinda pathetic, actually. Then Apple debuts something new, and the cycle starts again. I cannot take the modern valley seriously. the ‘wait for Apple to do something’ crap has gotten old. We used to joke that Apple was R&D for the entire industry – it isn’t a joke anymore.

    1. Copy whatever Apple has and make it cheaper is working quite well for Android and that’s why Android smartphones have close to 90% global market share percentage. The fact that Wall Street says that Apple is no longer innovating and a losing company only proves that Android is winning. Almost everyone wants cheaper products and that’s what Android delivers. All I ever hear is that Apple products are too expensive and they’re not innovating as fast as smartphones from a dozen or so Android manufacturers. Apple seems to be fighting a losing battle.

      So many tech-heads keep saying how boring the Apple keynote is because Apple doesn’t offer ground-breaking features every couple of years. I’m certain the general consensus is that Samsung is the smartphone leader in terms of features. A company can’t build just a good product anymore because the tech-heads want something spectacular. It’s so weird. I think all high-end smartphones are absolutely amazing and I never consider them boring. A lot of hard work goes into designing smartphones and fairly leading-edge tech goes into flagship smartphones. I honestly don’t see how they can be considered boring.

      I may not have a need to own a high-end flagship smartphone but I sure don’t see any of them as boring. I was a teenager in the 1960’s and what is available now for teenagers is absolutely amazing. I really appreciate what companies are offering consumers in the way of tech products. I’d be happy to own even a two- or three-year-old flagship smartphone from any manufacturer because they can do so much for the average consumer. Tech-heads nitpick too much about missing features. They keep thinking everyone needs hundreds of features when for most people even mastering a few features isn’t that easy.

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