"Every once in a while, a company becomes so obsessed with a competitor that it loses focus on its own customers. They start designing and positioning their products more to hurt rivals than thrill users.
And I fear that now it’s happening to Apple.
Everybody knows about Apple’s near-death experience in the 90s. But few appreciate why it happened..."
"...And they spent enormous attention suing Microsoft for copying the Apple Lisa operating system user interface.
The reason is that they become obsessed with Microsoft, and were throwing all kinds of spaghetti against the wall to see what would stick. They became blind to the truth that great products bring more and better customers, and instead tried to beat Microsoft and the larger PC industry at its own game..."
"...why did Apple also remove Google’s YouTube app? YouTube is the clear standard with by far the most users, and it’s been one of the keystone iOS apps since the first iPhone shipped in 2007.
And Apple removed it in iOS 6.
They’re more focused now on hurting Google than thrilling users, just like they were with Microsoft in the 90s."
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