Comments on: Apple: AT&T a “great” partner (but will they get the tablet?) Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: HBC Tue, 26 Jan 2010 19:47:04 +0000 It’s time for Apple to undo this ignoble alliance and move on into the free market, at last. Either that, or waste billions in marketing to avoid being seen as a handmaiden to TBTF AT&T.

By: mobiThinking Tue, 26 Jan 2010 10:28:55 +0000 Is Apple really gunning for Google? (or visa versa)
Perhaps we will learn more about Apple’s strategy as it launches this much-hyped tablet computer. Certainly that might help explain its purchase of ad network Quattro Wireless.
Wouldn’t Apple be more interested in being like Nokia – which is the dominant smartphone manufacturer (let alone dominant mobile device manufacturer) – than Google (an advertising giant).
All Nokia internet-ready phones (the sales of which dwarf Apple) ship with bookmarks straight into Nokia sites, as well as having Nokia apps, such as maps, on board. And Nokia’s ad network sells the space.
To date Apple is still predominantly a hardware manufacturer, its nice stuff and gets a lot of hype (for a relatively small player in the phone market), but its just hardware. In the future what will the margins be on making phones? Apple provides the platform for other companies to distribute their content – Apps, music – to iPhone/iPod/tablet customers. When iPhone users surf the net they’re going straight to Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, AOL, along with mobile sites of operators, broadcasters, publishers etc.
Doesn’t it make sense for Apple to become a mobile destination, like Nokia, either through partnership, development or acquisition? Why is everyone convinced Apple is gunning for Google? uys-quattro