Source: CNN Money
quote: They depend on so many companies (Google for primary applications, Foxconn for manufacturing, Samsung for components, etc)
quote: and the only thing they make in-house is design, easily copied, and improved upon.
quote: The iPhone STILL doesn't have LTE/Wimax, 3.5" screen and on-screen keyboard isn't ideal, the iPad has no native printing support, jailbreaking is essential to get an 'open' experience from any IOS device, and so on.
quote: The "open" argument for Android makes little sense to me given that "open" is primarily in aid of service providers and hardware manufacturers.
quote: Just to be clear: I do think "crapware" and some OEM skins on Android are a problem. It just has little or nothing to do with Android being open source. I also think there are obvious benefits for OEM's and carriers using Android, mostly related to getting a modern cell phone OS for free.
quote: Insourcing production though doesn't seem like the right idea.
quote: Apple's R&D as a % of revenue is about the lowest there is in the tech industry. Like Sony, they're fast becoming a marketing company selling other companies' products by slapping their brand name label onto it.Unless they revive their in-house R&D and production, that name recognition is only going to carry them so far before people figure out that they can buy pretty much the same product elsewhere for a lower price. e.g. The Macbooks are designed and manufactured by Quanta, who also designs and makes most of the HP and some of the Dell laptops. Those HPs and Dells which are "copying" the Macbooks? They're not actually copies, they just look alike because they were designed and manufactured by the same (Taiwanese) people.