I'm generally a fan, but +Mike Elgan
, this article makes no sense.
-Replacing Google Search? You say yourself Siri will change engines for you, and I imagine most folks will say "Google 'Washington Monument'" for example.
-Replace Google latitude? Who even uses that? I do, and I don't know why.
-Yelp replaces Places? I don't see a desire for any single
site among people I know, everyone wants access to Yelp, Places, FourSquare,etc.
-Replace Maps? Why bother? And how will they "win" this battle when every android phone is a free turn-by-turn device?
-iCloud replaces Google Cloud? This was the 2nd least believable part. What smart company,like Apple, is dying to get into storing everyone's data. Even Microsoft has backed out of this market. Customers expect some of it, but why take on more? Where's the return?
-Replacing Gmail? "iCloud integration on iOS devices will compel many current Gmail users to use Apple services for email."
How, exactly? The most highly anticipated iphone app in the last year, (Siri wasn't hotly anticipated, IMO, but loved now), has been the Gmail app!
And when Apple has done all this crazy stuff you predict...they will still have less than 10% of the non-wireless global market, so "flipping the switch" to cut off Google's oxygen...? Not so much. (1st least believable part)
And I in no way
think that would keep Apple from being an amazing, innovative, incredibly profitable company with a stellar future.
I look forward to seeing you on TWiT in the future.
Sorry for the long comment, folks.