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Magic Pixie Dust in the iPhone?

By deans ~ June 29th, 2009. Filed under: Observations.

Normally, I don’t like to simply repost links to interesting articles (isn’t that what Twitter is for?), but Andrew Berg‘s recent opinion piece in Wireless Week really caught my attention.  This is partly because I agree with him, and partly because his writing style is quite clever.  In particular, I liked this line:  (emphasis mine)

it’s hard not to wonder what kind of magic pixie dust Apple dropped into its devices. The iPhone has created a monumental divide between its products and others on the market, especially other smartphones.

Mr. Berg continues:

From the way carriers manage their networks to mobile content distribution, the iPhone is setting standards that will last long after other devices come along and even out the playing field.

This is why I’ve been so hard on Palm.  They apparently did a good job with the Pre and webOS, but they simply failed to understand the significance of the App Store and the iPhone development ecosystem.  I feel sorry for them, but they just don’t seem to appreciate the points that Mr. Berg makes in his article.

I guess that it’s true: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”  Apple continues to innovate and lead.  Others continue to follow.

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