This won't be a popular opinion, but the inconvenient truth is that Apple is winning the OS wars, setting the agenda for the future of computing. And here's why:
Fragmentation undermines the Post PC age, and Apple isn't fragmented.
The future of computing is being defined by mobile; in future mobile devices will be supplanted by ambient computing. Underscoring all of this is the operating system.
So what's the state of the OS today?
In contrast: over a third of Android devices are stuck with the ancient Jelly Bean (first introduced July 2012). Tellingly, despite all the hype surrounding the introduction of KitKat, that OS accounts for an achingly small 1.1 percent of Android devices.
[ABOVE: Android fragmentation in a chart, c/o Fidlee.]
Waste and excess
The flawed Android OS distribution system means most consumers purchasing such devices are stuck with whatever Android distribution was installed on their device when they purchased it. Rather than upgrade the OS, customers must upgrade the device to access new features. Android's business model is bad for the planet.
It is wasteful.
You can build all the solar farms you want, but it won't disguise the built-in obsolescence inherent to Google's mobile business plan. Devices are out of date when they come out of the box, can't be upgraded and quickly become landfill. Green? Not much.
While competitors are unable to provide consistent user experiences, most Apple customers will be exploiting the most recent technologies when they use their products.
The ability to deploy new technologies fast is essential to defining the future operating system. That Apple can introduce software that's swiftly used by millions means it already controls a solutions-based ecosystem that is easy to extend.
Apple is in the cat-bird-seat position to extend its operating systems into new device paradigms.
Apple is winning the OS war.
Get over it.
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