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EA founder: Apple heading towards inevitable decline

By Emil
Aug 3, 2011
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  1. Electronic Arts (EA) founder Trip Hawkins believes Apple is headed toward a decline. It's of course perfectly reasonable to assume that Apple, like every company before it, will not dominate…

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  2. Win or lose, their patent war will be the beginning of the end. iOS to Android/WP7/BB OS is like, consoles to PC. Very easy choice if you really care about technology.
     
  3. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    What does a picture of John Waters in his surprisingly well equipped garage have to do with any of this?
     
  4. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 640   +56

    ...mysterious buyer purchases Apple, Google, etc. Skynet v1.0 launch on the horizon. Public-at-large oblivious.
     
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    Steve Jobs, in the launch bunker poses for photos, as Skynet hurls itself toward its date with destiny atop a blinding torch,with its white hot, diamond studded tower of flame.

    Video available shortly @ iTunes.com
     
  6. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +45

    I personally think the mire fact that Apple devices like he i-Touch or i-Pod don't support "flash" should be grounds enough for the downward spiral of Apple.
     
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    Yeah well, if everybody boycotted EA that said they were going to, maybe we could get rid of Apple and EA, in one fell swoop.

    As far as Trip Hawkins goes, I think the joke that lost the election for Richard Nixon to John F Kennedy, would attach itself nicely to this man.

    To wit; "would you by a used car from Trip Hawkins"?
     
  8. I was thinking exactaly the same thing few days ago..Apple has reached its peak. And my prediction is that Apple will decline significantly after the second half of 2012. Two reasons...Nokia and Microsoft phones, second the birth of Win8 (you may think im a Microsoft fan but im sorry to inform but this is going to matter). Also the majority of people that i know who have an iPhone, bough the phone because of the marketing hype... half of these people are not buying it next time around. And surprisingly lot of people i know want to switch back to classic nokia phones (because its just simple). iphone is Apples bread winner...and frankly the competiotion has caught up and the hype is no more. I wish good health to Steve Jobs but his absence is going to matter, simply becuse how does one who replaces him does better than him? The person who takes over is going to feel as if there is a Mountain on its back. Other than that I dont know if apple can squeeze another product between the iPod, iphone and ipad and the imac. iTV?
     
  9. Yes they are, since 8 months ago when i joined Apple, they cant be more at their peak then this.
     
  10. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106   +97

    He's throwing off a creepy Vegas used car salesman vibe. That or a creepy British loan shark.
     
  11. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Maniac Posts: 288   +105

    The patent war is sad and pathetic, but they will abuse the system until it gets fixed. I do not think choosing iOS over the others is as easy as you make it out to be though. I currently have both an iPhone4 and an Evo. I use both day to day and I easily prefer my Evo over my iPhone. I do look forward to OTA update on my iPhone, but the cool factor has warn off and im glad its just my work phone.
     
  12. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    So all of this bitching because of Flash? Adobe has yet to deliver a decent performing player for any mobile device that's not also a battery drainer, hell they haven't even delivered it for OS X. So why would Apple care about Adobe if Adobe has never cared that much about Apple, they even took years to release an Intel version of their Creative Suite for OS X.

    Bottom line if you've used OS X for the last ten years you must know how sucky the Flash player has been on it and there's no evidence this will be any different on any mobile OS.
     
  13. Flash is still the most unstable, cpu-chugging thing running on Windows, OS X or Android sucking the crap out of battery life and performance. Flash has amazing capabilities and at one time could possibly have won over the web but Adobe didn't play the game right. Silverlight had the same potential but it looks like MS is going to play their same old retarded "only on MS" baloney and cripple its potential rather than serve the consumer with a cross-everything.

    If Adobe can get Flash performance and stability up to standard, then fine. Till then we should thank Apple for "helping" them get their poop together.

    Like it or hate Apple wants to have enough control over the users experience on Apple devices to be able to guarantee they run well. So far this has been mostly a good thing for the end user.
     
  14. i think the fact that you refer to it as an i-Touch is a strong indication of your ignorance ...
     
  15. ...and in 2012 the world will decline...
     
  16. yowanvista

    yowanvista TS Rookie Posts: 82

    Apple will just fall down the cliff
     
  17. Nothing really new here; there is a cycle to all things. Figuring out when the cycle begins/ends and where the peak/valleys are can be difficult. Since Steve Jobs has made himself the one link in which all things pass through at Apple; once he’s no longer doing that then Apple will decline. Microsoft had Bill Gates however he slowly worked his way out while allowing Steve Ballmer to succeed him.
     
  18. wcbert

    wcbert TS Rookie Posts: 74

    The decline can happen. I said 'can'! It was be after Steve Jobs is no longer are Apple. Steve Jobs is Apple and Apple is Steve Job. Who will take over no one know and how will the company be change after Jobs again who know.
     
  19. I am a Apple hater in all honesty but even I find Mr. Hawkins's comments silly. If Apple is headed towards decline, what about EA? They have sucked for years.
     
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    "Trip Hawkins, the man behind the myth...."!
    I was thinking more along the lines as being the "Captain Kirk", of drunken tugboat skippers.

    (If you look at his picture while trying to picture him in a sweaty "wife beater", I think you'll know what I mean).
     
  21. Yeah, Hawkins does sound like the angry kid who got passed up for CF in gym class. On the other hand, Apple reminds me of the fox who didn't want the grapes. "Oh, we didn't WANT to woo those extra half-a-million customers who don't feel like dealing with our lack of concern for open software standards."

    I love it when these so-called "heavyweights" get called in to voice their opinions about technology. Most of us really couldn't care less. Most of us will buy from NewEgg and will tell Apple to go to hell.

    I certainly would. And do.

    :)
     
  22. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    Another ploy to garner free press by stating the obvious.

    "If you look at any institution in history ? look at the Roman Empire ? anything in history, and what it looks like when it's peaking,"
     
  23. Apple to Developers is "The Marketplace", If she is "Number 1"
    may be most developers "Trusted Apple" fairness and honesty
    in distributing "Intellectual Property" commerce.

    As long as "Honesty" is conserved by App Store in Partnership
    with Developers, ... Apple will be "Number 1" in Mobility Commerce !

    Whosoever can compete with this "Marketplace" should establish
    "The Trust" as "The Fundamental" in business of Software.
     
  24. Weirdly my mate was on about this a few months ago. We were talking about how high Apples shares were and he said eventually when they peak everyone will pull out quickly to make maximum profit and leave them to die.

    Off topic my random question was which company created the ipod... lmao.
     
  25. What crippling of the browser? Apple supports all of the web standards. Flash is not a web standard, it's a proprietary product. Trip hasn't been involved with any major success since the 1980's, and has presided over massive failures. Why listen
     

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