Not Sure About This Analogy

Darrell Etherington, in a piece headlined “Why the iPad’s 95.5% Market Share Means Nothing, Yet”:

Right now, claiming that Apple is dominating the tablet market is a little like saying Alexander Graham Bell dominated the telephone industry in 1876. By almost all accounts, the iPad forged its own niche, and left competitors scrambling to catch up. But, as with the telephone, that doesn’t mean competitors won’t catch up.

If only Bell had managed to create a massive monopoly that lasted a century and ended only when the government broke it apart.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010