Be mass or be niche players, both offer the road to market they aim for. For the technology field, we see open standards and close standards. Open standard aims to establish as the industry standard or even licensing it for other vendors to produce or use it. On the other hand, we continue to see closed standard vendors, aiming for end to end lock down control.
From the market point of view, open standards are less risky to adopt, since it is easy to access substitutions when the need and circumstances did arise. Open standard and allow as many producers and makers to take part in it, and put them into open market competition, and offer a variety of specification and price point products for the market, as you can see, this is what PC market mainstream is about. In particular for Wintel (Windows and Intel), where we can have Linux and AMD for substitutions. And it is open standard, and allows 3rd parties to come into the picture to make contributions for what they are good at, this is why we have GPU graphic cards to accelerate and level up the gaming experience and running graphic intensive applications for industrial workstation.
Regardless how Apple is breakthrough in their Mac hardware and Mac OS or iOS with their new M1 series processor, where Apple eventually can remove Intel processor and use their very own CPU and keep claim for how good and how performance and power efficiency, it only appeal to niche Mac market who use Apple ecosystem. It is a vendor locked down and monopoly business. At the time, no nVidia GPU card support, even so they captured 83% of the global market share for GPU, where AMD is 17%. Windows 11 at the time confirmed no plan for M1 edition, so the most popular operating system in the planet maintained at least 70% over the years will not allow Mac to use not really the operating system that matters, but the ecosystem it created for running various applications for all kinds of purposes. And one of the new features of the native support Android app makes it very clear for even to the near future how it will continue to dominate the market, it is about the power for open standards and ecosystem that allow all kinds of vendors to participate that is good for everyone.
I do not say Mac and what they move is wrong, for the higher level perspective, the niche play, maybe is still the best they can do, as you need to be different. As we can expect to see if Apple opens standard, then itself may not be able to hold the competition, as right now, from hardware to software, Apple makes it all themselves for total lockdown. You can see it as a good sign and bad sign.
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