The fundamental purpose of Apple's (AAPL - Get Report) mission is about to change. Building products that utilize the App Store is the biggest money-making opportunity in tech. The key to Apple innovation will be to figure out how to effectively merge multiple functions onto a single device, just as the company did with the iPhone. Right now, the popular phrase in commercials is "there's an app for that." Soon that phrase will evolve into "there's a device for that."
Apple's competitors are working overtime to get their piece of the mobile Web. Google (GOOG) is following the Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) model of the 1990s by touting the openness of Android. Will open beat out the closed Apple model once again? I don't think so.
Technology has grown so intricate that consumers rely on seamless integration to overcome the complexities. Seamless integration does not happen when various companies try to mix and match their solutions.Look at what is required to download the latest versions of Microsoft operating systems. The average Joe can't do it. His old hardware won't support the new stuff, and if it does, then he's dealing with software that doesn't support it. Apple upgrades are, I'm going to use that word again, seamless. The closed ecosystem fills the need of modern technology.
|Apple's approach to the future: seamless technological integration.|