NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The technology sector appears to be abandoning an old working concept, one akin to the separation of the branches of government. For years it's been understood that OEM partnerships was the effective model -- which is to split the makers of hardware from those that specialize in software. That's the way it had to be. With the exception of Apple (AAPL - Get Report), nobody has been able to do both successfully or take advantage of a unified platform.However, seeing as Apple is outperforming by being its own hardware and software supplier, its rivals have started to mirror that model and hoping for similar results. But will it work? I think that's a bit premature for anyone to say. However, at the very least, just having a unified platform without the right visionary does not necessarily guarantee success either -- just ask Research In Motion (RIMM), which is now on the verge of suffering the same death as Palm while both had the Apple-like benefit of their own. Clearly there is more to it than that. Nonetheless, that's not enough to stop others from trying.
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