» ‘Every empire crumbles’

Victor Keegan, writing for the Guardian, thinks all the cool has gone out of the iPhone and that smartphones from other vendors have already overtaken it:

Apple is losing its hip and unpredictable edge as it risks being left behind by the very technology it helped to proliferate…

Make no mistake, these are going to be difficult times for Apple. Jobs’s resuscitation of the company after it nearly collapsed, is one of the great corporate turnarounds of US business history. But gratitude also belongs to history. From now on, Apple faces stiff competition on all fronts.

He certainly paints a very dark picture of the company’s future.

Wait, did I say “iPhone”? I’m sorry, I meant iPod. And it appears that this is from back in 2006. What a silly mistake. This is so embarrassing.

For someone, anyway.