Saw an article the other day which suggested Apple could drop the theft based model and essentially Netflix both Google and Facebook while getting on the right side of regulators by taking up the public interest. They have an opportunity to decapitalize both FB and Google and take their revenue. I’d find the article again and cite it but at the end of the article it tried to cite the deceptive tripe “duck duck go” in a positive light. Of course it would be a bit surprising because apple has a ridgid platform that has been all about jamming adsand annoying microtransactions and seeding abusive addictive behaviors.
Still, how very interesting if Apple stopped stealing people’s info and stopped stealing people’s attention, time and attentional momentum and stopped spying and stopped snitching and instead offered honest un-sponsor censored search etc. Google’s search was never all that great and it wasn’t the actual search that required the huge data centers. Google’s search success was in large part from having a blank start page. Yahoo and Bing failed because they were obvious noise jammers. Look at Google’s Chrome books- 8 years later they still have broken shift keys that render them almost unuseable. Look at their Stadia, they hired Phill Harrison and he did what he always does. Look where their Waymo is at. And their android auto- no one wants to be captive force fed ads or ankle braceleted. As for Face Book look at GTA’s “Life Invader” mission. A critical mass of people see Face Book for what it is.
Both Face Book and Google are more and more recognized as being the gouge side of the value proposition. Its interesting to think there could be some competition instead of collusion.
Apple could easily demolish Google and Facebook’s enclosure movements. Article suggested that Apple may do its own VPNs. I think it may do its own cell network. It faces Tesla’s Starlink which has now been confirmed will do mobile phones globally and not just rural and also suddenly Starlink is 10gbs down and 100mbs up and under 10ms (if memory serves) latency. What happened to Google Fiber?
Apple also faces Huewei and similar ambitions from Amazon. Jobs threatened AT&T with mesh phones. Nothing seems more dumb than Zoom- like paying for the long distance scam again while they use data centers to measure your nose with calipers- it should be open source p2p. Apple might have some success with its glasses but seems unlikely it can take on Tesla in cars and those Tesla’s will become mesh nodes that use Starlink for trans-oceanic. Apple needs a differientiator.
Its unfortunate MS got ahold of OpenAI as that group is supposedly doing some good work it both robotics and AI. Gates recently showed his true natural gas green washer colors shorting Tesla. But point is FB and Google are looking like feckless legacy auto makers and cable companies.
Whatever Apple does is likely to be centralized
but just having hardware and software that isn’t a sponsor spyware platform and provides a alternative that is a replacement for that system of abuse would be huge.
It could be one place for SAFE to reside until it has its own nodes and phone options. And it could provide a bit of shelter also for more honest developers. Phone maufactueres are going to have to become ISPs and that fits Apple’s going vertical.