Apple doesn't have anything to worry about even with SJ as chairman instead of CEO. They are so far ahead of the competition because of so many factors that its ridiculous if you think about it. They will continue to innovate and release products that change the way the world works. Like it or not, if it weren't for the iphone and iPad the mobile and portable computing world would be a different place. None of the copycat companies would have come up with these types of products or any kind of product eco-system. There would be no Android in the form it exists today and no Samsung Galaxy products. Maybe in name but they wouldn't have had iOS to show them how its done.
This is an interesting read, he makes some good points:
With the demise of the TouchPad along with HP's eagerness to abandon the consumer computing market completely, the market for non-iPad tablets isn't looking good for the near future. Many believe what HP has done will have negative impact and repercussions for that market, and that they did what they did because they know the iPad will dominate for a long time. They threw in the towel and surrendered to the iPad.
For one, customers are now going to second guess any non-iPad tablet they might purchase now (as they should). Will it be supported and still be around in the near future or will it be another flop ? Many are projecting the tablet market will shape-up like the iPod market where the iPod dominated, even though it wasn't the best sounding MP3 player.
Then you have Google buying Motorola. No matter what Google says I can't see how that's good for the other 3rd party Android device manufacturers. How can they even trust Google in the 1st place after the way they back-stabbed Apple ?
I believe Apple goes too far with the patents, I don't like all the ridiculous patents but many of them are valid and there are a couple of strong reasons behind Apple's. Apple was burned big time when they didn't patent their intellectual properties in the past. I think their current patent claim about "slide to unlock" is silly and stupid and I hope Apple loses that one its a dangerous precedent.
But that aside, Samsung were well known to be a copycat company long before iPhones etc. existed. They don't invent or innovate anything. Before they started making decent TV's a few years ago they were a 3rd rate cheap electronics and components company that wished they were Sony.
iPad is the only tablet being adopted by Enterprises and one of the main reasons is Android is a huge Malware target while iOS is secure and malware free according to several security companies.
With the product and app eco-system they have built up, the gaming potential, AirPlay being adopted by all kinds of CE manufacturers, iPhone getting into China, cheap iPhone 4 coming.. they are sitting pretty.
To say they can't compete while they are leading the way and obliterating the competition is a JOKE.