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How Apple Gets Away with Restrictive Policies

April 23, 2010 7:13:18.584

Numbers like these out of Japan help:

The iPhone, offered by Japan’s third-largest wireless carrier Softbank Corp., accounted for 72 percent of smartphones shipped in the country in the period, the Tokyo-based researcher said in a report yesterday. Taiwan’s HTC Corp. was second with 11 percent, followed by Toshiba Corp. with 6.8 percent, it said.

Lots of people are unhappy with the new development rules for the iPhone/ipad - but has that unrest translated into lower sales? Based on the Wired story I linked to last night, I'd have to say no. Apple has realized something pretty important: their target market loves these devices, and based on the size of the market, there's simply not going to be a "developer strike".

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