I finished Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs earlier this morning. I was captivated by the age-old debate between the closed operating systems of Apple and the open operating systems of Microsoft and Google.
Jobs once said, “The engineering is long gone in most PC companies. In the consumer electronics companies, they don’t understand the software parts of it. And so you really can’t make the products that you can make at Apple anywhere else right now. Apple’s the only company that has everything under one roof.”
Steve Jobs claims that integration gives the best user-experience. He claims that open systems like that of Windows and Android offer inexpensive options – but that they rarely ever work correctly.
Bill Gates admits that Apple’s closed systems give the consumer an incredible product – but he believes the philosophy is only as strong as the leader promoting and protecting the philosophy.
Which side do you lean towards?