So it looks like I’m not the only one saying that Apple is changing recently. Now the LA Times ran a story in the business section entitled Is Apple Losing Some of its Shine…Recent moves to impose control risk alienating loyalists" where I got a brief mention after speaking to reporter Michelle Quinn twice last week. It was also picked up on Newsday.com Even my new buddy Fake Steve Jobs referenced it yesterday (his book is available from Amazon on the right margin of this blog, BTW.)
All in all, even while Apple’s stock is making meteoric gains (remind me, why DID I leave Apple?) they seem to be losing ground with the faithful, or at least the historically faithful. With Apple now serving as the protector of their platform rather than providing an open playground, they are bound to ruffle a few feathers. I think we’re just at the beginning of Apple’s transformation from computer company to consumer electronics juggernaut with lots more growing pains ahead.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple introducing products first for Windows or playing to their strength as the only provider of the Universal PC their Intel-powered platform now offers.
Time will tell.