It’s great to see the “old” John Dvorak back. You remember him – he’s the guy who would take the exact same info the rest of us have, pass it through his Bizzaro World filter and then pass a gaseous column worthy of the name “batshit crazy”.
In recent years, Bizarro Dvorak has lost ground to Rob Enderle as the go to guy for writing pulled out of one’s own ass but he’s come back with a PC Mag column worth its weight in Fool’s Gold.
Several times throughout the case, the same point was driven home: the Android phone is identical to, and perhaps better than, the iPhone.
The case and its results, because of Apple testimonies, make it sound as if Apple was suing because a better product evolved.
The obvious question is, “What case was Dvorak watching?”
While fanboys of all stripes may argue about the minutiae of the trial, the average consumer heard only one thing on their local news – “Apple sued Samsung and won”. That’s it. Nothing more. No one not intimately familiar with the trial would have gotten any other message than that.
As always, Dvorak leaves his best for last:
When the iPhone 5 arrives shortly, it will be crunch time for the company. If this is the end of the line for the iPhone, you can point to this lawsuit as the tipping point. It may be the last important iPhone.
I’ve often said, I love these kinds of “Pundit Pronouncements” if only because they are always wrong. Dvorak himself has been more wrong more times than any of us can count. This is the guy who said the original iPhone would be a flop, the iBook would be a flop, the iMac would be a flop and who said, “After this year’s showing, I doubt we’ll ever see another Macworld Expo…” That was two years ago.
Dvorak is famous for his revisionism – or maybe it’s just his inability to remember things clearly. He says, “I’m reminded of how the little-known MP3 gained popularity when the RIAA filed various lawsuits.”
Anyone who lived through the Nineties knows the MP3 format was most certainly NOT “little known”. It was arguably the most popularly transferred non-compressed files on the internet – besides porn. 🙂
So – welcome back John. We’ve missed you!
(thanks to Ted Landau for the link)