While global headlines mourn the death of Steve Jobs, the world is moving on. iPhones are still doing well in the market but the share is slipping fast. iSuppli expects that in 2012, more low-end smart phones will ship than iPhones. For 2011, they expect iPhone will have 29% of smart phones shipped but in 2012, the share will drop to 18%. A similar fate awaits the iPad as Amazon sells tablets at or below costs. Again, FLOSS is very profitable for those who see value in other things than licences. Oracle’s, Apple’s and M$’s attempts to tax Android/Linux are doomed to fail. M$ has had the most success but earned very little from its tax and Google is fighting back.
The issues of patents is a house of cards soon to fall under its own weight. Samsung and Apple are in a mutually assured destruction battle and the same will happen to all the players unless patents are kicked out of software.