Today, John Nack (Photoshop PM) wrote about the core issue; business. As I mentioned, my opinion is that Jobs is trying to use his social status to effect a market coup. In the past, he’d do this with some serious technical backup. The last several years, however, lead me to believe that Jobs thinks his role is changing, that he no longer has to actually compete and show his products are better. Instead, he just wants you to assume he’s right and to take him at his word. Many folks do, so perhaps he’s right from a marketing standpoint. Industry statistics clearly show that from a technical point, he’s dead wrong.
Let’s be clear: Jobs is adopting the Microsoft policy of quelling competitive innovation. Only he’s not doing it by coughing up cash to buy the competition, he’s just saying the competition sucks and he won’t allow it. Again, he’s wrong. And he’s being a hypocrite.