Is Apple a monopoly?

From Benedict Evans’ slide show “Tech in 2020: Standing on the shoulders of giants“:

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Video: A taste of Evans—formerly at Andreessen Horowitz, now at Entrepreneur First—at Davos this year…

My take: Batman speaks the truth.


  1. Fred Stein said:
    1) Yes we need examine the regulatory issues. These hearing usually serve as a PR stunt for legislators.
    2) The most important issues are our rights to security and privacy; and network neutrality.
    3) Nice to see Evans bar charts – fun… More

    July 7, 2020
  2. Fred Stein said:
    More.. on bar charts. We could also ask.
    1) What share of App Store revenue falls under the 30% charge? A: 15%
    2) What is Apple’s share of the entire gaming business? or just on-line mobile gaming? A: Don’t know, but it is NOT dominant
    3) What is Apple’s share of all streaming content, including blogs, video, music, books, etc? A: Small. Don’t care. Pointless
    4) We could go on…. and on…

    July 7, 2020
  3. Grady Campbell said:
    Benedict Evans is who the committee needs to have testify; they would learn a lot more than they will from the CEOs
    Or they should at least read his slides.

    July 7, 2020
  4. David Humphrey said:
    Hey Disney, what percent of add on revenues inside your parks do you realize?

    Hey cruise ship, how is it that 100% of the purchases on board, after one pays for “the room” go to the cruise line?

    Hey sports team, how come I cannot bring my own food and beer into the park, and I have to use your vendors.

    Hey mister house builder, can I use my own subcontractors on the house I am building, yours are too expensive?

    July 7, 2020
    • David Emery said:
      A friend arranged to do the flooring in his new house, builder would hand house over to him as subcontractor, he’d finish the flooring (his wife worked for a flooring company so they got top-of-the-line flooring), and then builder would get final inspection and they’d close on the house.

      Builder was a real jerk, and didn’t do a lot of stuff correctly. The kicker was when the building inspector wouldn’t sign off on the unfinished room over the garage because it wasn’t framed correctly (insufficient joist spacing.) Builder said to my friend, “take it or leave it.” My friend talked to his friend who was a lawyer, and they filed a $10k mechanic’s lien on the property for the flooring. Builder got VERY COOPERATIVE once he had no marketable title. 🙂 🙂

      July 7, 2020

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