Apple and the Dangers of Lock-In

I’m wading through the answer to ’s against it and when I hit page 46 (item 4 bullet 4) I had an “oh crap” moment. is alleging that Apple is intentionally crippling certain so that users can’t tell they are using inferior parts in some of them. It seems Apple has gone to a dual-supplier model in an apparent attempt to force to drop its prices, but the second supplier apparently builds a significantly inferior product—so inferior in fact that even after Apple cripples the -based iPhones they’re still significantly better.

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NOTE: This column was originally published in the .

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