Stanislav, eccentric operating system designer of Loper OS, points out the obvious about Apple's unique position in the tech industry.
I argue that Apple now has not one but two monopolies:
- A nearly-total monopoly on computer (and pocket computer) systems designed with good taste.
- A total monopoly on the Microsoft-free, hassle-free personal computer.
It goes on to say that Apple's exceptionally good and coherent design depends upon Steve Jobs magic, which I don't think is true. Other companies could deliver good and coherent design — in fact, there's a lot of room to do categorically better design than Apple's — but other companies don't. It's not that they don't know how, it's that they don't understand what design is.