Walled gardens flourish when people will pay more for what's inside, and we're seeing more and more examples of cases when the people will pay the price of admission. Mac laptops may cost two to three times as much as a commodity PC, yet the stores are packed to the limit imposed by the fire code.
The walls are getting thicker. At the launch of the third iPad, Apple bragged about shipping millions and millions of post-PC devices. Deep inside an iPhone is an open source operating system, but only a tiny percentage of customers even know this. Until people know and care about this features, walled gardens will thrive.
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