There’s an interesting article over at Business Insider, about how Chrome is kicking Safari’s butt currently, and how that will lead to the downfall of Apple as a company. Maybe I should just pull out a quote at this point so you get the idea.
Last time, theÂ softwareÂ platform that killed Apple was Microsoft’s Windows. This time, the software platform that is threatening to kill Apple is Google’s Android/Chrome.
Oh, c’mon Henry Blodget. That’s a load of crap. I’m literally howling with some kind of D word. What could that be?
Apple fans howl with derision at the suggestion that this could be deja vu all over again.Â Apple is CRUSHING everyone, they point out. TheÂ iPhone is way better than any Android phone. The App Store is miles ahead of the competition. The joy of Macs and iPads are the seamless integration of hardware and software. And so on.
DERISION! That’s the word I was looking for. But let’s just get to the crux of this argument:
Over the past 20 months,Â Chrome’s browser market share has gone from 0% to 7%.Â Apple Safari’s market share, meanwhile, has gone from 3% to 5%.Â (See theÂ detailed share shifts here).
Extrapolate those trends for a few more years, and Apple will be left with the same thing it was eventually left with in the PC market: a niche.Â Google, meanwhile, will be on its way to overtakingÂ Microsoft and Firefox.
Alright, so the thing here is that Apple will eventually die out because they’re focusing on the hardware/software side of things with the iPhone and iPad, while Google supports a more universal standard. That’s what Microsoft did in the ’80s and ’90s, and that’s what Google is doing now.
Has Henry used Chrome? Has he used it on a Mac?
Let me state my personal opinion here: Google Chrome blows. I really, really want to like it, but it just breaks all the time. I’m constantly waiting for websites to load, watching the entire program freeze up, and getting more error messages that I thought were possible. I’m sure on a PC it’s just the bees knees, but right now I think it needs a little bit more spit and polish for the Mac before it’s ready to suit up in its Napoleon uniform.
But more importantly, even if Chrome did win the browser wars, we’re all going to need some device to access the internet. Apple builds those devices. As of right now, Google builds subs out a phone, and their browser is mediocre at best. If Apple has the machines to access the Internet, then they’re most likely going to use software they want to use – like Safari.
Is it something to be concerned about? Sure, I guess. But for now, I’ll be just fine with Safari. When Chrome gets its act together, I’ll be a bit more apt to agree. Until then, I still think that Apple wins overall, if not the browser wars directly.