Apple has a unique philosophy. It wants to control virtually every aspect of its products' destinies to keep its brand pure. But that could ultimately hurt the iPhone, which is now facing serious competition from Android-based smartphones. Miguel Helft ponders Apple's philosophy in the New York Times today. Here's one source explaining the conflict:

"Having a tightly controlled ecosystem, which is what Apple has, is a large short-term advantage and a large long-term disadvantage," said Mitchell Kapor, who as founder of the Lotus Development Corporation is a veteran of the PC-versus-Mac wars, and is now an investor in app makers. "The question is, how long is the short term?"

Read the full story at the New York Times.

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