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In a new meeting published by Businessweek today, wherein Sam Grobart takes a seat with Apple CEO Tim Cook, and SVPs Craig Federighi and Jony Ive, Cook discuss a number of things, consisting of the comparison that’s typically made in between the trajectory of Windows and Mac early on, and the present heading for Android and iOS.

‘Microsoft kept things the exact same, and the level of fragmentation was not as much,” Cook told Grobart in the BW interview. “There just were not so many derivative works out there with Windows.”

The quote is dealing with the commonly-made comparison between Apple’s very early development in desktop computing and its current circumstance with mobile, Microsoft made Windows readily available to any OEM partners, leaving PC hardware to other business while concentrating on software application, whereas Apple wouldn’t accredit its Mac OS (other than for a quick, and fell short experiment), and constructed devices internal married to the software application they themselves crafted.

Naturally, individuals argue based upon that contrast that Apple is movinged towards problem with the current Android/iOS picture. Windows eventually rose to control the pc market near-completely with its OEM partner model, while Apple’s share diminished, though it ultimately took a financially rewarding, if fairly small piece of the marketplace (and is probably now winning, thanks to iPad sales). But Cook states that the iOS scenario is different, and doesn’t Apple’s mobile devices slipping to anywhere near those reduced market share portions.

Part of that’s due to Android’s fragmentation problem, which Cook likewise enters into in the BW piece. He points out that people on Android are often utilizing 3 or four-year old OS software on their gadgets by the time they update, which he says ‘would resemble me right now having in my pocket iOS 3,’ per Grobart. The fragmentation makes it so that Cook does not ‘think of Android as one thing,’ he informs BusinessWeek, which is why the situation is various from Windows: With Microsoft’s desktop OS, it issues updates without having to worry about carrier approval, and Windows does not get forked and re-skinned the way that Android does.

Cook addresses lots of various other topics in the complete job interview, including how Apple did not set out to build an inexpensive iPhone with the iPhone 5c (simply an excellent gadget that costs less than the flagship variation), and how Ive and Federighi manage their intensely collaborative working relationship and rolls, so it’s absolutely worth heading over to read in full.

The perspective Apple’s existing Chief Executive Officer holds regarding Apple’s mobile market fight and how it does or doesn’t mirror previous experience is specifically interesting, nonetheless, given how rapidly the contrast seems to leap to the minds of analysts and onlookers. Obviously, it’s likewise possible that Android’s adaptability could help it stay clear of getting replaced by next-generation gadget kinds the way the PC was buffeted by the iPad, but it’s far too soon to tell in any case.