Steve Jobs Is A Genius Control Freak http://bit.ly/btB0ew No surprise but explanation of why it’s paying off.
A lot of it has to do with securing and maintaining power over various mobile ecosystem players. And here’s how Apple does that – technically, strategically, and psychologically.
Discussion of the advantages of the tight control over ecosystem – such as the ability to be nimble with processors (changing family or custom versions of ARM built only for Apple); keeping small enough to not have a monopoly (by any definition) to abuse; and more.
Like it or not, but the closed system, Apple-knows-best approach does seem to be working for Apple even if the Open Source, Open Internet folk aren’t so keen.