David Sobotta has a point when he asks Will iOS Become Apple’s Windows XP? at ReadWrite. Apple will struggle to get users to jump to a next generation mobile operating system. And that could be a brake on innovation.
There’s no pressing need for Apple to move on at the moment, but things move fast in the mobile world and iOS could quickly find itself too far behind one or more rivals. I know of people who argue Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 are already out in front – although that’s not really true.
Apple’s biggest challenge will be deciding whether it needs to do a Microsoft and maintain backwards compatibility when the major upgrade comes. I’m told by people in the industry that’s the real problem.