Move along, nothing to see
Apple _could_ knock Nokia off of the top slot in smartphones? Heck, so could a lot of folks, Microsoft, Samsung, HTC, Google, etc - so excuse me if I'm not exactly impressed by that bit of prediction. Lord, even Palm is (big stretch of the imagination) a possible Nokia-beater!
Secondly, Apple are "more focused on smartphones than Nokia". Errm, that's arguable - Apple has one phone model (albeit in 3G and non-3G version) at present, and they seem to be pushing the idea that phones are _merely_ one product in their line - along with the various desktop PC's, laptops, media players etc.
Next idea - that network operators will be happy to have the iPhone accessing their network willy-nilly. From what I've seen that's a non-starter - heck some operators are even taking out stuff like VoIP apps etc. Plus "delivering network operator APIs through the iPhone would allow the platform to rapidly gain 'missing' features" - anyone out there quite happy to buy an 'inferior' device and then have to spend more money adding the features that the manufacturer took out or left out?
My main objection to this bit of Apple fanboi-ness is that it seems to assume Nokia will continue to bumble along, while Apple generates all the gee-whiz factors. Fan-boi's apart, can anyone see a company the size of Nokia (with all the engineers they have) sitting on their hands while an upstart tries to take over? (Especially in the current climate!)
Don't get me wrong - I'm not anti-iPhone at all - I think it's done a great job of forcing Samsung, Nokia et al to raise their game. Conversely, I'm not ready to join the throngs of faithful either.
As to the report, based on the data given here, I'd rate it as "C-"... :-p