Recommended Read: It’s The Tech, Stupid

There’s a bit of hyperbole here, but Steve Cheney makes some good arguments about Apple’s mobile prowess being a technological advantage not just a marketing win:

In the past five years these barriers have become totally insurmountable. iOS is the ultimate platform. Developers make unprecedented money off of it, consumers the world over love it, and Apple owns an entire market’s profits in a non-monopolistic way—unlike platforms past.

Source: On Apple’s Insurmountable Platform Advantage