Originally Posted by timAHH
Not in the PC/Windows world. Manufacturers copying some of the physical appearance aspects of Mac books is completely different than switching CPU architectures.
The only industry where Apple holds major clout of what happens next is with smartphones and tablets. Some people would even argue their sway in that market is being diminished (albeit slowly) due to increasing competition from Google and Android.
Just an FYI... Apple had to switch AWAY from PowerPC to x86 and join what PCs had been using for a long time. Software developers are not going to be keen on writing their code for non-x86 machines in the laptop world (arguably Apple's weakest area) to accommodate for a very small percentage of the market.
Oh yes in the PC/Windows world. The Windows 7 taskbar and Aero theme are shameless attempts at the dock & Aqua theme from OS X. Not to mention that once Apple release the Macbook Air, every single computer maker had to create their own version of it, same goes for the iMac way back in 1998 (and companies are STILL trying to copy it).
If you actually look at the Android vs iOS numbers, ever since Verizon got the iPhone, Android's numbers have been slowly shrinking
I love Android, but Google is always just playing catch up to Apple. It's almost as if Google is just waiting to see if what Apple does next is successful, then they copy it as opposed to just being revolutionary. If you want proof, go look up what Android looked like before the release of the iPhone, then look at it after.
That isn't really the reason they switched. They switched over to x86 because Motorola and IBM couldn't improve on the PowerPC design anymore and Apple got tired of waiting around for them to have a "breakthrough", so they jumped ship and went to x86.