I was 12 years old when the Apple II and IBM PC wars began in the early '80s, before the internet, and I can’t help but draw parallels between then and now, between how computers evolved then, then how smartphones evolved, and now how crypto is evolving. In the early 1980s I had an Atari 400 with a keyboard because they were cheap. There were many cheap computers for people who could not afford or did not need the big 2 - Apple or IBM - kinda like what we call shit coins today. There were Texas Instuments, the Radio Shack TSR-80, The Commodore Vic-20 and Commodore 64, the Atari 400 and Atari 800, and some kind of Mattel computer plus some others. They were all unique and did not run MS-DOS, they had their own uniquely built processors and operating systems. They were few and far between. The number of options was mind boggling and confusing to some. Mass adoption did not really (appear to me) to occur until late 80’s to middle 90’s when all these different platforms migrated to 1 of the 2 big home platforms eihter an IBM Clone (with Microsoft) or an Apple. And the main parallels then became between Microsoft and Apple.
Microsoft dominated the markets. Apple took a back seat for a long time but remained true to their design and marketing. Microsoft took the approach of make everything the consumer needs, as soon as they need it, and fill the market with Microsoft products (then patch them up later?). Apple seemed to take a “do it right the first time” approach to engineering, and strong brand loyalty vice mass numbers.
I am seeing the parallels where Cardano is much like Apple and EOS is much like Microsoft. They both have different approaches and strengths. EOS is like… “phukk!t just get the stuff built and out to the consumers” but not an entirely bad way, Cardano is like “build it right, period” like Apple. Apple is now worth $1.059 trillion dollars and is the most valuable company in the world, compared to Microsoft at $753 billion (still an amazing and fantastic achievement). So Cardano may take longer to get to market value, where EOS is ahead now, history has shown that slow and steady wins the race, and it takes a long time.
Similar parallels can be drawn with smart phone technology from 2005 to the present day.