One one hand, of course, none of this matters a damn. A good idea transcends the basic logistical technology that originally delivered it, which is why we’re still reading newspapers even though we don’t use hot metal type, and why we still listen to “radio” stations even though they’re delivered over the internet rather than using radio waves. (Pleasing aside: Of course, if you listen to an internet radio station wirelessly over Wi-Fi, you are using radio waves. And a second: My parents’ generation would have called a radio set “a wireless.”)
But on the other hand, man, Apple has to be careful here. Technology companies are killed not because they make bad products but because they fail to recognize and embrace wider social changes sweeping everything along. Famously, Bill Gates acknowledged that Microsoft never saw the internet coming, and you could argue the company never quite recovered from that misstep.