Apple- and Internet-based market acceleration, although the trend is not limited to devices
Some analysts trace the origin of this blockbuster-or-bust mentality to Apple. Each release of the company’s popular iPads and iPhones crosses over into being a mainstream media event. Al Hilwa, an analyst at the research firm IDC, described the accelerated lifecycle of high-end hardware as “Darwinian.”
“There’s a level of desperation from anyone whose name is not Apple,” said Mr. Hilwa.