It’s certainly not like Apple’s in danger of going out of business or having developers flee its platforms, which is what people who smell like Henry Blodget want us to think is going to happen. Yes, it matters that Apple’s profitable so that it continues to stay in business and it matters that the iOS and Mac ecosystems are prospering so that developers will continue to spray us in the face with a hose of 99-cent apps. But is it going to affect your game of Zombieville if Apple is the #1 seller of smartphones or the #2 seller of smartphones? No.
Interesting point. Even if iOS loses significant marketshare to another platform, it may not matter.
Apple is already the most profitable PC manufacturer in the world, even though the Mac has a very low marketshare among PCs. We’re all happily buying and using Macs, and making, selling, and using Mac software, even though it’s the minority platform by far.