Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Sep 2009 13:25 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems We have a new chapter in the Palm Pre and iTunes saga. We all remember that the Pre could sync with iTunes, but that Apple wasn't particularly keen on this. The Cupertino company issued an iTunes which intentionally broke Pre syncing, but Palm retorted by re-enabling it not long after. Palm also sent a complaint to the USB Implementers Forum about Apple's behaviour, but the USB-IF squarely sides with Apple.
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The whole of the Apple product design philosophy is based on tying hardware design very closely to software design so as to produce an unusually seamless experience for the user. This design philosophy is what underpins the attraction of Apple products to the consumer and hence the success of the company.

No, its to produce lockin and so increased sales. Then the marketing takes over and talks nonsense about how OSX relates differently to an Intel processor and a standard hard drive and graphics card and main board than some other OS. Integrated! Does that mean the drivers work? Or that the connectors fit?

This is what makes Apple an ethically challenged company, and what makes lots of us want to have nothing to do with it. OS, hardware, or the wonderfully integrated pair of them. Or iTunes either, integrated with the iPod or not.

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