Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Feb 2010 16:25 UTC
General Development While the iPad can certainly be debated as a product, people on the internet are discussing not the product, but the shift devices like the iPhone and iPad represent: a shift away from a computer being accessible to it being something closed and impenetrable. Is this a future we want for ourselves?
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RE: Comment by Laurence
by jweinraub on Mon 1st Feb 2010 16:54 UTC in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
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The problem is that Apple's early history was all about tinkering and hacking the device. The very first Apple I was all about it, that was the original purpose!

Whilst I believe the iPad should have OS X installed instead, perhaps in the future it would.

I don't disagree with you that the locking down the device is deplorable on its own. And the vast majority of Apple's customers don't care if it is locked down.

Just like any business, Apple is in the business of selling products for a profit. While today it seems that Apple is alienating their original customers, the hacker (using the original definition of the word, not what the media uses these days).

Is this Steve's doing? I don't know. Though it seems like it is the exact opposite of what his mantra is, perhaps they will make more open products.

I really can't see them making the Mac into an iPad like device, that only way to install software is to use an App Store.

That will single-handedly destroy the company and the shareholders won't be pleased.

I think what people expected the tablet to be was too high, but in this case, I really think using iPhone OS was a mistake and unfortunately, I don't think Apple will get it that changing the OS would make it more successful. Enough people use Mac OS to know how to use it already.

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