Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Feb 2010 23:25 UTC, submitted by Chicken Blood
Apple The beauty of the internet is such that every opinion has become worthless; this goes doubly so for those with publish buttons on (relatively, we're humble) major websites. For every opinion, there's a matching counter-opinion, and that's great. Yesterday, we linked to an article by Mark Pilgrim about tinkerers and the iPad, and of course, someone was bound to disagree with that one.
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It comes down to the target audience
by mrhasbean on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 00:05 UTC
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Although there is certainly a crossover between the two, the target audience for the iPhone, iTouch, iPad is different to that of OSX. OSX is for users who require the full gamut of applications and resources provided by a "desktop" operating system whereas the iPhone, iTouch and iPad operating systems are targeted at devices and users that require only a subset of applications, connectivity and functions as well as tools that aren't suited to a "desktop" OS.

Take, for example, my mother-in-law. We gave her my old 17" PowerBook. She uses it for some email, web access and playing a few games. Occasionally she prints some stuff that she types up in AppleWorks word processor or spreadsheet. On numerous occasions she has come across Mac apps - mainly games - on the 'net that caught her eye, and a few times has downloaded them only to find the machine doesn't meet the required specs. The App Store solves this for the iPad - which would be a perfect device for her - and could even alleviate this problem for Mac apps - iTunes has access to the machine's hardware so "knows" whether a particular app will run or not. So for this audience, those who aren't in any way technologically minded, this method is a godsend.

So the two are completely different, and although I can see Apple making a move to allow the purchase and download of Mac applications through the App Store - this would be a valid and prudent business move for them - I don't believe they will tie the OS to it. I agree it would be suicide to do so, and I also believe they know that. For the consumer market though, the App Store (as has been proven by it's target audience) is an incredible success, whether some people like it or not.

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