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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Not that Apple cares about one user, but if OS X itself is closed to match the iPhone ecosystem, then no matter how nice I think OS X is (and I really do like it) I'm definitely done with it for good. I can put up with the app store ecosystem on my phone even though I don't like it, but on my computer? No way.
I suspect Apple knows they'd lose almost all of their Mac users by doing this. My guess is they'll keep the Mac as it is, since to do otherwise is likely to lose them a legion of fans. A lot of iPhone users aren't Mac users, and a lot of Mac users hate the iPhone because of the app store issues. I think Apple is smart enough to realize this (say whatever else you might about them, but they're not stupid) and I doubt they'll pull an iPhone on the Mac. If they're dumb enough to try, then they deserve to lose their Mac products altogether.

I am one of those, I love macs but I neither have an iPod (my girlfriend has one though) nor an iPhone nor will I get the iPad. The reason simply is I despise the draconian locks apple has put on those devices left and right.
Copy music on and off the device, iPod doesn´t my Android phone does. Use the device as USB stick without having to reserve an extra partition, my phone does, Apples doesn´t. Allow to install third party programs without going through the app store...
The list goes on and on, and those are not even the technical deficits just the ones being pushed onto the user by Apples politics. But nevertheless I have two macs while alternatives are cheaper, but the Macs serve me better (mainly due to their os, but besides that they are solid) and I still buy them.
But it would mean, if Apple would pull an iPod on their computers, they would loose me and a load of others who jumped onto the platform because it is a good and solid Unix workstation. And developers are a huge market for Apple nowadays. Go to a java centric conference you will see 30-50% macs in the hands of the people there. The others have to use what their companies enforce them to.
I think the developers market for Apple nowadays is bigger than the one from the Ads agencies and graphics artists (which have to some degree already switched to Windows for cost reasons)
Not sure if Apple is aware of that however.

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