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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RE[5]: Comment by Richie97
by lemur2 on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 22:43 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Richie97"
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That's a very good point. If the iPhone and iPad become popular ways to access the web, then the restrictions on what those devices can do with the sites they access will start to affect the design of websites. If the iPhone helps kill Flash, that may be a good thing. ;) But if it lets Apple start controlling what's possible with the Web, and start controlling what web technologies can and cannot be used, then that's a problem that affects more than just iPhone and iPad users.

Fortunately, it is possible right now to get a smartphone that doesn't constrain you to Apple's restricted web.

We just need a decent ARM-based tablet to arrive with 10+ hours battery life, Pixel Qi touchscreen display, USB ports, an ethernet port, and HDMI and/or DisplayPort video output(s), with a good full-featured and well-integrated version of Linux (possibly Android, possibly Qt/Maemo, maybe KDE4/Plasma-netbook, maybe even Moblin) and the iPad would look utterly silly in comparison.

A silly device (compared to the competition) would capture only an insignificant portion of the market, despite even Apple's marketing spin, and hence the web content providers would then be able to safely ignore the limitations of the iPad, and provide content for everyone that firefox mobile could render but which the iPad couldn't.

Edited 2010-02-03 22:51 UTC

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