Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Mar 2010 21:55 UTC
Legal I guess this is what some people would call "karma". Apple may shout off the rooftops that it invented multitouch, and that anyone else using it is clearly stealing it from them - but another company has taken offence to that, and has slapped the Cupertino giant with a patent infringement suit over multitouch.
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Why apple is evil
by Neolander on Thu 1st Apr 2010 08:38 UTC
Neolander
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2010-03-08

For those who ask why Apple is more evil than others.

Like google, Apple are especially dangerous because they want to control everything, which is the most basic definition of a dictatorship.

On OSX, if you want to use latest processor capabilities, you need Cocoa. If you want to use Cocoa, you need to completely re-do the UI part of your program. If you want to do that easily, you need to completely re-write your whole program in Objective C.
What is objective C ? An object-oriented variant of C, similar to C++ in its goal but with an (imo) more complex syntax and focus on OSX-specific capabilities. Basically, porting an Objective-C app on another OS is possible, but complicated. That's one of the reasons why it's not used much outside out of the apple world, along with the fact that most dev do not want to be dependent on anything Jobs says is right for his programming language.

Let's sum it up : you want to use a 64-bit processor, and you end up re-writing your whole app in a language that's only used in the Apple world. After some times, you finally get used to Objective C and can't get rid of it, so you've totally become an Apple minion.

More examples ? To develop an iPhone app without re-writing the SDK, you need a Mac and you need to use Objective C again. And just in case you would like to write a C/C++ version of the iPhone SDK, remember : your app has to be analyzed by Apple before it gets on the App store, and chances are that if they can't understand how it works, it won't be accepted.

The App Store itself is another example of Apple's philosophy of "control everything". There's nothing wrong with signed repositories as long as one does not absolutely depends on them in order to install some app. Otherwise, it's effectively a computery dictatorship.

And then there's the 40€ USB cable, the obligation of buying Apple hardware, the infamous iTunes system... Few companies get that amount of control on all their customers. It's not sane.

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