Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Apr 2010 08:57 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Apple's current - and in our opinion, objectionable - position is now close to the complete opposite of its initial stance. From promoting openness and standards, the company is now pushing for an ever more locked-down and restricted platform. It's bad for competition, it's bad for developers, and it's bad for consumers. I hope that there will be enough of a backlash that the company is forced to reconsider, but with the draw of all those millions of iPhone (and now, iPad) customers, I fear that Apple's developers will, perhaps with some reluctance, just accept the restriction and do whatever Cupertino demands."
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Apple & Cross-platform
by Junius on Sat 10th Apr 2010 12:01 UTC
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The contemporary impression of Apple seems to be that they provide their users with a neat little consistent and competent software ecosystem created and controlled from within.

Many of my Apple user friends like this model, especially the not so technically minded ones for whom the 'one job one app' mentality works out great; my girlfriend for example buys all her software straight from the apple website and despite my pleadings to shop around a bit loves the simplicity and security of it all, and after all: if your OS provider can also supply you with a tightly integrated suite of applications that look and feel the way they 'should' it improves the OS and enhances user experience for all concerned.

So if Apple's (IMO draconian) approach to their software ecosystem is so great for users why are vlc, firefox, openoffice et al usually the first things any new user will install?

More to the point when will Apple realise that this freedom is a good thing for them and their users? F/OSS & 3rd part software can fill nice gaps left by Apple's own offerings (im sure VLC is just as invaluable on mac as it is on Linux) and even point out possible future directions for Apple's software business to pursue (Photoshop type applications are used a lot on Mac and the users love the convenience of vlc in regard to codecs - from Apple's point of view thats free market research isn't it?)

As for the users who like to have an Apple badge on all their stuff: well they probably wouldn't go for the 3rd party stuff anyway and will still be buying the Apple branded products.

I know this is mainly an issue for the ipad and friends but Apple's 'logic' on this issue is (for me anyway) mind boggling; they're just going to end up shooting themselves in the foot in the long run, I just hope the users won't get too screwed over in the process.

[EDIT] The English language is a temperamental mistress without my morning coffee ;)

Edited 2010-04-10 12:05 UTC

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