Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:02 UTC
Apple So, Apple held its usual autumn press get-together just now, and after a few rather uninspiring ones (to me, at least), they finally managed to blow me away, with the new MacBook Air (especially the 11.6" variant). They also gave a sneak peek at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which has... An App Store. An App Store Apple is going to open on Snow Leopard within 90 days.
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RE[2]: Read this!!!
by Moochman on Thu 21st Oct 2010 01:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Read this!!!"
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No reliance on optionally installed technologies? How does that even apply to Java?--it is included in Mac OS (at least currently...) and AFAIK only the Java-Cocoa bridge was deprecated. Adobe AIR apps, and any other apps that utilize third-party runtimes/frameworks (current or as-yet-unimagined) appear to be all locked out. So Apple effectively is trying to extend control over the development environment, just like they did on iOS.

But the kicker is the "No resemblance to Apple products" clause. Note that this is not limited to apps bundled with the Mac. All I can say to this is, fuck off. Seriously. You have got to be fucking kidding me. This is the Mac, not a freaking Gameboy with only licensed cartridges, not a freaking toy. This clause is so anti-competitive it makes Microsoft's bundling of IE and WMP with Windows look like the act of a fucking saint.

Thing is, even if Apple never locks down the Mac platform like they have the iPhone, the majority of users will still probably look to the store to get their apps. So this spells the end of the long tradition of an open platform that offers apps to scratch every user's itch, because it will no longer be economically feasible to produce genuinely useful software that doesn't fit in on the App Store.

P.S. Full-screen apps and app folders are a joke--way to take some of the worst-implemented parts of the iPad and bring them to the Mac, yay!! Also, anyone with half a brain realizes that the lack of a touchscreen has zero to do with the "verticality" and everything to do with legacy software support. Sorry, Apple, but you completely and utterly failed to wow me this time. Mission pissing me off successful though! kthxbye

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