Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 22:54 UTC
Mac OS X And so the iOS-ification of Mac OS X continues. Apple has just announced that all applications submitted to the Mac App Store have to use sandboxing by March 2012. While this has obvious security advantages, the concerns are numerous - especially since Apple's current sandboxing implementation and associated rules makes a whole lot of applications impossible.
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double edged sword
by JeffS on Fri 4th Nov 2011 16:06 UTC
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Apple has proven that it's going to do whatever the heck it wants to, complaints by techies be damned, and keep on raking in the cash.

This latest move makes sense from a security stand point. Ideally, all apps should be sand boxed. You kind of get that with Java and .Net apps (or any other VM, mangaged code runtime/language).

However, it's a bit of double edged sword because sand boxing can cause huge limitations on what apps can do. Ultimately, this has the potential of reducing the value of the Mac platform. If all apps on a Mac can do is simple games or twitter type apps, then real useful stuff like Photoshop will be well, less useful. This won't affect the average user who just browses the web or plays games. But it will push away the professional market, or just general productivity workers.

In short, it could reduce the Mac platform to just games and web browsing. Well, iOS is essentially there already.

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