Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Jan 2012 15:13 UTC
Mac OS X "It's no longer possible to write a single app that takes advantage of the full range of Mac OS X features. Some APIs only work inside the Mac App Store. Others only work outside it. Presumably, this gap will widen as more new features are App Store-exclusive, while sandboxing places greater restrictions on what App Store apps are allowed to do." Anybody surprised by this, here's the clue stick. Please proceed to hit yourself with it.
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RE: Not unexpected!
by krreagan on Fri 27th Jan 2012 15:56 UTC in reply to "Not unexpected!"
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Keep in mind that the percentage of people that tinker is extremely low and of no concern to Apples bottom line. People in general are more interested in applications and couldn't care less about tinkering.

Obviously not being able to connect to a USB device is not important to most people. Personally with the WiFi syncing I don't care either.

Look to the car industry as a corollary... People use to tinker with their cars a lot (including me), now cars are so complicated you can't work on one with out specific training... so very few people tinker anymore. The same is happening to the PC industry, it's maturing.

After getting an iPad (1st gen) my time on my Mac has decreased by about 80%. I use to hack all the time (Linux then FBSD) now I don't have the time or inkling because I have specific tasks to accomplish (including three kids) and hacking isn't one of them.

Apple doesn't force you into their ecosystem, you have a choice. I don't see the restrictions as being all that constraining to what I want to do, so I put up with it. And "it just works" seems to be what JQP is after as well as me.

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