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You are right of course, that it is a gross generalisation. But Thom is writing about how he wonders if there is something in store to fix the desktop interface. I seriously doubt it. I believe it is broken by design.
Again maybe I am being paranoid, but the changes coming from both sides really seem to make it clear that everything they are doing is deliberate and intentional with the end goal of have closed ecosystems where they approve all apps and take a chunk of the profit for every sale, whether deserved or not.
It is frustrating and I wonder why it isn't called out more. I guess some of that is that there is no 'proof', but it is still troublesome to watch.