Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Jun 2009 13:25 UTC
Apple During last week's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple introduced a new iPhone model, the iPhone 3GS, which comes, among other things, with a faster processor and more RAM. Since this is a developers' conference, there were also numerous sessions on iPhone development, and the last session was about publishing on the App Store. Since every session at every WWDC is always followed by an open Q&A session, you'd figure this'd be the perfect opportunity for iPhone developers to ask about Apple's App Store policies. Well, no.
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RE[2]: what a sharp contrast
by SlackerJack on Tue 16th Jun 2009 16:37 UTC in reply to "RE: what a sharp contrast"
SlackerJack
Member since:
2005-11-12

Well yes actually you do. The iPhone doesn't belong to whoever buys it, you're merely rent it. It's the same for their OS's as well, you license it off them rather than own it.

It's a known fact these proprietary companies do such things,(Apple in this case) since you give away your rights and freedom agreeing to their licenses.

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RE[3]: what a sharp contrast
by dragossh on Tue 16th Jun 2009 17:27 in reply to "RE[2]: what a sharp contrast"
dragossh Member since:
2008-12-16

You’re not giving away anything. No company can take your rights away.

You don’t rent the iPhone, you buy a unit of it. Be it subsidized or not. Likewise, you don’t license the OS, you buy a copy of it and you can do whatever you want with it since it’s your propriety. I can use the OS X DVD to cut cheese or tear the DVD apart if I want.

Don’t be fooled into this “we license it to you” BS that companies want you to believe. You sure don’t license a car or a book, why should it be any different for gadgets or software?

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RE[4]: what a sharp contrast
by fretinator on Tue 16th Jun 2009 17:47 in reply to "RE[3]: what a sharp contrast"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

I was thinking of when the Mini came out. There was one version with a combo drive (CDRW/DVD), and one that had a super drive (DVDRW). IIRC, if you bought the combo drive version, there was no Apple-approved upgrade path to the DVDRW superdrive. You had to buy an external if you didn't want to void your warranty.

Again, though, I am talking about a feeling, a perception. To me, it FEELS like Apple still owns all the hardware they sell you. My PERCEPTION (not reality) is that if they wanted they could come to my house and take my computer back for conduct unbecoming a loyal Apple user. I'm sure it was hard for them to "allow" me to put Windows on my Intel Mac. I bet they mulled over voiding your warranty if you put Windows on the computer. At least sane minds won out that time!

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RE[3]: what a sharp contrast
by JAlexoid on Tue 16th Jun 2009 21:59 in reply to "RE[2]: what a sharp contrast"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Rent it? Really?
Why do we, in Europe, buy it unsubsidized and still get treated as people who buy it subsidized(per your definition synonymous to rented)?

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RE[4]: what a sharp contrast
by gfx1 on Wed 17th Jun 2009 14:09 in reply to "RE[3]: what a sharp contrast"
gfx1 Member since:
2006-01-20

Your subsidizing your own phone. In the netherlands the 8gb iphone with cheapest month plan costs 825 euro in two years. That is pretty expensive compared to an 220 euro ipod touch. (same thing minus 25 euro of mobile phone parts)

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