Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jan 2010 23:08 UTC
Legal A few days ago, technology blog Valleywag's launched its Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt, a sort-of contest in which people with evidence of the existence of Apple's much-rumoured tablet could win large sums of money. Apple apparently wasn't amused, as the company resorted to its usual tactic whenever it doesn't like something in the press: litigation, litigation, litigation.
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umccullough
Member since:
2006-01-26

The thing is, Apple only really have negative PR in the tech community which, imho, is well-deserved. However, most people outside of the tech community never hear about these stunts, or the problems with the app store for example. And further, they don't really seem to care.


Well, they might start caring if the *software developers* in the tech community stop writing software for Apple products...

Or maybe not, who knows - maybe Apple's plan all along was to be the exclusive software developer for their own products, and that's what Apple users want as well?

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sukru Member since:
2006-11-19

As long as they have enough "apps" coming to iPhone, they don't need (proper) software developers.

(Yes there should be decent apps, but I believe 99% are shovel-ware).

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

As long as they have enough "apps" coming to iPhone, they don't need (proper) software developers.

(Yes there should be decent apps, but I believe 99% are shovel-ware).


Curious to read that as I've heard people equally speculate that Apple are /more/ interested in "proper" software houses (like games developers) using the iPhone platform than smaller "one man band" types that just build front ends to websites and what not.
(fewer apps but more re-saleable products and less strain on their store and app approvers)

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Yes, they might start caring then, but it's a little like the way most people seem to treat their Antivirus software. They don't care until they get a virus. By then, of course, it's usually too late to get rid of the problem easily.

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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

Yes, they might start caring then


If that happens, then Apple fanboys will just do what they've always done when the object of their worship falls on hard times: they crank up the "oppressed minority" posturing.

Remember back in 90s when Apple was circling the drain (AKA the good old days)? There were Apple fanboys who literally tried to equate mockery of Mac users with the Holocaust.

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thavith_osn Member since:
2005-07-11

Well, they might start caring if the *software developers* in the tech community stop writing software for Apple products...


The thing is, developers (in general) don't care too much about the politics, if they did, there would be a lot less software on Windows, that's for sure...

If there is money to be made, then the iPhone, iTouch and iSlate will all get a swag of software written for it. When it comes to commercial software, it's the mighty $ (which can be equated to market share) that shines the way. Apple, MS and others all know this, so they can have as much negative press as they like.

The Linux world is a different place, one for the tech-hippies, but those days will end soon enough as the market share goes up...

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