Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd May 2010 23:17 UTC, submitted by PLan
Apple Well, this is interesting, and, I must say, rather surprising: the New York Post is reporting that the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are looking into launching an antitrust probe into Apple's policies. You'd expect this to be about iTunes, but that's just the thing: it's about the Adobe-Apple spat. Update: Since I'm not familiar with the entire US media landscape, I was unaware the New York Post is considered less than reputable. Still, Reuters has confirmed the Post's report, so maybe it's true after all.
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RE: Apple and the rovolution
by clhodapp on Tue 4th May 2010 11:55 UTC in reply to "Apple and the rovolution"
clhodapp
Member since:
2009-12-04

Apple is not selling a product that is a monopoly in any market or market segment
How about iPhone SDK? They had competitors and they just wish them out of business by changing the dev agreements... How is that not creating a monopoly? The simple fact that you, I, or the mass market consumer isn't interested in buying iPhone software toolkits doesn't mean that they aren't a real market that has (again, until Apple killed them) several competing forces. (Bah. I had to edit. I'm horrible about using the structure "Just because ..... doesn't mean that ....". It doesn't make any sense.)

Edited 2010-05-04 12:07 UTC

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Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

How about iPhone SDK? They had competitors and they just wish them out of business by changing the dev agreements... How is that not creating a monopoly?


But Apple are not insisting that developers use their SDK just that they use the official Apple API's and use them directly.

The actual new restrictive clause reads as follows:

"3.3.1 — Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited)."

They are only insisting that developers use Apple approved publicly available API's and must use a certain range of programming languages. It seems to me that if you want to ensure the maximum stability for your platform then banning unofficial API's is a good idea. Similarly if you want to make sure that new features introduced into the iPhone OS or new iDevices are supported by developers as soon as possible preventing the spread of unofficial API's or unofficial extra programming stacks sitting above the API's ( which may well not support new features from Apple) is perfectly sensible and not very objectionable.

Are people really arguing that Apple insisting on developers only using officially approved API's is somehow a threat to freedom or a monopoly practice? That would seem a bit of stretch to me.

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clhodapp Member since:
2009-12-04

Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript
This is a direct targeted attack on all of their competitors. You cannot, with this phrase in the dev agreement, use a flash or c# to iPhone compiler even if the code that it makes uses only Apple-documented APIs to the system.

Edited 2010-05-04 12:37 UTC

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