Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th May 2010 14:55 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless When Apple sued HTC, and targeted Android specifically (news which came out of the blue), many people, including myself, were convinced this was Apple letting the world know they were afraid of Android's rising popularity. This notion was laughed away by many an Apple fan, but it turns out that this is most likely far closer to reality than many dare to admit: in the first quarter of 2010, Android conquered the number two market share spot from the iPhone in the US - and by a wide margin too. Update: Added a graph which better shows the trend.
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And what about the developers?
by alcibiades on Mon 10th May 2010 19:26 UTC
alcibiades
Member since:
2005-10-12

http://www.runrev.com/company/runrev-blog/

In which the head of the Revolution programming environment, a successor to Hypercard, reveals that this is banned from the App store, despite having offered to make considerable adaptations which would result in the IDE generating Objective-C. The whole post is worth careful reading.

This is what he proposed, an excerpt:

....we create an iPhone-only product that uses native Cocoa objects, supports 100% of their API, works perfectly with multitasking and battery life, but uses a variant of the revTalk language to use these objects and APIs, and then translates those into native code. While a significant engineering departure for us from the current revMobile path, this solution would have resulted in perfect-quality iPhone-only applications impossible to distinguish from native applications. It would have been impossible to tell these applications apart from native iPhone applications because they would be native applications. As native applications running directly without a compatibility layer, there would have been no battery life issues, multitasking and iAds would work perfectly, and new APIs would be supported as they came out. In other words, we set out to offer Apple what they wanted by raising our game in response to their stricter requirements, while dropping the other mobile platforms we originally intended to support.

To which the answer was: No.

So guess what they will be obliged to focus on? Android, and probably Linux with it. Along with lots of other people who will do and are doing the same thing.

This is Apple doing once more what it did so well in the eighties, its driving its potential customers to the competition.

Those who the Gods wish to destroy, they first drive mad.

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JeffS Member since:
2005-07-12

Also from that post:

"Some of our customers have suggested that we continue to develop the version of revMobile that outputs entirely native code (as detailed above). However such a solution--even though it would create perfect applications--would be in violation of Apple's agreement, which states that code must originally be developed in one of their approved languages. As such, we cannot risk hundreds of thousands of dollars of further engineering budget to create a solution that does not guarantee Apple acceptance to the app store."

This says it all, and will ultimately (over time) be Apple's demise. Well, "demise" might be an extreme term. Let's just say that Apple is working really hard to marginalize itself and it's products. Their arrogance, and current revenue, is what's keeping them from seeing this.

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