Linked by Kroc Camen on Sat 29th May 2010 20:41 UTC
Apple I've been meaning to write this for some time, and for all the time I delayed the more poignant the point I wanted to make started to become as new news came out further solidifying my angle. When I begun writing this article the iPad had not yet been revealed, iPhone OS 4 was not on the map and Apple had not yet purchased Lala. You've probably just noticed that all of these events in fact point toward Apple embracing the web more and in this article I will point out why this is not the case because I believe Apple's agenda here is similar to something we've already seen in recent history.
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Ironic
by Moochman on Sun 30th May 2010 11:58 UTC
Moochman
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2005-07-06

Here we are today with Microsoft being forced to offer a browser choice screen the first time you start Windows, and meanwhile Apple actually is selling a computer that prohibits any other browser than the built-in one from being installed.

(Nor are any applications that compete with Apple's own allowed to be installed, nor are any development tools aside from Apple's own allowed to be used.)

This is way more extreme than the situation with Microsoft Windows ever was.

It almost makes me wish for the iPhone to gain a monopoly, so that Apple is finally slapped in the face for their ridiculously anticompetitive behavior.

P.S. The very simple solution is for Apple to (be forced to) abandon the lock-down on installing apps from outside the app store. The iPhone and its ilk are not in the same class as traditional locked-down cellphones--they are computers and as such require reasonable license terms that are not blatantly anticompetitive.

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RE: Ironic
by daveak on Sun 30th May 2010 12:26 in reply to "Ironic"
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2008-12-29

Here's a challenge for you. Name the computer where Apple do not allow a browser other than their own. I sure as hell can't because:

1) iPhone OS based devices are in my eyes appliances rather than general computing devices.

2) If you don't agree with 1, Opera Mini.

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RE[2]: Ironic
by Kroc on Sun 30th May 2010 12:29 in reply to "RE: Ironic"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

2) But you can’t replace WebKit on iPhone OS and you can’t set Opera to be your "default browser". Any App that launches a website will launch Safari.

Opera Mini is a toy, and Apple know it. That’s why it’s been allowed. It can’t change the fact that WebKit is core to the OS and only Apple have control over it.

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RE[2]: Ironic
by Moochman on Sun 30th May 2010 13:41 in reply to "RE: Ironic"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

Here's a challenge for you. Name the computer where Apple do not allow a browser other than their own. I sure as hell can't because:

1) iPhone OS based devices are in my eyes appliances rather than general computing devices.

2) If you don't agree with 1, Opera Mini.


2) Ditto what Kroc said about Opera Mini
1) This is more or less just parroting back Apple's official line, which they are using to pull the wool over the eyes of consumers. Fact is, the lines between "computer" and "appliance" are blurring, and have been for a long time. Apple is just hoping that we get so used to the idea of our computing devices being locked up that we won't even notice the day our "non-appliance" devices become irrelevant and our freedom has forever disappeared.

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