Linked by snydeq on Fri 9th Jul 2010 17:33 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister discusses 10 ways locked-down app store delivery models limit choice for developers -- and ultimately hurts users. The model, best known in the form of Apple's notoriously finicky iPhone App Store, has established an entirely new relationship between software vendors and consumers, one some are calling 'curated computing,' a mode in which choice is constrained to deliver more relevant, less complex experiences. This model, deemed essential to the success of tablets, provides questionable value to developers, undermining their interests in a variety of ways. From disproportionate profit cuts, to curator veto powers, to poor security, fragmentation, and hostility to free software, developers must sacrifice a lot to 'curated computing' to get their wares into the hands of end-users.
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RE[3]: A message to developers
by darknexus on Sun 11th Jul 2010 14:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: A message to developers"
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Hardly. Those who really want to pirate apps will simply jailbreak. Where there's a will there's a way, and that goes for things both good and bad. I'm becoming bothered by people blindly taking up the piracy line without really understanding it. If piracy were Apple's real concern, they wouldn't refuse apps just because they compete with Apple's own, or deign to label content objectionable for the user without the user having a say in the matter. It's not about piracy in this case, it's about Jobs' desire to control anything and everything people do. Couple this with jailbreaking, and the app store is about as effective at preventing piracy as most other measures have been, i.e. not very. It may hide piracy better, given that devs are actively discouraged from discussing jailbreaking, but it doesn't eliminate it at all. And now, with jailbreaking as easy as it has become, it's not even just the geeks who can do it. These days it's run an app on your computer, click a button, and you're jailbroken.

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