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[2]: crazy huh?
by wirespot on Mon 12th Jul 2010 07:26 UTC in reply to "RE: crazy huh?"
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Sure it cuts the middle man out of the market - and that's the bit that geekdom hates - but this is happening in all sorts of industries.

You're mixing up all sorts of things here.

Devices that "just work" (be they cars or iPhones) cannot do so without tech support. The fact they don't require the user to open up the hood doesn't make them magical. It just means somebody else is getting their hands dirty when they need to.

That middle man (tech support and retail personnel) will not go anywhere. At most it will be replaced by Apple stores and Apple people, or authorized resellers.

If you meant that they are so easy to use that geeks won't be required to render help to friends and family even for the most mundane tasks -- that's great. We, geeks, absolutely hate that. We welcome this.

And now, once that your confusion about "geekdom" is out of the way, we can get to the core of the matter. Geeks are also consummers. They are super-users and as such they want devices that they can tweak, dissasemble, hack and so on. This kind of dumbed-down, hands-off approach that Apple proposes is not for them. That's why they don't like Apple's devices and never have.

And if you come to think that developers are usually geeks -- you can see why there's limited appeal to the way Apple is doing things.

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