Linked by fran on Tue 8th Feb 2011 18:08 UTC
Apple "A new report suggests that Apple may be planning to eliminate retail boxed software from its Apple Stores, instead focusing on promoting the Mac App Store for software sales. This is indeed a trend that Apple has been pushing for a while, but not all the software that Apple sells would necessarily be a great fit for pure digital distribution."
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Expected move
by Neolander on Tue 8th Feb 2011 18:15 UTC
Neolander
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2010-03-08

And so, OSX pursues its ipadification... I assume that by now, those who used to claim that Apple does not plan to make the Mac yet another iOS device are going to switch to claiming that it is the best outcome possible.

Gruber, we're waiting for you.

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RE: Expected move
by rhavyn on Tue 8th Feb 2011 19:23 in reply to "Expected move"
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2005-07-06

And so, OSX pursues its ipadification... I assume that by now, those who used to claim that Apple does not plan to make the Mac yet another iOS device are going to switch to claiming that it is the best outcome possible.

Gruber, we're waiting for you.


1. How does an operating system pursue something?

2. How is Apple choosing to not stock boxed software in their stores have anything to do with the ipadification of anything? For the most part, the only boxed software in an Apple store is Apple's software, there is very little third party stuff. Have you been in an Apple store?

Edited 2011-02-08 19:29 UTC

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RE[2]: Expected move
by GeorgesBraque on Tue 8th Feb 2011 20:02 in reply to "RE: Expected move"
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2005-07-07

1. How does an operating system pursue something?

2. How is Apple choosing to not stock boxed software in their stores have anything to do with the ipadification of anything? For the most part, the only boxed software in an Apple store is Apple's software, there is very little third party stuff. Have you been in an Apple store?


I should let Neolander answer for himself, but I think he means that Apple is using its OS-X monopoly (on Apple hardware) to control software distribution (again, on Apple hardware). by "iPadification," I think he means transforming the software marketplace (one again, on Apple hardware) to one that is purely digital and on demand (much like an iPad).

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RE[2]: Expected move
by Neolander on Tue 8th Feb 2011 20:29 in reply to "RE: Expected move"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

1. How does an operating system pursue something?

I assume this expression does not exist in English. Sorry... Is "the ipadification of OSX continues" syntactically better ?

2. How is Apple choosing to not stock boxed software in their stores have anything to do with the ipadification of anything? For the most part, the only boxed software in an Apple store is Apple's software, there is very little third party stuff. Have you been in an Apple store?

Quickly had a look at a physical Apple store, but when I look for Apple hardware I tend to prefer "premium resellers" and store.apple.com as they are easier to access where I live.

From what I see, Apple controls a large part of the Mac software market. If they enforce that all software under their control is only available through the Mac store system (and what's mentioned in this article are some steps in that direction), this means that the majority of Mac software will only be available by this mean, forcing users to get used to it whether they like it or not.

Afterwards, as most commonly needed software and some other are only available on the Mac Store, software distributed on CD or websites becomes the exception rather than the norm. Under customer pressure of lazy users who want all in one place and won't look elsewhere, remaining software ends up having a choice between putting a copy of their software on the Mac store too or disappearing.

After a while, Apple declares that software distribution outside of the Mac Store is unsafe/legacy/helping piracy/whatever excuse they may come up with, and removes the ability to do this.

Net result : Apple gets 30% on every sale and absolute control on which apps mac users have access to. In short, ipadification.

Edited 2011-02-08 20:38 UTC

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RE: Expected move
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 8th Feb 2011 22:17 in reply to "Expected move"
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2006-07-14

Yes, it is a step in the ipodification of OSX and that is a bad thing.

But, I'm fine with application software not being available in a box. I don't mind downloading it at the time of purchase. However, I'd prefer there to be an open market of software, rather than closed one with a censoring gatekeeper that takes a 30% cut off the top. I still need to be able to install random software from non os approved sources.

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RE: Expected move
by Beta on Tue 8th Feb 2011 22:43 in reply to "Expected move"
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2005-07-06

Gruber, we're waiting for you.

Probably:
I saw this coming, and it’s a brilliant idea. All remaining operating systems like Windows will become irrelevant.

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