Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jul 2011 21:14 UTC
Apple Petty Apple is petty. Amazon, Kobo, and others have changed their applications to conform to Apple's App Store rules, and if there's one word that describes the situation these booksellers are in, it's petty. Still, it's leading to good things: Kobo has announced it's going to bypass the App Store by writing an HTML5 e-reader for iOS (and thus, for other HTML5-capable mobile devices).
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ezylstra
Member since:
2010-07-16

"the ones that suffer the most from this is iOS users"

And where would these users be without Apple and their products. Do you remember the world before iPhone? There would not be an Android without iPhone.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

ezylstra,

"And where would these users be without Apple and their products. Do you remember the world before iPhone? There would not be an Android without iPhone."

Nonsense!

Would you say "there would be no personal computers without microsoft"?

The personal computing revolution was the result of a combination of things: increasing purchasing power of the consumer, discovery of new CPU fabrication techniques, dropping electronics prices, good education, long term investment, etc. Microsoft was a product of it's environment more than the other way around. As much as MS enjoys having been there to take the credit, the personal computing revolution would have arrived whether or not they were on board.


In the same sense, apple products are a product of today's environment as well. Don't forget that apple's first tablets 1.5 decades ago were a total flop.

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad apple's here to the extent that more competition is better. But as controversial as it may seem to some, the tech world doesn't rotate around apple. All else being equal, had apple gone under in the dot com bubble, there's absolutely no reason to think that others would be unable to bring tablet computers to the masses today.

With apple out of the picture, former apple fanatics would need some other entity to latch onto. Conceivably that could be google.

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vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26


And where would these users be without Apple and their products. Do you remember the world before iPhone? There would not be an Android without iPhone.


Apple was just the first to take use of the new hardware that was coming commercially available at the time (touch screens, mobile gpus, faster cpus). Without Apple, someone else would have been first.

As it stands, it looks like Apple invented everything, but in reality they have very little stake in designing the hardware that runs it all. Kudos to Apple for making it a nice software package, but they hardly deserve all the credit.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

What Apple did do, is anticipate that these products could be made for X amount of dollars before any other company even looked at it.

It almost looks like Apple already had their products ready before they could be produced.

That is why it feels (or felt like) the rest is playing catch up.

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fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

The pioneer in this field was Palm. Think of those first Palms - a home screen with rows of icons, touch screens, gestures to write. Apple merely polished things, which they are very good at. The innovation award goes to Palm. Everyone is still copying them. It is a shame what happened to the company. The lost their way around version 5.0 of the OS. My last Palm, the Centro, was a wonderful device. Sony was the real pioneer in bringing multimedia capabilities to PalmOS devices. Their line of Clie devices caused everyone to rethink the PDA. How quickly people forget.

ps - I think Handspring also brought innvovation in terms of storage cards and the Visor phone.

Edited 2011-07-27 20:17 UTC

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Vinegar Joe Member since:
2006-08-16

And where would these users be without Apple and their products.


They'd have a life?

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