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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RE: Business Process Patent
by fmaxwell on Fri 29th Jul 2011 15:55 UTC in reply to "Business Process Patent"
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Member since:
2005-11-13

Apple didn't take anything away from me. They told the ebook sellers that there were to be no more sales which circumvented the app store, which they were doing in order to deprive Apple of their cut of the sales.

It's no different than the rules on ebay. You can't sell an item on ebay and then circumevent ebay when selling more items to the same customer.

Why is Apple always portrayed as the bad guy? For f***'s sake, they allowed competing vendors (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, etc.) to to put their ebook apps on the iPad and now people are bitching because Apple wants a cut of the book sales? Do you see Amazon allowing Kindle owners to buy books directly from Apple's ebook store? Yeah, didn't think so.

So rather than Apple selling an ebook for $10, they get $3 when it's sold through one of their competitors. In return, the competitors get access to a huge market of iPad owners.

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RE[2]: Business Process Patent
by fretinator on Fri 29th Jul 2011 16:53 in reply to "RE: Business Process Patent"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

You are right, it's not as bad as it sounds. However, I think the issue is they tell EVERYBODY what they can and can't do. Users, here's all you can do. Developers, you can only do A, B, C. Vendors, you can only do this. The list of do's and don't they require from the whole ecosystem starts to get a little creepy. You start to think they have a bit of an over-inflated image of themselves. At some point, everyone might just move on to friendlier confines. But probably not. Doesn't mean we can't all whine about it!

I think the defining moment for me was when the first Mac Mini came out. You could choos a Combo Drive (DRD-Rom/ CDRW) or a Super Drive (DVDRW). Coming from the Windows world, I thought I might get the combo drive and later upgrade it to the Super Drive. Only that was not allowed. No one was allowed to upgrade it to a Super Drive. If a user, a 3rd-party, or even an Apple Store did so it voided the warranty. Instead, your only option was to sell yours and purchase one with a Super Drive. I thought line of reasoning was REALLY strange. I also felt the same about non-relaceable batteries in many of their devices. You had to pay someone to replace the battery for you - at a high premium. Wierd!!

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fmaxwell Member since:
2005-11-13

There are two models that have emerged in the tablet market: The curated model that Apple uses, where they review apps, weeding out those that are malicious, unstable, or just poorly done. I realize that this has been an imperfect process, but, to me, it's a lot better than the Android alternative, which appears to have been modeled after the wild west.

Apple can only deny warranty repairs if a modification, aftermarket service, or third party part has caused the failure. That's federal law (FTC has info on the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act) and it's the same one that prevent GM from "voiding the warranty" on your car when you install tires you buy from Tire Rack, spark plugs you buy from AutoZone, and have your oil change by Jiffy Lube.

I bought a Mac Mini. Within two days, I had upgraded the hard drive, RAM, and combo drive. But I understood that I'd be on my own if my workmanship, or the parts I chose, caused a failure.

As to batteries, given some of the shoddy cr*p that's being sold on ebay, I understand Apple's desire to not have that stuff put into their products. Guy buys a Chinese battery pack. It fries the contacts in his MacBook's battery connector, he plugs the Apple battery in, takes it for service. The other issue is that making the batteries replaceable increases the size and weight of the device.

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