Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Jan 2012 15:13 UTC
Mac OS X "It's no longer possible to write a single app that takes advantage of the full range of Mac OS X features. Some APIs only work inside the Mac App Store. Others only work outside it. Presumably, this gap will widen as more new features are App Store-exclusive, while sandboxing places greater restrictions on what App Store apps are allowed to do." Anybody surprised by this, here's the clue stick. Please proceed to hit yourself with it.
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Not unexpected!
by krreagan on Thu 26th Jan 2012 20:46 UTC
krreagan
Member since:
2008-04-08

Apple places a lot of importance on the user experience (note: user /= developer). That's why they are where they are! (see recent market cap #'s) The app stores (iOS & OSX) gives Apple tighter control of the user experience. People want a consistent, intuitive interface that does no have a lot of crap on it or malware in it. More and more, John Q. Public, is sick of the windows universe and see the mac as a viable alternative and for the vast majority of individuals, it is! Customization, hacking or playing under the hood is of little or no consequence to them (or any manufacture for that mater).

This is just another logical step in Apples progression.

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RE: Not unexpected!
by shmerl on Thu 26th Jan 2012 20:52 in reply to "Not unexpected!"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Apple places a lot of importance on the user experience

Not convincing. The fact that users can't simply connect iPad to a USB doesn't look like a great experience to me (and it's crippled by design obviously).

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RE[2]: Not unexpected!
by gan17 on Fri 27th Jan 2012 02:13 in reply to "RE: Not unexpected!"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

This is the reason why I never got a second iPhone. As good a device as it is, the fact that I have no control over the way I transfer my files to it is a major con. I don't use iTunes and I sure as hell am not going to purchase a copy of what I already have from it just so it can play on my phone.

I have no qualms using iTunes to play my media on the actual phone, but it's daft to expect me to have iTunes installed on my Linux/BSD boxes (and no, I don't see using some Mono-infested gtkpod app as a viable solution).

Well, the good thing about iOS5 is that you don't need a PC/Mac with iTunes to update the phone, at least. But please, let me transfer my ripped/encoded tunes the way I want!!

[/rant] ... sorry

Edited 2012-01-27 02:18 UTC

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RE: Not unexpected!
by r_a_trip on Fri 27th Jan 2012 11:43 in reply to "Not unexpected!"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

More and more, John Q. Public, is sick of the windows universe and see the mac as a viable alternative and for the vast majority of individuals, it is!

For now. The problem isn't that John Q. Public doesn't tinker, so the Mac platform doesn't need tinker options. The problem here is that Apple is slowly, but actively putting controls in place that puts Apple in the driver seat as the sole driver.

This is the difference between owning a car and getting a taxi. Both get you to your destination, but the car gives you full freedom to determine the way you want to get to a place, at the expense of a little personal effort. The taxi is very convenient, but you only get to state your destination and you pay handsomely for the privilege of being driven.

No matter how chushy Apple makes the vice, the moment the cushioning is unable to mask the pressure, the pinch will be felt. At what point does John Q. Public notice that they've traded one undesirable cage for another undesirable, but pretty gilded cage?

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RE: Not unexpected!
by krreagan on Fri 27th Jan 2012 15:56 in reply to "Not unexpected!"
krreagan Member since:
2008-04-08

Keep in mind that the percentage of people that tinker is extremely low and of no concern to Apples bottom line. People in general are more interested in applications and couldn't care less about tinkering.

Obviously not being able to connect to a USB device is not important to most people. Personally with the WiFi syncing I don't care either.

Look to the car industry as a corollary... People use to tinker with their cars a lot (including me), now cars are so complicated you can't work on one with out specific training... so very few people tinker anymore. The same is happening to the PC industry, it's maturing.

After getting an iPad (1st gen) my time on my Mac has decreased by about 80%. I use to hack all the time (Linux then FBSD) now I don't have the time or inkling because I have specific tasks to accomplish (including three kids) and hacking isn't one of them.

Apple doesn't force you into their ecosystem, you have a choice. I don't see the restrictions as being all that constraining to what I want to do, so I put up with it. And "it just works" seems to be what JQP is after as well as me.

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RE[2]: Not unexpected!
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 27th Jan 2012 17:09 in reply to "RE: Not unexpected!"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Keep in mind that the percentage of people that tinker is extremely low and of no concern to Apples bottom line. People in general are more interested in applications and couldn't care less about tinkering.


They might not abandon the people that kept the company alive so readily. All it takes is another few too complicated product lines and the company is back at square one. No one lives forever.

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