“Is Apple ratcheting up its patented control freakery, which it’s used to lock down its line of mobile devices, to the desktop and laptop? It seems so. This time, however, it’s doing so in a way that shows at least some respect for the idea that people should be able to do what they wish with what they’ve bought,” Dan Gillmor writes for Salon.
MacDailyNews Take: One man’s “lock down” is blissful satisfaction for millions. Is it perfect? No. Nothing is. It’s just unbelievably better than any other mobile computing platform ever conceived. Oh, BTW:
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Gillmor continues, “It won’t be the only app store for the Mac, Jobs said, just the best one. If it becomes the default method by which people get Mac software, however, that’s ultimately not good news… The issue is that [Apple] insists on the right to tell developers what can run on Apple computers (and the handheld devices are computers) even as it makes their lives potentially better.”
“But more important even than developers’ wishes are what Apple customers are allowed to do with machines for which they’ve paid a relative arm and leg,” Gillmor writes. “For now, the fact that developers will be able to write what they want and sell it via other channels is good enough. Let’s hope that alternative channels remain ‘allowed’ for as long as the Mac is sold… I fear that Apple will use the inroads it makes with the Mac App Store to further restrict what users of future Macs can do. It couldn’t retroactively lock down Macs the way it’s locked down the iOS devices, not without creating a firestorm. But it could someday decide to sell only iOS machines, or declare that new machines running some future Mac OS — not next summer’s Mac OSX “Lion” version, apparently — would work only under the same principles. I believe this is the endgame, but I’m hoping for the best.”
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