07
Mar
08

It’s about control?

That is the most ridiculous statement I have read about Apple’s SDK that was announced yesterday.

The so called experts that are making these statements certainly don’t know what they are talking about.

Sure Apple is going to monitor what applications are available to download through their store. This is their right. The list of restrictions which include no pornography, privacy-breaching app’s, bandwidth-hogging apps, or anything illegal will not be allowed. I don’t really have an issues with this. In fact I think it is a good idea. 

I also believe that there will be just as many people creating applications for the iPhone that won’t use the Apple delivery method. Since the iPhone’s inception many talented application developers have created some great applications to run on the iPhone which have been delivered by the Installer application.

So when you look at it it really is not about control. Because where there is a will there is a way and you will be able to get applications from both Apple as well as other sources.

I know that some of the people that make these misleading statements do so only because they feel threatened by the iPhone and what itcan do. Windows Mobile is not the only game in town any longer and they don’t like it. This is sad because they too can benefit from this. Look at all the innovated devices that have come out because of the iPhone. Innovation like this raises the bar across the board and causes the competition to take their game to the next level so they can stay competitive.

Some of these people that are bitching about control don’t say a word about the devices that are crippled by carriers. Where is the outrage when you but a phone from a carrier and you can’t use Bluetooth because the carrier doesn’t want you to?  To me this is more of a control issue.

I want to reiterate my point that the iPhone is not the perfect device.   But you have to admit that iPhone has come a long way since it’s inception 8 months ago. Apple is aggressively addressing the iPhone’s shortcomings and they are listening to what their customers want. I truly believe that we will continue to see improvements in this platform and they will be timely.

The iPhone, like the iPod, has created a whole new market which is posed to explode. The release of the SDK is the natural progression of this platform and we will all benefit from the applications and services that will be created because of this.

These people also forget that Microsoft is very slow when it comes to updating their operating systems. Have we ever seen as many updates to the Windows Mobile core OS as we have with the iPhone. I don’t think so. In my opinion the last update to Windows Mobile 6 was not very impressive. I would expect more out of the company that has the largest market share an has been in the handheld business since its inception.

The last thing that I want to address it the business model that Apple has proposed. A 70/30 split is a pretty good deal. Some say that it is about making money. Of course it is! Apple as well as any other manufacturer does not create products and services just to be nice. They have to sustain their business, make a profit, and make good on the commitments they made to their stockholders. They also don’t mention that if you make your app free, Apple will distribute it via AppStore and iTunes for free

Don’t misunderstand my comments. I am not saying that Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, or Symbian are not good operating system. I have several Windows Mobile devices as well as a BlackBerry and I am constantly switching between these devices. The whole point of this post is to get people to see that there are alternatives the the status quo and that by embracing change can benefit everyone.

I am sure that there are many out there that don’t share my opinion and that is ok. The great thing about that is that we can use forums like this to discuss and debate our views and maybe learn something along the way.


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