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My reading of this new language is that cross-compilers, such as the Flash-to-iPhone compiler in Adobe’s upcoming Flash Professional CS5 release, are prohibited. This also bans apps compiled using MonoTouch — a tool that compiles C# and .NET apps to the iPhone.
If Apple said to me that installing one of these apps would void my support or warranty with them, then I could accept that, but when Apple says to me, I will block your efforts to installing one of these apps, then I cry FOUL.
If Windows can be slapped for forcing IE and WMP on users then by the same token Apple could be slapped for forcing iTunes and Safari on it's users.
I'd love to see Adobe to say: "Fine we'll stop making products for Apple hardware."
Except Windows was the dominant OS for almost 90% of the computer market and Apple, to the best of my knowledge, doesn't dominate the phone market yet. There are a bunch of Androids, CrackBerries and Palms out there, so closing the iPhone isn't anti-competitive yet,
[edited by: Demaestro at 4:47 pm (utc) on Apr 9, 2010]
I am not talking about the smart phone market. I am talking about the hand held device application market, specifically on the iPhone, iTouch and iPad, 2 of which aren't even phones, so the fact that there are Androids and other phones out there really doesn't matter when you discuss apps on an iTouch or iPad.
This is the kind of childishly defensive move that always precedes a company losing a huge part of it's market share.
In the end-of-quarter Form 10-Q it just filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission: it flatly says that "to the extent new releases of operating systems or other third-party products, platforms or devices, such as the Apple iPhone or iPad, make it more difficult for our products to perform, and our customers are persuaded to use alternative technologies, our business could be harmed."
[edited by: StoutFiles at 7:01 pm (utc) on Apr 9, 2010]
I don't see the anti-trust argument though... Apple is far from dominating in any market
I have no plans to ever buy an Apple product, although the iPad is tempting, so I'll never write any Apple apps unless they allow cross-compiled products.
[edited by: Demaestro at 7:11 pm (utc) on Apr 9, 2010]
I don't understand why they have to have a dominant market share for this activity to be deemed anti-trust.
Why aren't they in the wrong if only 20% of the phones have Apple OS on them?
Because without a dominant position in the market you can't effectively stifle competition.
This is the very definition of stifling competition.
Apple telling Opera Mini no(or in their case, ignoring them) is, in my mind, EXACTLY like if Microsoft told Mozilla no and not letting Firefox run on Windows. Someone tell me why a phone OS can be locked down while a desktop OS cannot.
if a developer wants to enter the iPhone/iTouch/iPad/ app market they are stifled.
Apple employees are forbidden from blogging, posting to social networks, or other things that we at companies with an open culture take for granted.