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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-20-11 08:44 PM
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Independent UK: Is this the start of a Mac-lash?


Is this the start of a Mac-lash?
That Apple makes money from apps is not news. But it's the way it works that has hacked off fanboys and disenchanted developers. Ian Burrell examines how loyalty has been tested to the limit

Monday, 21 February 2011


Apple is the most respected company in the world, in the eyes of money managers consulted for a poll published this month by Barron's, the influential American financial magazine.

In terms of wealth, it long ago surpassed Microsoft and last month topped PetroChina to become the second most valuable company on earth, trailing only Exxon Mobil. Meanwhile, a survey of young Britons, Project Chatter, revealed last week that the Apple brand was more familiar to them than any other.

And yet never has the business which Steve Jobs has nurtured over the past 35 years had so many enemies and not just the other technology giants who envy its success. Last week in Barcelona, mobile phone operators lined up to slate Apple for its "walled garden" approach, which requires them to provide the infrastructure for its increasingly luxurious apps without receiving any revenue in return. Then in Berlin, publishers came forward to say how much they liked Google's new One Pass system for charging users for internet access to their content, while others complained about the Apple offering, which was unveiled by Mr Jobs who's still overseeing the company despite being on medical leave the day before and demands 30 per cent of all subscriptions sold through its App Store.

The big question is whether this discontent also prevalent among app developers will filter down to the millions of people who have until now had a love affair with the unrivalled aesthetics and sheer functionality of Apple's products; the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad. There are plenty who think so. "There has been growing dissatisfaction with Apple from publishers, app developers and also Apple users," says Paul Bradshaw, a professor in online journalism at City University London and Birmingham City University. .........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tec...



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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 01:29 PM
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1. The faithfull will remain true, but those who need to feed their family are looking elsewhere
This was a really dumb thing to do. Already the alternatives, both to Iphone and Ipad were growing stronger. This is more fuel to their market opponents. Cutting edge industrial design only goes so far.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 01:32 PM
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2. The alternatives are really good, too!
It's amazing how the other app stores have exploded.
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 01:38 PM
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3. They are also not trying to control the H/W you own
That has been my moral objection to Ipad. It is my hardware and Steve Jobs should have no saw on what I run on it.
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