Daily Archives: April 11, 2010

One Apple Change And Kaboom!

The world is still going absolutely crazy over this:

3.3.1 — Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited).

This guy has the most plausible explanation: Jobs makes a valid point: intermediate layers hinder the progress of the platform.

However, this one — Bravo, Apple — must be acknowledged for its sarcastic irony:

… all developers who wish to submit apps hold at least a 4 year degree in computer science. Just imagine a world where any kid can work out of his garage and build an application with an original language, or bit of hardware, that snubs its nose at the establishment – anarchy would ensue.

As a non-developer, it took me days to finally get to the point where I found an explanation that made some sense. There were those who offered tweeted explanations, but none of them were convincing because they came from people who generally don’t see Apple doing anything wrong (even when Apple does!).

How could a PR disaster like this happen? Apple has to know that developers are very noisy people when they feel they are being wronged. Clearly an explanation was needed, but no official statement was ever made. Although Steve Jobs replied to emails, why was it even necessary for him to address this issue personally? That’s what PR people — if not simply Developer Relations — handle.

Why do I bother to keep it alive on this blog too?

Because, at some point, Apple is going to change the TOS for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users. This is inevitable in order to accommodate the data collection required to properly serve up iAds.

So Apple had better have a plausible, clear, and sympathetic story all ready for when that day comes.

Aha! The Future Begins!

And that is Steve (Chippy) Paine‘s daughter using a tablet (not an iPad).

Every time I have picked up an iPad, I have had the same feeling: This is the way it should have always been.

theBDR’s child and Chippy’s new son (born just last week!) will inherit a world where the mouse is something to gaze upon in wonder at museums. Or, when they reach their teens, to collect as a silly retro souvenir of a primitive computing past they can’t imagine having ever existed.

Winnie The Pooh — But Not iPad Too?

Click = big

So… um, wait.

Apple has this nifty new program called iBooks. It reads eBooks. And they give away a free copy of Winnie the Pooh so people can immediately try it out?

Yet … the iPad User Guide — which, you know, people might have a reason to actually want to read — is in a PDF file?

Will iAd Kill Paid Apps?

I don’t think it’s coincidental that Twitter just acquired Tweetie. That app will now go from being US$2.99 to free. There is no way to justify that drop in price other than to foresee it having ads in it. Someone has to pay. As a certain cult likes to remind everybody: TANSTAAFL.

A stream of revenue trumps a one-time payment every time. Period. End of story.

IBM selling its big computers was only the beginning of the money it made. It made recurring money from services for those computers. In the same way, before its bankruptcy, General Motors’ GMAC — its car financing division — made more money than the car manufacturing end.

Because, it’s worth repeating: A stream of revenue trumps a one-time payment every time. Period. End of story.

So that US$2.99 a pop that Twitter seems to be “giving up” suddenly becomes a sky’s-the-limit price for everyone who uses that app because of all of the iAds that will appear in it.

Is this going to be how the future will look?

User: Hey, I really like your app, but I can’t stand ads. Is there a version I can buy?

Dev: Sorry, no.

User: But didn’t it used to be $3.99? I’d be willing to pay twice that for no ads!

Dev: Dude, you don’t get it. We make like a hundred bucks from the ads off each user of our app. There’s no way we can afford to sell it anymore!

Happy Birthday, Miss Copyright

I missed it by a day, but still.

Statute of Anne

The Statute of Anne, short title Copyright Act 1709 8 Anne c.19; long title An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by vesting the Copies of Printed Books in the Authors or purchasers of such Copies, during the Times therein mentioned, was the first copyright statute in the Kingdom of Great Britain (thus the United Kingdom, see Copyright law of the United Kingdom). It was enacted in 1709 and entered into force on 10 April 1710. It is generally considered to be the first fully-fledged copyright statute. It is named for Queen Anne, during whose reign it was enacted.

The Statute of Anne is now seen as the origin of copyright law.

In additional commemoration, I will reprint and combine two prior posts from The eBook Test.

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iAd Is The Coming Fall Of Apple

The Grand Machinations of Apple and Steve Jobs are about to run into the sharpest knife in town.

This knife has two blades.

One is called Real Life.

The other is called Reality.

And they cut without mercy.

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