There is no love lost between myself and the Steve Jobs Megalomaniacal empire at the moment. But this is even more stupid than usual for that loose-mouthed, consumer-be-damned moron.
The article linked at the bottom of this post is a more balanced version of what I’ve read on sites like boygenius report, which was much more anti-Apple. I will look for the little tidbit that Adobe’s CTO wrote later, too, which is quite interesting.
The two quoted sections below frame the entire discussion, I think. Both companies are basically trying to work within closed systems on a single, dominant platform. The iPhone and iPad block out Flash, which is an established, dominant media option. Adobe needs to have Flash work with iPhones and iPads.
The resulting issue, then, is whether “people,” whether Adobe or independent developers, start working on more open platforms.
Narayen said Apple’s criticism reflects an attempt to protect its way of doing business. “This has nothing to do with the technology,” he said. “It’s not a technology decision, it’s a business model: a closed, proprietary business model, with complete control, as opposed to having open innovation drive what happens across devices.”
Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris disagreed. “Someone has it backwards,” she said in an e-mailed statement. It’s HTML5 and other standards supported by the iPhone and iPad “that are open and standard, while Adobe’s Flash is closed and proprietary.”
This is a post I started…a while ago so it’s sad that I’m only getting to it now. Anyway…
Over the last few months at the viral and national marketing level, there has been a “war” going on about ATT’s 3G coverage. This has been fueled mostly by disgruntled iPhone users that aren’t getting the kind of data speeds they want. ATT’s coverage is spotty, it’s 3G coverage is even spottier, etc.
There have been protests held where users try to overload the ATT network (not best link, but wanted to provide something…) by using a lot of data-intensive apps all at once. Then Verizon has been attacking ATT’s coverage quite aggressively, with ATT striking back with their own advertising campaign.
The funny thing is…why is no one blaming Apple?
Apple was the one that said that
- the iPhone would be branded as an Apple product and initially (and for quite a while) sold at Apple stores
- would not be branded at all as an ATT product
- advertising for it would be for the phone, not for the carrier
- Apple would get a big cut of the sale price of each phone
Supposedly, when Apple approached Verizon and it’s huge network about this, Verizon refused. ATT acquiesced.
So if it’s Apple that forced the iPhone to go to ATT (heck, whatever if it ended up on T-Mobile or Sprint, which has even worse coverage in general?)…why keep blaming the provider? Why not blame the manufacturer that had such ridiculous stipulations?
Addendum: PC World did a test of data transfer speeds of the various carriers, and ATT came out on _top_. Hm.
Here at Educause 2009 in Denver, I’m finding myself once again feeling left out because I don’t have an iPhone. An application with all of the program information (you don’t have to pick up one of the paper booklets, perhaps) is available, and everyone I talk to just keeps asking me if I have an iPhone.
No, I don’t, and I don’t think I should keep getting left out even by Eduause, of all groups, because of it.
Please note that I in no way think that Educause is doing this purposely – the iPhone is an extremely common platform and it makes a tremendous amount of sense to build an app for that. And I have yet to run into anyone that has asked me “do you have an iPhone?” or “are you using the iPhone app?” that has had a hint of judgment upon hearing my answer.
But there is an almost oppressive emphasis on using the iPhone at this conference.
I mean, I can use twitter (search, post, etc – va uberTwitter), post to facebook, tag people in photos, etc with my Blackberry. If mine had a camera (it’s a “business” model), then I could even doing twitpic, too. Or post to FB’s mobile uploads. I am more connected to my university’s systems with my Blackberry than I ever could be with an iPhone (due to our infrastructure).
So why I do feel diminished in some way here, at this great sharing of knowledge and ideas, because I don’t have a particular phone?
Wasn’t it just 2008 Q4 that Apple announced that they had sold several million more iPhones than Blackberry units?