iPhone dev farce

I’m keeping half an eye out on the iPhone. Not that thats a realistic target platform for me, more out of curiosity really.

It’s easy to moan about Microsoft, and things they could do better, but sometimes looking at the alternatives gives a sharp reality check (eg). While we’re busy whining about .net deployment, or backwards compatibility issues, would-be Apple devs don’t even know if they will be ‘allowed’ to develop for the Apple platform.

And yet Apple PC’s are credited with 14% of the US PC sales market in Feb. Maybe Microsofts new more open approach is a mistake and they should be as secretive and protective as Apple?

Anyway I’m glad the well being of my family does not depend on the whim of Apple licensing.

Anyone here planning (past tense?) an iPhone app?



9 Responses to “iPhone dev farce”

  1. Harlan Grove Says:

    The secret of Apple’s success isn’t secretiveness, it’s superior design. God help Apple when Jobs dies or retires, but for now they have a CEO with a very clear notion of design/style. Microsoft, by comparison, seems to thrive on design by committee, and all too often those committees seem to be stacked with marketing people or lawyers.

  2. Marcus Says:

    Nope – I’ve got enough to keep up with. Other than a cursory interest, I’d be spreading myself too thin investigating the viability of every new technology that comes along.

    Cheers – Marcus

  3. ross Says:

    It is easy to morn at MS, we should from time to time stop and remember that they have made some really excellent products.
    Then of course we can go back to knocking them with a clearer conscience, he, he!

    Will be intresting to see what happen when Jobs does go…

  4. Simon Says:

    spot on Ross (excellent might be a bit strong? – effective maybe?)

    I’m interested to see if the Feb figs are just a blip caused by the air book or a sustained growth (caused by Vistas perceived crapness?)

    I watch Macs with interest as they represent a void of zero Excel/VBA opportunity since Office2008. Unless everyone is dual booting them with Windows I guess.

  5. Allacee Says:

    As a PC user/owner since 1985 I am often amazed at the amount of criticism and anger directed at Microsoft and the Apple worship. I tried using an Apple after I had been using PCs for a few years and the experience was less than exciting.

    I recently bought an Apple MacBook Pro(use Pcs at work) because of its use of Intel chips,its ability to run Windows program and the advertised performance. I am still learning how to use the Mac and as a longtime, fairly expert PC user, I am certainly not wowed by the “ease of use” for Macs vs PCmode.

    The reality is that for corporations that need to do “work” which directly or indirectly provides a livelihood for millions of people, the majority of developers of critical, complicated software (costing $20,000 or more) focus on the MS environment. We are often extremely critical of Microsoft for its $200-500 software and less critical of suppliers of software costing 10 times more. A recent upgrade package for the “fabulous, fantastic” Leopard operating system for my MacBook Pro software had a long list of changes (30?) which would have attracted virulent criticism of MS in blogs, publications and forums.

  6. jonpeltier Says:

    Alacee –

    Yes, it’s interesting, isn’t it. Apple can do no wrong, and Microsoft can do no right. Deep down, though, I suspect there’s not much difference.

  7. Harlan Grove Says:

    I think perspectives on computer ease-of-use are a function of one’s first or most frequent earliest computer use. For me, it was logging onto college time sharing systems. I also caught the tail end of the punch card era.

    Compared to mainframe and dial-up tty access to Unix systems, both Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X are much simpler.

    Anyway, it’s partially a matter of user expectations and managing them. Microsoft has ITSELF staked its claim to dominance on being the closest thing to a universal OS there is. Too darn bad for Microsoft that that means when they fail to support older but still widely used hardware, they’re castigated for it. Even if Microsoft can’t support all hardware going forward that they’ve supported in any 32-bit version of Windows, there are two obvious solutions: 1) continue to sell older versions of Windows, or 2) be more forthcoming and/or transparent about new version specs. There’s a lawsuit about Vista Capable ‘certification’ that’s arisen from (2).

    Apple, on the other hand, has always played down expectations of broad hardware compatibility, and Apple users know better than to expect 18-month-old fax/scanner/printer peripherals would work with the latest & greatest OS X version. And Apple has also managed to avoid the multiple SKU morass Microsoft has made for Vista (in hopes of extracting as much money as possible from customers).

    In short, Apple has been much more skillful about managing user expectations. Maybe that’s due in part to their much smaller market share, but it’s also a failure of Microsoft management. One measure of whether that failure was honest or not will be what happens in the Vista Capable lawsuit, but I figure Microsoft will settle in the end without, of course, admitting anything (even to themselves).

  8. Simon Says:

    El reg calls it the
    Jobs reality distortion field.
    Where everything at Apple is the same as elsewhere, yet people perceive it to be much more positive.

    Microsoft has a big problem with 3rdy party drivers and apps (eg shitty apps pre-loading at boot-up so they dont look too bad to start (but they slow down WIndows boot and make Microsoft look bad)).

    Apple have maintained much more control (like in this SDK case).

    Both approaches have pros and cons, but Apple has less backwards compatibility baggage to cart around and a better image.

    this year will be interesting I reckon

  9. jonpeltier Says:

    one of the worst, most virus-like preloading crapware programs is QuickTime. Made, of course, by Apple.

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