Category Archives: Apple

Welcome to the AppleNet

Your addiction to shiny new consumer electronics will fund Apple in it’s mission to erode your freedom to consume the content you want through the channel you want at the price you want.

You will not be allowed to access some content on Apple devices regardless of its merit. Apple will apply this content censorship at a hardware level based on nothing more than the format content is published in. This censorship will include the music, videos, games, books and applications that you consume, use and own now and those you may want to access in the future.

You will pay whatever Apple tells you to pay for Apple sanctioned content, but will only be able to purchase it through an Apple sanctioned mechanism. You will put up with this because Apple says it’s going to be better that way, easier, it will just work.

This will all be fine, because the content that is deemed worthy will all be based on ‘open’ standards and technology.

Welcome to the AppleNet.

Steve.

I am an iPhone owner. This is my confession.

I have become a member of an insignificantly small (at the moment), yet very vocal and very visible sub-group of mobile device users. That’s right, I have an iPhone, and you know what, I’m not too disappointed using it. Some (well, ok, most) of the time. Frankly there are some things that quite frankly rock so much on the iPhone it’s silly. Especially if you get it on a decent data tariff.

Firstly is the fact that I am able to have written all this more than comfortably as I queue at the post office, while simultaneously enjoying my mp3 tunes, all from the one device. Class.

The second thing that I really hadn’t realisd was how good (no. Fantastic) the web browsing is on the iPhone. I did use my n95 for browsing, but the using direct touch input does change the experience entirely. My mobile web usage has certainly increased with the iPhone.

Just about at the counter now…..

Thirdly since owning my iPhone my personal data has never been more ‘in sync’. The docking of the device and syncing of information to my MacBook Pro just works so, so so well. I am by no means an well organised person, but thanks to this device and the way it syncs so painlessly with iTunes, iCal, Address book and Mail is great.

These three thngs are absolutely fabulous. I love them. Thank you Apple.

However. Something I noticed soon after I took ownership of an iPhone was the number of other iPhone owners who would great me thus “So you got an iPhone then, what do you think?”. It was as though they had doubts about there own purchase, like they wondered if they were alone in feeling disapointed with it at times.

Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone really is a ‘pretty thing’ and some of what the iPhone does, make no mistake, it does far better than anything else out there. Then on the other hand, Apple have really screwed the iPhone up. They have missed off some things that any fool could see are now standard issue on even the most basic devices on the market. The conspiratorial side of me would even say that, maybe, the iPhones short comings are missing by design.

Here for me are the things that are unforgivable for their absence from the iPhone.

1. No replaceable battery, in this day an age there are so many reasons this is wrong. There is no more blatant example of planned obsolescence than seen in the iPods and iPhones from Apple. At some point in the future, you are going to have to replace this device, or pay Apple a lot of money to change a battery. Ridiculous. There is part of me that is really disapointed at my self for supporting a company that is so morrally irrisponsible to encourage such a thow-away mentality.

2. No copy and paste functionality really sucks, there appears to be no reason for this not being present. Its a useful feature that has been present and available to even the most basic computing devices for as long as I can remember. Heck even the earliest of calculators had the equivalent of copy and paste in the form of “memory recall” its shocking to think that apple are so sloppy to have over looked such a fundamental feature. Remember form follows function.

3. No forwarding of Contact details. Again something that has been possible on every phone I have owned for the last 8 or 9 years. No sending of business cards, no vCard forwarding support. It bites.

4. No tethering. Apple I hate you for this.

5. The camera is shockingly low spec for a device of this price range. low quality, no video. Once again the only real reason seems to be to form a culture of upgrading the device.

I know none of this is new. The fact is, I knew all about these things, I knew they would suck. I knew I would still rely on my N95. A 2 year old device that I still think is more capable as a modern mobile device than the iPhone 3G, but you know what, I already feel better for having got it off my chest. It may even help me enjoy my iPhone more now that I have ‘put it out there’. My Name is Dave. I am an iPhone owner. Its been 3 minutes since the last time i bitched about my new device…

Apple’s App Store heads towards Orwellian Nightmare for iPhone Users

Following my recent post musing as to The Real Reason Flash Isn’t on Apple’s iPhone?, more news of how Apple is tightening its grip over the iPhone, its developers and its users began to filter through. I don’t think there could be any confusion as to the intentions of Apple and the control they have over App Store and the Applications that they sell on or through it. Apple are willing, ready and able, to block any trouble makers that might upset Apple’s new ivory tower.

First came news of Apple’s ‘Kill List‘ that could allow Apple to remove ‘unwanted’ apps from the iPhone. While it is said to be for the removal of malicouse applications, there is no real reason it would not be used for any iPhone application. This could presumably be regardless of wether users may have paid money for them or actually want the applications them on their iPhone.

Second came the news that Apple had removed Nullriver’s NetShare application from the app store, and that it was unlikely to return in North America. The application provided a way for iPhone users to ‘tether’ there iPhones to a laptop, while iPhone user may have found this functionality useful. Unfortunately Apple felt it was best not to allow its iPhone users that choice.

Finnaly came news of the removal of the “Podcaster” application from App Store. This time the reason would seem to be it competes with Apple on its own platform! There are som many comments and comparisons that could be made here with another software company that took a step to far in flexing its anti competitive muscles thats its not even funny. Cough “M$” cough “anti-trust” cough.

If iPhone users want to spend $999 on a red ruby application. I say let them!

In the real world if you can’t find the product you really want in one shop, you walk next door, or up the road, or go online until you find it. But what if there is only one shop? you don’t have a choice! Apple’s App Store is that one shop as far as iPhone applications go. Unless you jail break your iPhone and invalidate you warranty.

All the control Apple are now beginning to wield over its iPhone, iPod Touch and App Store developers and users is, of course, in the best interest of the consumer and their user experience. It is certainly NOT a terribly slippery slope that is already eroding consumer choice. Where does it end?.