Originally Posted by Blackintosh
So Apple would have to license it. So what? Why is it not okay for Apple to pay another company for existing widely used technology? I know Flash is terrible and evil, but do you and the AI community have anything against Skype and AIM??
I will feel free to give Apple crap so long as they keep telling me what I may and may not do.
FaceTime is to be published as an open standard, according to the intentions publicly stated by Apple. Skype, AIM, MSN all use closed, proprietary systems. If Apple got into bed with a closed/proprietary system you would have a field day.
Please stop going on about Flash - it isn't terrible or evil. No one has said so. It is not ready for mobile devices, it's unnecessarily processor intensive, makes machines run hot and drains battery life. It is not properly developed for a touch interface, nor was it ever intended for video delivery, and there are real world, already supported, non-html5 alternatives in place. Web developers should AS STANDARD provide alternative content for non-flash enabled clients, and always should have - better sites out there always have.
I have nothing against AIM or Skype - I love Skype. That is not the point. What do you have against Apple - why shouldn't they release something new instead of integrate with/licensing from a rival company? I thought you were a share holder - do you want to see high profit margins or not?
Yes, Apple is a commercial company. They exist to make money. That is not a bad thing. The consumer will always have choice, there are always alternative companies, alternative service providers.
The consumer is a powerful force, Apple is no more immune to their wrath than any other company. The fact is (yes fact, not opinion) that Apple's market share, product awareness and profit are all increasing.
They must be doing something right?
In my opinion the major mistake from apple in the last 24 hours is leaving blu-ray off the apple TV - i don't want blu-ray on my desktop/laptop - but to omit it from my HD television is nonsense - I shan't be purchasing a box that doesn't replace an existing box or bring any new functionality. Thats my opinion, I'm sure others will love it - but it's not for me. But I'm not about to scream and shout at Apple because they dared to make a product that doesn't appeal to me.
I can choose not to buy it and look for alternative solutions. Turns out there are other companies than Apple (or Microsoft for that matter) that I as a consumer can choose to purchase products and services from.