Originally Posted by agolongo
Is Steve Jobs spooning you right now? Here is an idea, Freedom of Choice! Allow third party OTA installations without asking for Papa's permission, warn the user of the danger but let the user choose! Its a mobile computing platform just like a Apple Macintosh not a toaster.
So I dont buy it? I'll go to google where I have more installation freedom but they will mine all my personal data to exploit me in the future. Maybe I'll check out WP7, ohh wait they are doing both.
God your the customer, pretend for once like your in the drivers seat, looking after your own self interest and demanding progress instead of running PR for Apple.
You as a consumer can choose which phone to buy
You as a consumer have the choice of installing any application from the AppStore
You as the owner of an iOS device have the choice of doing what you want with it, including jailbreaking it or throwing it against the wall.
Not a Choice:
What you cannot choose to do is tell Apple how to run their business or how they're going to make/design their own products. They make a product, you either like it or you don't. It's really that simple. And I'm not just defending Apple here, I'm defending anyone's desire and ability to create something.
You can't go to a car dealership and expect a car with three wheels.
You can't go to Best Buy and expect that they sell computers with 5 1/4 floppy drives.
You can't expect H.264 support in FireFox from Mozilla.
You can't expect Verizon to remove pre-installed crap ware from their phones.
You can't go to an art gallery and expect that a piece of art be modified more to your liking.
Just because you can "Have it Your Way" at Burger King doesn't mean McDonald's is going to listen to your demands as well.
Sorry, but even companies have the "Freedom of Choice!"... the freedom to make a product anyway they want and present it the consumer and leave it up to them to decide if they want to buy it or not.
"Freedom of Choice" does not mean there must be different choices. It means the freedom to choose when there is a choice. Your freedom of choice does not give you the right to force someone else to do it your way, which would be to take away their freedom of choice.
The AppStore only exists because Apple decided to open up development on the iPhone. How about Apple chooses to shut it down? What it make you happier if you didn't have any choices at all? 6 million original iPhones were sold with zero app choices other than what came on the device.
How about Apple chooses to discontinue all iOS devices? Would having one less smart phone choice make you happier? It would definitely give one less thing to complain about.
What I don't understand is people's sense of entitlement... Someone creates something. It didn't exist before, now it exists. Instead of letting other people enjoy this thing, there are people who feel "gipped" because it wasn't created in a way that makes sense to them, so instead of just letting those people who do enjoy it have it, these people feel they need to protest until it is changed to something more in agreement with their sensibilities. They could move on and continue to look for something else that might be better for them, but apparently they'd rather spend their time being disgruntled and complain about it.
Its up to us to mold the construct of how the corporation behaves in our society, its the dog and has its purpose but we are supposed to be the handler!
You're right about making sure a company behaves responsibly in society and communities, but I just don't see how restricting your choice of apps down to a measly few hundred thousand is being socially irresponsible? It is after all just a consumer electronics device that YOU chose to pick up and use.
Society and communities are usually governed by laws and rules. There has to be some form of control, otherwise there is no society. If everyone was allowed to do whatever they wanted, society would not exist. Boundaries are outlined and marked; this is what you can do, this is what you can't do. These simple rules define and make up society. So on one hand you're all for "society" and on the other you object to Apple governing its own products and store?
To think that corporations are the dog and you're the master is way too idealistic. If ALL a company was interested in is in making money, then yes, this would be true. However, if a company is genuinely interested in building the best products they think they can make, then they tend to try and make them regardless of how their customers feel about it or even asking their customers what they think about it.