Originally Posted by Jetz
I doubt it. And as a Mac user this has me worried. Apple is clearly enjoying the level of control they have over iOS devices. And they seem to be working hard to bring that to the Mac. The App Store was the first step. And I can't see the trend reversing any time soon.
I think your fears are misplaced. Ask yourself the following questions:
1) Since the "iOSification" of the Mac, has it become less "open", or "more"? Did the Mac App Store reduce the options you have? Is Lion less, or more, open than Snow Leopard?
My answers - The mac has clearly become more open. Mac App store has not reduced what you can install by a bit. On the other hand, Apple has gone ahead and included Mac OS Server in the regular Lion install. And if yesterday's ATI rumor is true, then the Hardware has also become more open.
2) Since the release of the iPhone, has it become more, or less open? Quite clearly, iOS has slowly, but surely, become more open with time. I think the only backwards step was enforcing the usage of only in-App purchases through Apple's API. But even this was not a new step, but rather the enforcement of an existing rule, in a very specific case (although, the only information we have is from the words of a competitor).
Clearly, the trend in both instances is towards more openness. I can't see any benefit in Apple moving backwards.
Cue the "30% of all iTunes revenue" nonsense. Its been said many many times over. Apple makes no money from the 30%, i.e. compared to their device sales. It took them 3 1/2 years to hand out 2Bn. That means the App Store generated about 900mn in 3 1/2 years, in revenue, without deducting credit card, app store dev and maintenance costs, over that period. Even if you assume the App Store had 0 costs, does it make ANY sense to sacrifice the billions of dollars of pure profit that the iOS devices bring in every quarter to bolster this tiny sliver of money?
Apple is not stupid. They will not kill the mac (its a business that would fall in the Fortune 500 by itself, and its still growing dramatically). Limiting usage like on iOS would do exactly that.