Look folks, this is not so complicated. Those who say this is just a little competition are deluding themselves. If I were to come out with a Konfab clone, that would be a little competition. If Apple were to do a clone in the form of an OS plus pack sold separately for $29.99, that would be heavy handed. What they did was a Borg style assimilation. It is obvious that Apple has no moral problem with the concept of bundling. It is a lot easier than competition. I guess Cupertino is saving a bundle on R & D these days.
Perhaps the best point I have seen so far is this. Why is Apple spending time and resources implementing mature, existing utilities. Why not spend their resources on functionality that does not already exist? This is the sort of thing that makes people question "Apple innovation". This is not innovation. It is just cut and paste. How much of what Apple has implemented falls in this category? They acquired Next, the foundation of OS X. They acquired Soundjam, the foundation of iTunes. They copied Watson down to the look and feel after acknowledging that Watson was innovative. Now Dashboard. They buy what they are legally forced to buy. They just take everything else. The shame of it is that the people actually responsible for many great features of the innovative OS/platform are forgotten and swept away. They have been assimilated and Apple gets the credit for innovation.
This will be my final rant on the subject as I believe it has all been said by now. People around hear know that I have been a long time hater of Apple, the company. And I am no fan of SJ. Yes, I like the products well enough and my iBook has served me well enough, but it is now showing its age (less than two years old).
All of this will be easier to swallow when people give up the childish notion that this is a battle between good and evil, and that Apple is the good guy. Not true. Apple occupies no moral high ground. They do not care about you anymore than any other company cares about you. They are not a kinder and gentler business. They will cut your throat and stab you in the back as soon as the next guy if they see an advantage to it. SJ is not fundamentally different from BG. APPLE IS NOT YOUR FRIEND! If they were as big and powerful as MS, they would be just as bad. In fact, they are just as big and powerful as MS in their own market segment and they do behave pretty much the same way. People need to quit trying to defend everything they do as if they were the good guys that need defending and just accept them for what they are. Love them or hate them, but do so on the merits of the products, not some preconceived notion that their the ones in the white hats.
Well that's it for me. I think I'll go find one of those iMac threads and rant about that for a while. What's up with that thing anyway?