The Problem With Apple
Yes I know you've just bought that new, I-pad or I-phone and their just awesome right? Well to anyone just using it but not planning on ever truly creating anything it is. Have you ever wanted to create that great app for your I-phone or I-pad? Can you create it on an I-pad or right on your I-phone? No. You have to own a Mac to create any application that is really worth having. You also have to go through a pain staking review by apple to have your application accepted so it will actually run in the apple I-phone/I-pad environment. Then you have to pay Apple even more money in fees and monthly fees to have your application available for people to download.
Now maybe you think this is fine but remember that old days. In the 1990s when Windows was king how many programs ran on windows? How many of those were made just by amateur programmers? Thousands, maybe millions. Did they all have to submit their programs to Microsoft just to make sure they worked in Windows? No, not at all. Even I have dabbled in programming myself and I can tell you that you can write a program in any number of computer languages and run it in windows and distribute it online yourself at no cost. Windows is and was always open that way.
Now all through the late 80s and 90s Steve Jobs and Apple always got angry with Windows saying they were monopolizing the market, that Microsoft was stopping Apple from marketing their fair share of products and that Microsoft was making programmers leave Apple high and dry for Windows. The truth is the programmers wanted to use what was more popular and to be honest easier to program for. But now with the popularity of tablets and smart phones skyrocketing Apple is doing the same thing that they claimed Microsoft were doing in the 1990s only it's much worse as I said you can't even make a program that works with the device until it is OK'd by Apple.
Over time of course people are finding ways around Apple's greed many games and apps are starting to be made in Html5/Java and really only need a browser to work. So unless Apple plans on getting rid of internet browsers many of these games and apps will work on I-phone and I-pad despite Apple's incredibly nasty power play. As said before I myself have dabbled in computer programming since the 1990s and have created several small programs and games. In the future I'm sure I will again but can say that it will be done using html5/java and not an Apple controlled editor on a Mac. I also won't being paying a load of money as a one time charge or monthly payments. After all some of my planned apps will be free and why would anyone want to pay money to make available a free app?
Apple may thing they have the world by the throat right now and maybe their right but as things change quickly in the tech world. Other smart phones powered by Android are on the rise and these as far more open to programmers. Soon Apple may find them choking on Google Android's dust.
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