Steve Jobs further pushes me away from the iPhone camp

Recent news is that Steve Jobs has furthered his pettiness and going beyond just not allowing Flash on the iPhone/iPad, is now preventing applications not written on Apple’s proprietary platform from being loaded on the iPhone.

Essentially, Apple requires you to buy one of their over-priced proprietary machines in order to gain access to their iPhone SDK. And they require use of such in order to write an application.
Let’s put this in different industry terms. It’s akin to you buying a Toyota and only being allowed to run it off of gas bought from Toyota.

Steve Jobs made claims in the past that the reason against Flash is performance. I called BS.  Now the cards are face up, and we see that I was right.  The issue is NOT one of performance. (Adobe’s CS5 was to allow the creation of native iPhone apps using the Flash development tools.) So we’re not even talking about the Flash runtime.
The issue is one of $$ and control, and pettiness.  Apple doesn’t want Flash on the iPhone because it could potentially set the phone free.  Right now, everything has to go through iTunes. And Apple gets a cut of each item.  The iPhone has been jailbroken, and repeatedly Apple has endeavored to close it.

I hear a lot of arguments for HTML5 over Flash.  But HTML5 will not do everything Flash does. If you want it for video delivery fine.  But I keep hearing the argument made for “open” versus “proprietary”.  And yet, these arguments are made to defend what is probably the most proprietary locked computer of all times.  (Heck, Adobe even open sourced their Flex framework.) Shouldn’t all you open-source fanboys be arguing for Apple to open up their platform a little?

The iPhone is an amazing device. It’s design, interface, … elegance even? But for many of us it is fraught with frustration. It is bound by a strict controls and limits that often plague the more advanced user.  The system has often lacked abilities, tools and applications that should be there, this has led to a growing disgruntled demographic.  Many have migrated to the Android platform. But when it comes to cell phones, availability is not always an option thanks to cell platform.

I am truly torn, cause I really like the iPhone, and what it can do. But am continually frustrated by the nightmare that is iTunes and the restrictions that Apple imposes on the iPhone. Since jailbreaking my phone I have gained access to innumerable features already inherent in my iPhone 3G (ie: memory tools to reduce freezes and crashes, video, ringtones and more).

I have many applications I love on my iPhone. But am growing tired of performance issues, restrictions, loss of media access due to DRM, and synching with iTunes. I am also tired of waiting for features that are no brainers. Copy/paste took nearly 2 yrs. Doh!  And why can’t I go directly into my inbox when I go into a mail account. I hate doing 4-5 steps to go from one email account to another. And no, I don’t want ALL my email in one mailbox.

So this brings me to my real point….

WHY ADOBE HAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY IF THEY ARE SMART ENOUGH TO TAKE IT!

“The more you tighten your grip, Steven, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.”

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2 Responses to “Steve Jobs further pushes me away from the iPhone camp”


  1. 1 Teddy Matayoshi April 10, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Overpriced proprietary machines? Hmmm welcome to 2010. Thanks to the success of the iPod, iPhone and now the iPad, MacBook’s capable of developing iPhone apps are like $900. You don’t need a full blown Mac Pro. Apple is protecting their platform and end user experience same way as Adobe.

    “The issue is one of $$ and control, and pettiness. Apple doesn’t want Flash on the iPhone because it could potentially set the phone free. ”

    Ofcourse Apple wants $$ and control. They spent tons of money and time to develop a great platform. It’s their right and kicking Flash permanently out of the iPhone platform just proved it. Apple is a company big on user experience. I’ve never seen an integrated, smooth purchase experience for music and apps until iTunes. By the way Gas prices are controlled predominantly by the Arab Nations.

    iPhone is only one platform, it’s the biggest mobile platform by far, so if you don’t like developing native iPhone apps then there’s always Android, Windows 7 etc. Lee Brimelow shouting “Go Screw Yourself, Apple!” will not make Apple put Flash on the iPhone.

    I love Flash, Flash animator myself but I love the iPhone / iPad platform as well. iPhone is a revolutionary platform and the rest are copy cats. You can’t beat the original the same way that you can’t reinvent the airplane, the Wright Brothers already did that. You can, if you will, improve the user experience.

  2. 2 thesaj April 10, 2010 at 1:17 am

    “Overpriced proprietary machines? Hmmm welcome to 2010. Thanks to the success of the iPod, iPhone and now the iPad, MacBook’s capable of developing iPhone apps are like $900.”

    Let’s look at this…$900…what a steal. I can get similarly equipped Windows machines for $300-$400. So I’ll stand by – overpriced.

    “Apple is a company big on user experience.”

    Well, mine and many others, have found our experience foundering. iTunes has been the biggest pain in the butt software to deal with since SVN.

    “By the way Gas prices are controlled predominantly by the Arab Nations.”

    Can we say total red herring…

    “iPhone is only one platform, it’s the biggest mobile platform by far, so if you don’t like developing native iPhone apps then there’s always Android, Windows 7 etc”

    We bashed Microsoft for years on anti-trust and fined them millions. Apple is doing far worse. Fanboys keep criticizing Flash as proprietary, but it’s far less so than Apple’s products.

    ” iPhone is a revolutionary platform and the rest are copy cats. You can’t beat the original the same way that you can’t reinvent the airplane, the Wright Brothers already did that. ”

    Actually, many inventions have been beat. That argument makes zero sense.

    “You can, if you will, improve the user experience.”

    No we can’t, which is one of my main points. Apple won’t let us. I had a free memory tool in iStat. It improved my user experience until Apple stopped it.

    I have never denied the innovation that is the iPhone. In fact, I often refer to it as “being the greatest gadget ever, if only Apple and AT&T would get out of it’s way.”

    Lastly, I think the iPhone would be a much better device if it was freer, and had Flash and other development options. Or half the apps that are available for the jailbroken iPhones.

    And I encourage Adobe to release Flash Player on RockYourPhone

    🙂


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