For a change, there’s a more pressing issue for readers to ponder on, other than the usual debate about Apple’s policies. This time, it’s about an impending inquiry into the company’s restriction of software development for both its iPhone and iPad.
Apple stood solid on the belief that they are on the right track to be open-source. As far as the California Company goes, it can keep a tight grip of their widget as it could maintain control over its software and hardware, to include apps, user interfaces and its services. To them, this decision sets their products at ultimate heights.
Government and the Apple Platform Lockout
The Government sees things differently and is bent on an antitrust inquiry on the matter of Apple’s closed ecosystem. Both the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are finalizing plans on which of them would commence the probe over the lock out of the Apple products.
Whichever arm of the government will undertake the move will look into the policy of Apple which requires developers of their software to solely maximize Apple’s tools for programming. Further, if the results of the investigation veer toward the suspicion that Apple’s prohibition of apps development is indeed harming the industry players, Apple is expected to consider opening its doors.
For its part, Apple maintains that being pushed to the wall and allowing gaps into their software development pursuits would mean compromising their efforts for the best platform. Many people see things similarly, considering that when developers become too attached to third parties, it results to a paved road to disaster. This, considering that third parties could hold back enhancements, or make available a cross platform option for development and refuse to adopt choices of platforms.
Even equally alarming is how this impending move of the government will affect the rest of the industry players, such as Microsoft, Sony or even Adobe. Many are asking if the DOJ or the FTC will click their cuffs on Windows for not running Linux apps, or push Sony to sell non-Sony movies on their Playstation, or kick sense to Adobe so the Flash would make it easy on the idea of open videos.
Simple deductions tell that when this does happen, developers become lame ducks in the field of innovations. Being limited to substandard features, developers would sure not produce the best products.