Looks like it’s about time to get back to my conspiracy theories. Many things have been said about the partnership between AT&T and Apple, from praise (well, not that much of it) to scathing criticisms regarding such decisions as the clawing back of Google Voice and other related apps. Well, this just in: Apple help “increase” user spending on data charges.
I’d rather not spray TouchMyApps with my opinion on where the platform is headed due to Apple’s short-sightedness, so I will opt rather, for one word which sums up my thoughts: phewy! Apple have become famous for sticking it to devs both big and small, the latest of which is the Moby Dick of developers: Google. According to Apple, apps which utilise Google’s Voice app, “duplicate features that come with the iPhone”. Perhaps they are referring to Free SMS? Cheap long distance? The virtual ability to switch carriers? Are Apple referring to those abilities, because when I review AT&T’s iPhone plan, there isn’t a hint of formal ‘duplication’ of any features, rather, a healthy slathering of innovation.
Apple have always marched to the beat of a different drum, the think different drum. While this results in unique and oftentimes, revolutionary products, there are times when their dread of conformity is sinister. The particular angle that I am throwing is their insistence on absolute secrecy, a secrecy that can largely be to blame for the death of a 25 year-old Foxconn employee, Sun Danyong.