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The latest round in the Apple Vs Adobe scwabble has seen a press release published by Apple explaining their position. As they attempt to take a moral high ground, they come off sounding like total hypocrits!

Sure, its easy to take a pop at flash… its bloated, buggy (on linux) and will eat into your system performace like no ones business. But with all that considered, it is responsible for a large amount of the matirial we consume online, and its not going away anytime soon.

But apples opening argument on its press release attempts to slam adobe for its lack of openness. Below I have quoted this section of the PR, as for no excerpts to be taken out of context.

    First, there’s “Open”.

    Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc. While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system.

    Apple has many proprietary products too. Though the operating system for the iPhone, iPod and iPad is proprietary, we strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the web should be open. Rather than use Flash, Apple has adopted HTML5, CSS and JavaScript – all open standards. Apple’s mobile devices all ship with high performance, low power implementations of these open standards. HTML5, the new web standard that has been adopted by Apple, Google and many others, lets web developers create advanced graphics, typography, animations and transitions without relying on third party browser plug-ins (like Flash). HTML5 is completely open and controlled by a standards committee, of which Apple is a member.

    Apple even creates open standards for the web. For example, Apple began with a small open source project and created WebKit, a complete open-source HTML5 rendering engine that is the heart of the Safari web browser used in all our products. WebKit has been widely adopted. Google uses it for Android’s browser, Palm uses it, Nokia uses it, and RIM (Blackberry) has announced they will use it too. Almost every smartphone web browser other than Microsoft’s uses WebKit. By making its WebKit technology open, Apple has set the standard for mobile web browsers.

For Apple to try and take the stand as the ‘good guy’ in an openness and free speech argument is so asburd and hypocrytical that only a fanboy would be sucked in by this garbage.

We all know that the iPhone and iPad are the two most locked down and controlled devices ever brought to market. EVER. Apple control exactly what the hardware is cabable of, through their propriatory OS. Apple control exacly what software is available for the platform, through the app store application process. Apple control exactly how developers make software through their propriatary SDK (mac only) and licence agreement.

By reading the above exerpt, you can see that Apple conveniently ignores all the points i mention, and focuses on web standards, thus conveying Apple as an advocate of openess and free creativity on the web. They believe that web standards should be open, but they don’t believe in openness when it has ramifications to their business model and profits (like in the app store).

Next, Apple gives its self a nice pat on the back for WebKit rendering engine. The wording of this shows Apple in a very positive light to the uniformed.

Apple did not create WebKit. They pillaged the opensource project KHTML, developped by KDE for their Konqueror browser. Apple made a fork of KHTML and named it ‘WebKit’, yet Apple withheld their code, preventing further colaboration with KDE on the project, and violating the initial terms of the licence. Apple eventually open-sourced their code in 2005, but from their behaviour, it is clear that they are not avocates of openness, and will do whatever it takes for their own gain.

So, that beats down every argument put forth by Apple against Adobe in regard to openness. Apple are hypocrits. Steve Jobs is the lead hypocrit. Apple fans are deluded fanboys who follow blindly and accept anything they are told. Apple are denouncing a company for following the same business model as Apple themselves. and that is pure hypocracy.

Please leave a comment if you have an opinion on this.

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I recently needed to let off a little steam,so i decided to provide some feedback for Apple in respect to the iPad. Below is my email, submitted via apple.com. Lets see if they take anything onboard. haha

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When will apple learn? The ipad might be considered a ‘pleasurable user experience’ with ample battery life, and a responsive touch display, but what apple is doing is reigning terror on its users.

In politics, apples position of power over its users would be compared to a dictatorship. Do you care for your users at all? The iphone/ipad ‘ecosystem’ restricts users in a way unparalleled in computing prior to the phone/itouch launch.

The biggest example of fascism in this sickening fiasco, is ofcourse the mandatory use of itunes/appstore in order to acquire new content or software for your device. Forbidding developers to release there software under open ‘free speech’ licences such as ‘GNU GPL’ or ‘MIT’ yet, as a company, having no qualms about pillaging the opensource community for your own gains when it suits you, shows just how greedy and hypocritical you really are.

The members of your staff who approve/reject appstore submissions, are clearly scitzophrenic. allowing an app one day, rejecting it the next, requiring re-submission for every update made to the app… Apple seems proud of the fact that there are [insert number of apps here] apps available for the this environment. never heard of quality over quantity?

back in the iphone/itouch only days. I could grudgingly accept the product for what it is. like games consoles, i do appreciate the importance of protecting what has been created. BUT! with the a move into the tablet sector, and with apple championing this ‘ipad’ as a computer, occupying the same ground as netbooks? no i will not stand for that. Is apple really trying to control users so tightly?

look at all non-apple phones out there. users are free to install compatible apps.how they please. the symbian and android projects are entirely opensource. windows mobile allows for the installation of open software and does not restrict its licensing. i happily run a python interpreter on my symbian device, and best of all, i haven’t spent a penny on software for it.

oh yeah, how could i be so naive? I just hit the nail on the head. MONEY. Don’t lie to your ignorant fanboy supporters who would jump off a cliff if SJ told them to. You lie to them and tell them that the ‘lockdown’ on the iphone/ipad is for there own good. you tell them that jailbroken devices are anti-apple and will cause the downfall of man. Are you that insecure in your ability to build a sturdy and resilient platform that you need to do that?

Ok, thats the main point, other stuff.. suggestions for the net gen of ipad (you might actually like some of these, but you’ll have heard these from other users for sure)

1. USB. not hard. every computer since 1998 has had one or more… except yours. I dont want to hear your excuses, you are crippling your users without it.

2. VGA/DVI/HDMI. add some kind of video out onto the device. I can see that you have released about 6 dongles to add ‘partial support’ for this sort of thing… but $30 for another item that you need to carry around?

3.MULTI TASKING. yes. computers have been doing this for so long,its not even funny. yeah. I get it, the ipad is underpowered,so…running multiple programs would slow the thing down thus impeding the much hyped user experience

4.HOMESCREEN. yeah you are using the same OS as iphone (more or less) but the ipad would benefit greatly from a redesigned homescreen to best make use of the screen space. you could integrate widgets and other webservices direct into the homscreen (like some other devices)

5.DRM. there is a snowballs chance in hell of you listening to this. DRM hurts your users. when will you understand that? it impedes usability and makes a mockery your ‘unparalleled user experience’ fascists!

Ok apple, listen carefully – stop trying to dazzle the media and fanboys with all ‘magical’ ‘revolutionary’ bullsh_t. concentrate on what matters (I dont mean how pretty the case is, or how smooth scrolling is, or having ‘nice animated menus) – if you still havnt figured it out,i’m taking about productivity and functionality. I really believe that the zombies that use your tech will awaken one day, and they’ll realize what tyrants you are.

Apart from that, Love it!

Tom