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September 17, 2007

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Chris Carlin

My commenting here has me paying more attention than usual to Apple products so I can refresh my memory.

This morning I just happened to be reading this* wherein "Apple marketing honcho Greg Joswiak" mentioned two relevant things:

Firstly, yes, the iTouch is "running OS X on basically the same hardware."

Secondly, Apple promises not to intentionally break the hacks...whether you trust the company or not is your decision :)

* http://www.gearlog.com/2007/09/apples_joswiak_we_dont_hate_ip.php

Stephen Skarlatos

It makes total sense for them to use the same platform.

I don't think they will be able to keep their neutral 3rd party application policy for long. Users are used to supported 3rd party application on the MAC/PC, they will want the same on the iPhone. Especially if someone develops a must have application and Apple breaks it with an upgrade.

Chris Carlin

I think the important thing isn't whether or not it makes sense that they use the same platform; the interesting thing is that they CAN, that they've invested in technologies that have this capability.

It shows many things about Apple's approach, its priorities, and its very business model. Perhaps it may be a minor point on its own, but one with huge implications.

Anyway, one large benefit of not supporting 3rd party developers is that they're not bound to backwards compatibility. Once the iPhone has matured for a while the API will be more static and this benefit won't be as significant.

Perhaps they'll change their 3rd party policy policy at that point.

In the mean time there is a great business case for encouraging people to develop applications through Safari, which is not THAT limiting anyway.

Ed Cooke

The football-game incident you refer to must be the "Heidi Game" from 1968, 39 years ago, when the Oakland Raiders scored 2 touchdowns in the final 65 seconds to defeat Joe Namath's New York *Jets*, not the Giants. And it was NBC, not CBS, which pre-empted the end of the game for a showing of the movie "Heidi", not "60 Minutes."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidi_Game

Other than that, you remembered it perfectly.

Stephen Skarlatos

Ed, thanks for getting the facts right...Hard to believe it was so many years ago.

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