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Reaping What You Sow

April 26, 2010 10:11:55.000

Now Apple is finding out about the kind of distrust their new "our languages only" policy is setting up with developers - witness the rumor that flew around the internet yesterday, ultimately ending in an email that Steve Jobs felt compelled to answer personally:

We heard a rumor last week about Apple making some big changes to the Mac OS X platform, let’s say to 10.7, in order to make it similar to iPhone OS and introduce an App Store for Mac applications that should be approved by Apple first. People started complaining about it, and I guess this would be the worst thing that could happen to a Mac developer, indeed. There are entire business built on top of the open nature of Mac OS X, and Apple just can’t change it anymore

It's a fairly absurd rumor, but - ponder the fact that it started to gain traction. That's the hole Apple has dug itself with some developers. As I've said before, it's too early to tell whether enough developers are angry enough to impact Apple... but this was an interesting data point.

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posted by James Robertson

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