[OT] Apple at it again

Richard Gaskin ambassador at fourthworld.com
Wed Feb 16 12:07:28 EST 2011

"If it's Tuesday it must be a new iOS license..."  ;)

Personally, I'm not too concerned about this latest move by Apple.

Like Chipp says, Apple will backpedal on this once the implications 
become clear, just like they did last time:

Apple is a smart company, far too clever to let all that money walk away 
- as Seth Weintraub at 9to5Mac wrote yesterday:

    "In fact, I’m willing to bet this move by Apple will spark
     the biggest move to HTML5 web stores that’s ever existed."

I'll wager this policy lasts no more than a few months.  The only 
question is whether the reversal will happen before most of the major 
publishers revamp their apps as web sites.

And as long as I have my soothsayer hat on, I'll go one step further, 
first gently reminding the readers that I also predicted here that Apple 
would adopt multi-button mouse functionality and move to Intel years 
before they did:

Before 2012 is done The Daily will be a web site.

It simply makes business sense:  a good news organization requires more 
eyeballs than a single form factor can provide, and it's an unnecessary 
limitation in a world of ever-increasing diversity of form factors.

An app can reach several million iOS users, but a web site can reach 
billions of people using every device from every manufacturer.  The only 
mystery here is why publishers didn't start thinking this through until now.

There was never a better time to sharpen one's JavaScript skills.  Much 
of the money flowing into iOS projects today will be HTML5 projects 

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World
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