His response comes via an email exchange with Greg from Tao Effect.
Lots of people are pissed off at Apples mandate that applications be originally written in C/C++/Objective-C. If you go, for example, to the Hacker News homepage right now:
Youll see that most of the front page stories about this new restriction, with #1 being: Steve Jobs Has Just Gone Mad with (currently) 243 upvotes. The top 5 stories are all negative reactions to the TOS, and there are several others below them as well. Not a single positive reaction, even from John Gruber, your biggest fan.
I love your product, but your SDK TOS are growing on it like an invisible cancer.
We think John Grubers post is very insightful and not negative:
http://daringfireball.net/2010/04/why_a ... ection_331
Sorry. I didnt catch that post, but I finished it just now.
I still think it undermines Apple. You didnt need this clause to get to where you are now with the iPhones market share, adding it just makes people lose respect for you and run for the hills, as a commenter to that article stated:
So what Apple does not want is for some other company to establish a de facto standard software platform on top of Cocoa Touch. Not Adobes Flash. Not .NET (through MonoTouch). If that were to happen, theres no lock-in advantage.
And that makes Apple evil. At least, it does in the sense that Google uses the term in dont be evil I believe pg translated evil as something along the lines of trying to compete by means other than making the best product and marketing it honestly.
From a developers point of view, youre limiting creativity itself. Gruber is wrong, there are plenty of [applications] written using cross-platform frameworks that are amazing, that he himself has praised. Mozillas Firefox just being one of them.
I dont think Apple has much to gain with 3.3.1, quite the opposite actually.
Weve been there before, and intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform.
The Mac has only been helped by the fact that Firefox, Ableton Live, and hundreds of other high-quality applications can run on it thanks to the fact that developers have a choice as to what tools they can use on it.
Crappy developers will make crappy apps regardless of how many layers there are, and it doesnt make sense to limit source-to-source conversion tools like Unity3D and others. Theyre all building apps through the iPhone developer tools in the end so the situation isnt even comparable to the Mac where applications can completely avoid using Apples frameworks by replacing them with others.
In my opinion, 3.3.1 only serves to make the platform less attractive to legitimate developers, giving them reason to write their software for competing platforms instead.
Thanks for considering this.
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