Some light shines inside the Evil Fruit: now appears to be lying and rotten

News broke over the weekend (Australian time) covering the formal responses to the FCC’s questions of Apple, AT&T and Google regarding the recent Google Voice debacle.

Michael Arrington has written a really good piece on the responses of Apple, and he makes a compelling case that Apple are lying.

While shining some light on the Evil Fruit and showing up how pathetic and biased many of the Apple apologists and Fan Bois really are is great to see, I’m concerned that there isn’t enough attention being paid to the real issue here: that Apple’s App Store shouldn’t be the only place you can legally install applications from.

Lets hope that the FCC and digerati focus on this issue when Apple back-flips and is forced to allow the Google Voice Application into the iTunes store. Allowing Apple to retain and control this walled garden is bad for consumers, bad for the industry and ecosystem, and shows Apple to be a much bigger threat to competition – particularly if they use the iPhone model for their tablet play – than Microsoft has ever been.

2 thoughts on “Some light shines inside the Evil Fruit: now appears to be lying and rotten

  1. Okay, I don’t want to sound like an Apple apologist here, because I agree they’re way out of line in the level of control they’re exerting over apps on the iPhone, but …

    “Evil”? That’s very strong, emotive language. Stupid, foolish, anti-competitive, greedy – those are all words that I would use; ‘evil’ implies that they’re maliciously acting this way – in full knowledge of the consequences – just because.

    I’m hesitant to attribute to malice what can easily be attributed to incompetence and shortsightedness (and I’m saying that as an iPhone user who dearly enjoys his device).

    There’s a reasoned set of points here, and a good conversation to have; IMO taking up entrenched positions about the morality of the entities involved is probably not conducive to that discussion!

  2. @arcwhite, I agree that the phrase “evil” is emotive and certainly way over the top as a characterisation of Apple’s behaviour in creating a completely walled technology environment which ensures they’re full in control and can maximise their financial benefit.

    My reason for using it, however, is that the debate for years about Apple’s behaviour has been anything by rational an unemotive. The Apple fan base is often religious in their zeal and at depending their beloved company: I don’t think that pointing out Apple’s behaviour as being “not nice” and “pretty unfair” would have the appropriate level of cut through, hence applying the same emotive hyperbole that we’ve seen coming through for years from their apologists (often otherwise upstanding members of the tech community).

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