Jack Schofield, has yet another little pop at Apple, in a report on how it may charge for “pro” versions of its iApps. When reporting on Apple, Jack can never refrain from having a little comment – and lo and behold, he has this to say:
“Lots of companies give simple apps away free and charge for enhanced versions as a way of winning business. However, they don’t usually have Apple’s 100% monopoly market control, which allows it to bundle apps with all its proprietary hardware, regardless of any third-party competition.”
I can’t understand what the heck he’s talking about. First of all, the applications that Apple bundles are relatively simple – just because Apple bundles iTunes doesn’t mean you can’t sell Audion. What’s more, if he’s ever used Windows – and I can only assume that he has – then he might have noticed a few bundled apps, like Windows Media Player, Windows Movie Maker, Backup, and half a dozen others (and let’s not even talk about Internet Explorer). Surely Jack will now be writing a pithy, opinionated piece about how something must be done about about the one certified monopoly in the computer industry, and its habit of bundling applications with its proprietary operating system?
Oh god, the first Macworld for a while I’m not going to, and Panic produce the first geek t shirt’s for ages that I actually want. Especially the Jaguar one.