Worst iPad reporting ever

This article by Jonathan Zittrain is why it’s wise not to let law professors write about technology:

If Apple is the gatekeeper to a device’s uses, the governments of the world need knock on the door of only one office in Cupertino, California – Apple’s headquarters – to demand changes to code or content . Users no longer own or control the apps they run – they merely rent them minute by minute.

I know he’s striving for an analogy here, but putting in an analogy which suggests you simply don’t know what you’re talking about isn’t exactly good practice.

  • Kenneth Teh

    Ian, don’t worry about Jonathan’s weak article
    which I think will about to change nobody’s point
    of view. Even if support or changing codes governed
    by Apple isn’t really a bad thing, just like Macs, software
    & hardware support all under one roof, isn’t it beautiful?
    Plus nobody knows more suitable codes other than the
    hardware makers themselves.

    It’s a sad thing when the donkey mentioned about “Users
    no longer own or control the apps they run – they merely
    rent them minute by minute” that’s the most stupid thing
    I’ve ever heard. What is it? Movies on AppleTV? It’s the
    apps we’re talking about here… I have got a few friends
    who are enjoying their iPhones and I asked them about
    the apps and they are all a ONE-OFF purchase, rent them
    minute by minute? It’s pathetic how low one can get to
    defame a great product…