"I am Apple... And so can you."

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by MacToddB, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. MacToddB macrumors 6502a

    MacToddB

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2007
    Location:
    Rochester, NY
    #1
    With apologies to Steven Colbert for the title... :cool:

    What I mean is "We are ALL Apple". The fanboys, the whiners, the newbies, the hackers, etc. We all love the iPhone and many of us just wish it could be better. In many ways, the iPhone is superior to anything out there. But in many ways (Instant Messaging, non-music ringtones, Bluetooth Stereo, Bluetooth syncing, Office apps, notes nyncing, Lotus Notes compatibility), it is a step back. With 3rd party apps, endorsed by Apple, the iPhone now has the opportunity to claim its rightful place as the "Breakthrough Internet Communications Device" we were promised.

    As an Instant Messaging user (via 3rd party apps on 1.0.2), I was one of those early, vocal complainers, so it's only right that, now, I say "Thank You, Apple." This change will indeed allow the iPhone to reach its full potential.

    If I have to install apps via iTunes, and pay, that's fine...my concerns have never about money. Indeed, though I paid the original price, I never complained about the $200 price drop. I felt I had gained $200+ in value during my ownership.

    ...But I admit that I did take Steve up on his $100 credit... and I immediately bought four iPods as gifts. So, again I have to say "Thank You" to Steve, but also to those who did indeed make their voices heard in opposition to Apple's pricing decision. Sometimes, a little tough love is required to get Apple to take notice.

    Remember, Apple's initial stance was that Web Apps were the SDK. To claim, without evidence, that native 3rd party apps were the plan all the time, is at least inconsistent with Apple's public messaging. Perhaps it's true, but a lot of bad press and ill will could have been avoided by stating so.

    All of you who whined about our whining should keep in mind that Apple has listened, not to the "yes men", but to the customers with genuine concerns. And that has made the difference. Something to keep in mind in March when you run one of those Apple-blessed 3rd party apps that got its start in these hacking days. Much like my Apple II which owed a debt to Woz's hacking days.
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

    psychofreak

    Joined:
    May 16, 2006
    Location:
    London
    #2
    I am of the opinion that an SDK was on the cards from the beginning, but finding that they would never stop Jailbreakers prompted them to make the announcement...
     
  3. boss1 macrumors 6502a

    boss1

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2007
    #3
    I am of the opinion that Steve personally reads all of my posts which prompted his announcement because got tired of me complaining about Notes that don't sync among other things. :rolleyes:


    Good post MacToddB, genuinely thoughtful and accurately reflective of the iPhone community. I particularly like what you wrote in the end of your post:

    "All of you who whined about our whining should keep in mind that Apple has listened, not to the "yes men", but to the customers with genuine concerns. And that has made the difference."
     
  4. ejrizo macrumors 6502

    ejrizo

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    #4
    AMEN my brother Preach On... apple knows and listens they just act on it when it really becomes a problem to their pocket with bad press and so forth.
     
  5. yacoub macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2007
    #5
    You guys will believe anything. The reality is they'll be locked-down DRM apps only available for installation through iTunes and for a price. It'll be nothing anywhere near as great as you assume and it'll pale in comparison to the current open state of the touch and iPhone that allow us to install anything we want on them.
     
  6. MacToddB thread starter macrumors 6502a

    MacToddB

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2007
    Location:
    Rochester, NY
    #6
    Respectfully, I do NOT believe anything, but I am okay with the reality you cited above.

    As I posted originally, I'm okay with paying Apple for trusted apps, via iTunes. While I'd prefer the best of both worlds (free apps independent of Apple plus Apple-sanctioned apps), I now have a reasonable degree of confidence that there will be a native Instant Messaging client, supported by Apple. Whether it's from the ApolloIM folks, or AOL or Trillian, or iChat is less of a concern. We complained, Apple listened, and is committed to work within their parameters. That's fair. But I'll probably stay on 1.0.2 until it's more than vaporware!
     
  7. TurboSC macrumors 65816

    TurboSC

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2007
    Location:
    California
    #7
    Yes, it's nice to finally have companies that appeal to me. ones that actually read complaints and forums and listen to their customers.
     

Share This Page