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This business of Apple being constantly praised uncritically or damned irrationally on slashdot is getting really old. Steve Jobs is neither your saviour nor the antichrist, and iAd is just a way for developers to offer an ad-sponsored software option.
I agree wholeheartedly. I'm not sure if geeks only have a binary emotional state, and now that Microsoft is increasingly irrelevant, Apple has been slotted into that Jungian archetype in their brains, but I *am* sure that the real world is a) a lot more nuanced that that; and b) almost 100% uncaring as to the opinion of slashdot posters re: the "worthiness" of a company.
If Apple sees that this increases Android usage, they'll reverse policy on the Flash block, and users everywhere will praise Steve for his insight and timing.
No they won't.
Well, it's Apple and people are "all over their asses".
And just to clarify a point - after having read the terms, Apple doesn't appear to be telling people they cannot use any other ad service, just not ad services that send demographic and usage data back *to companies who also own a product that competes with the iPhone*.
I would suspect Apple's response to an unfavorable ruling will simply be to ban ads and/or analytics in iOS apps. But it seems unlikely that Apple will get an unfavorable ruling on this - it seems a bit unrealistic for the government to force a company to reveal information to competitors.