PainMeds writes: Author and longtime iPhone hacker Jon Zdziarski has written an article predicting that Apple will soon abandon the consumer. He cites the recent loss of AppStore developers for more open platforms, such as Android, and Apple's abandonment of Macworld as the beginnings of a cycle that will eventually end in a "big box" retail strategy for Apple. From the article, "I predict that Apple is headed in the direction of distancing themselves from both consumers and developers in exchange for the benefits that come from the volume sales generated by cheap equipment sold into cookie-cutter markets.". Towards the end of the article, Zdziarski suggests that Apple has lost its sense of innovation and has stagnated, re-selling the same products in different cases. His final prediction suggests that competitors will eventually overtake the company's mobile dominance and that Apple might lose the edge that make their hardware more "appealing" to the consumer.
Nuclear Elephant writes: "As the author of three books on the iPhone and a participant in the pre-SDK iPhone community, I took personal offense to Apple's suggestion that the only purposes for "jailbreaking" are nefarious. Quite the opposite, an entire community of innovators (one that Apple even hired) helped grow the iPhone's initial hype and paved the way for what would eventually become Apple's App Store. I've written an in-line response to Apple's opposition to the EFF's proposed exemption to allow for jailbreaking. It is my personal belief that the DMCA's exemptions are quite enough for most legitimate purposes of jailbreaking the iPhone, at least in its early days. More importantly, I try to expose the hidden agenda that appears to be surrounding this. You might be surprised to find that "jailbreaking" and breaking the iPhone's digital right's management are actually two entirely different things. Apple seems to be suggesting that accessing your own computer is what's responsible for piracy."