can see the writing on the wall.
Your iron grip on the iPhone is strangling the device. It’s time to free the iPhone, before Android takes over. You’ve still got the best UI, and you’ve got almost all the functionality–but that isn’t enough. You’re facing a multi-vendor OS anyone can develop for; you won’t beat that with a locked-down single-vendor appliance only you can approve software for.
By all means keep the iPhone lockable to a particular wireless provider. Keep the app store. Maybe even make people turn on “developer mode” or click through a warning to run unsigned software. But don’t keep trying to stop people from running the software they want to run on their iPhones. You’re driving away developers and driving away users.
If you won’t free the iPhone, at least free the tablet. I’ve wanted a Mac tablet for years–but that’s the point: I want a Mac-like tablet. A real computer that will run whatever software I want, not some locked-down piece of hardware that you control. If a giant iPod Touch is all you have to offer on the 27th, I’ll go with an Android tablet and Android phone, no matter how amazing your new UI is.
© mathew 2017