Ars Technica “reported” this morning about “leaked” reports on the iPhone SDK. While these “leaks” tell us almost nothing that we haven’t been hearing for months, the report has already sparked a heated debate among the commentors that has seemingly turned personal almost instantly.
0xdeadc0de writes: “…people hack the iPhone because people want to write software for the iPhone. And these measures, if true, are a huge spit in the face to anyone and everyone who values the platform.”
while others like, BuonRotto, respond with: “Aside from the debate over whether controlling the distribution of apps is more secure (seems to be) or more restrictive (seems to be), Apple is *very* concerned about its image with these apps. That is, I think a major motivation for the stamp-of-approval/portal strategy of the iPhone SDK is that Apple feels that these apps will reflect on Apple, not just the develop that wrote them.”
This is already growing tiresome to me, and its only been one post on one blog. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to take it when the actual information hits on Thursday and the debate explodes all over the Internet….so maybe we should just get ours out of the way now.
I happen to be of the opinion that it isn’t a “spit” in anyone’s face to keep your platform semi-closed. I don’t want malicious software on my iPhone – and I’m not terribly interested in hacking it. Those that are interested in hacking it can do so very easily and put whatever the heck they want onto it.
So where is the problem here?
Isn’t everyone happy? Can’t the hackers hack, and those of us that don’t want to hack, NOT hack, and still get great applications for the device? Is that not enough?
Now, admittedly, we’re just talking about what we THINK is going to happen at this point – but that’s never stopped us Apple fans before, has it?