10% of America sues you.
So the deed is now going through. Sorry Android guys but your days of having a monopoly on open platforms may soon be over, muwahahah!
Ok so it will probably never be a real open platform (but neither is the Android, so suck it!) but the prospect of the justice department forcing Apple and AT&T to open up the platforms to non-AppStore apps and alternate carriers does make the iPhone a little more tolerable (yes mine is still in one piece).
So now Steve-y Jobs is having a little dose of something we call consumer biteback. God forbid Jobs in his “enlightened” state (I thought Buddhists were supposed to be more peaceful and treat other living organisms well) have to actually listen to us mere mortals (and maybe avoid parking his dang Mercedes in a handicapped parking spot; oh right, he does have that mental disorder), but heck, we’re the only reason he’s getting any money at all.
Now before you say this could be a bad thing because the less control Apple has over their devices, the less control they have over quality, you should go cut your wrists and move to the USSR to see how totalitarianism worked out for them, and then realize that Apple already screwed the pooch. iOS4’s “multitasking” capability is a total pooch screw (EVERYTHING wants to background now instead of just exiting) and there’s a VERY healthy contingent of crap software in the App Store. Opening the platform more just means that REAL developers don’t have to pay $100/year to have their apps published and can release them under open source licenses, versus right now being dominated by web “developers” who think they know how to program despite having been braindamaged beyond all hope by learning some dialect of BASIC (worse yet, Visual BASIC).
So Apple has already messed up the original intention of the App Store, to keep the quality of Apps high, now its coming out that Apple is full of a bunch of micromanaging idiots with less tolerance for competition than Microsoft. Yeah I said it.
With as bad as things are, the only remaining direction to go is positive. That said, a significant amount of entertainment is almost assured to ensue in the coming months as the class action progresses.