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05-29-2013, 01:59 AM #1
Cook: Apple to Open iOS to Third-Party Developers
Of the myriad of topics crammed into Cook’s one hour interview at the D11 conference, one of the topics that came up was regarding the company’s mobile OS and third party developers. Cook said that third-party developers would slowly gain access to iOS application programming interfaces (APIs) in the future, allowing for apps to integrate with higher functions of iOS devices.
When asked whether the company’s mobile OS would become more “open” to developers, Cook ended up telling AllThingsD’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher the following:
Of course. On the general topic of opening up APIs, I think you'll see us open up more in the future, but not to the degree that we put the customer at risk of having a bad experience. So there's always a fine line to walk there, or maybe not so fine.
I've see some of these settings screens, and I don't think that's what customers want. Do some want it? Yes
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05-29-2013, 04:39 AM #2
This is a positive in my book. Who remembers around pre 2007 & nokia N95 when it was such a hassle getting apps on your phone! Apple stepped up first with a great os then born from cydia ( I believe) the AppStore. Every phone manufacturer owes a lot to apple and now this is the news we have all been waiting for.
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05-29-2013, 05:01 AM #3
He's right. People who buy Crapple do expect Crapple to make choices on their behalf. That's because most of the people who buy Crapple products are simple and have no imagination and are about as tech savvy as a rock!
05-29-2013, 05:23 AM #4
I have to agree, Apple is not doing a bad job with the iPhone/iPad/iPod (iOS). It's very stable, rock solid, and has a TON of support in every way shape and form. If he says they will open up more year after year that's enough for me. (jailbreak or not) JustCasue152, as soon as you used the word Crapple I couldn't take you serious. The world is a better place because of how standard/stable iOS is. They haven't abused their control yet. I'll be happy the jump ship if they cross the line in the future, but so far so good.
05-29-2013, 06:07 AM #5
Justcause.. You're so smart. I wish apple people were smart as you. /s
05-29-2013, 07:25 AM #6
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05-29-2013, 07:38 AM #8
I'd like to see widgets for notification center and quick reply a standard thing. But to get things like MCP+, intelliscreen x, zephyr etc. I doubt iOS will open up that much
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05-29-2013, 08:49 AM #12
Would it be too complicated if they made both an open and closed version? What I like about everything in the App Store is I don't have to worry about complications or viruses like in Cydia for my wife's phone. For me I JB but download cautiously.
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05-29-2013, 11:19 AM #17
Yeah he obviously owns an android.
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05-29-2013, 12:06 PM #19
"Cook believes customers pay for Apple to make certain choices on their behalf, including the system’s security and stability."
He sounds like the US govt, knowing what's best for us.
I enjoy the security and stability, however, I think it should be up to the user to customize the overall look of the UI. I've seen some people do some ugly things with their UI, but it's their phone so more power to them.
They really need to add a "sheep mode" button for people that want ios to "just work" and open up the UI for the rest of us.
05-29-2013, 12:08 PM #20
That's great, but I'd prefer a mobile OS that's more open to consumers.
I don't much care for all these locks and restrictions to protect the consumers from themselves. For example, preventing iPhone owners from downgrading to an older version of iOS. Why do that? I can see they want everyone to have a modern, consistent experience, but if someone wants to downgrade their phone to an older iOS and are fine with the drawbacks of running an older iOS, why not let them? Imagine if Microsoft somehow made it so if you've ever installed Windows 8 on a PC, you could never downgrade back to Windows 7, or back in the Vista days, you couldn't downgrade back to XP. I don't think most people would like that at all, so why have that kind of restriction on a mobile OS? Also, why fight jailbreakers? Why not let users decide if they want to take the risk of installing apps from unknown sources? I can understand not wanting to offer technical support to these people and telling people with jailbroken phones that they're SOL unless they want to restore back to stock, but people should be allowed to jailbreak their phones if they want to. Better yet, just add the ability to install apps from unknown sources in Settings and few people would need to jailbreak in the first place.
It's those kinds of restrictions against consumers that have me eying Android more and more.