Of iOS5 updates, and Apple’s new built-in apps.

Apple has recently announced the next versions of their mobile and desktop OS’s, and are understandably talking points in tech circles.

What I’m baffled by, is some of the reaction to these announcements, especially with regard to iOS, the mobile OS used in iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Sample this:

The App Store is mostly filled with Reminder apps and those developers are really pissed off since yesterday’s keynote. Apple has put up their own reminders app in the latest version of iOS. This means, all those reminder apps you find on the AppStore at dead, or may be at least, very low sales. Apple has also included location based reminders that reminds you when you cross a “geo-barrier”. There were apps for this purposes, we reviewed Place Clock a while ago which was supposed to give you alarms when you reach a specific geo location. Apple borrowed features from all these apps out there and combined it into a single app.

Secondly, its a hit to Camera app devs. Many developers including taptaptap, makers of Camera+, one of the best camera apps out there. Apple has added a feature to iOS 5 which lets you quickly open the camera from the lock screen even if the phone is locked. This means, less frequent use of third-party apps.

What exactly is the idea here? That Apple should not expand built-in functionality in the OS, simply because they haven’t done so in the past, and developers have sought to fill the gaps? Is that even a meaningful thought-process?

Secondly, does the presence of built-in apps automatically dissuade the use of third party apps? Apple has a built-in calendar app. Does this mean there are no other calendar apps in the market? How about weather? Stocks? Notes?

Why is the present situation about the new Reminder app any different then?

P.S.: The link I pointed to above also has a pretty extensive list of actual updates in iOS5. Worth checking out.

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2 thoughts on “Of iOS5 updates, and Apple’s new built-in apps.

  1. At first glance, that’s what it is: “Hah! They bundled something, so users wouldn’t use anything else!” But no, that wasn’t the crux of it. The point was building a monopoly: Microsoft not only wanted their products to succeed, but they wanted to crush the opposition out of business – not as a side effect of a great MS product, but actively.

    No one has a problem with, say, Apple bundling Safari, or having built-in PDF rendering capabilities (for example, I don’t use Adobe Acrobat Reader, or any pdf-printing app on my Mac) because they don’t impede other vendors with similar programs.

    From this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Microsoft

    Judge Jackson issued his findings of fact[11] on November 5, 1999, which stated that Microsoft’s dominance of the x86 based personal computer operating systems market constituted a monopoly, and that Microsoft had taken actions to crush threats to that monopoly, including Apple, Java, Netscape, Lotus Notes, Real Networks, Linux, and others. Then on April 3, 2000, he issued a two-part ruling: his conclusions of law were that Microsoft had committed monopolization, attempted monopolization, and tying in violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act, and his remedy was that Microsoft must be broken into two separate units, one to produce the operating system, and one to produce other software components.

    […]

    Jean-Louis Gassée, CEO of Be Inc., claimed Microsoft was not really making any money from Internet Explorer, and its incorporation with the operating system was due to consumer expectation to have a browser packaged with the operating system. For example, BeOS comes packaged with its web browser, NetPositive. Instead, he argued, Microsoft’s true anticompetitive clout was in the rebates it offered to OEMs preventing other operating systems from getting a foothold in the market.[24]

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