Apple, arbitrary feudal lord? PC World Article.
I too think that it would be better if Apple allowed anybody to make and sell apps for the iPhone. But I don't know how much of that attitude is just commercial protectionism, and how much is to protect the iPhone from malware and whatnot. If some software f***s up your iPhone, you'll complain to Apple, won't you? It's a complex issue.
Funny enough, over ten years ago, Del Miller and myself wrote a satirical interview with a future Steve Jobs, where Apple by 2015 had taken over Microsoft's place as Overlord. I'd hate to think we were right!...
Steve Jobs: How did you like the G10 processor demo?
Interviewer: Well it was pretty impressive, generating a DNA enhancement right there on stage that cured Malaria was certainly impressive, and having a reluctant Phil Schiller test it in that mosquito chamber was pure brilliance. [...]
Jobs: That is the upcoming new Mac, the implantable "iMac GI"
Interviewer: Oooh! Er, "GI"?
Jobs: Yeah, it stands for "gastro-intestinal" You just swallow the little bugger and it swells up like a sea sponge somewhere in the vicinity of your duodenum. It sends the I/O out your bile duct directly into your sacral ganglia and from there to your central nervous system. We call it "Invasive Computing·.
Update: since I could only find this via the wayback machine, I figured I'd better post it on my own site!!