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| p.1 #14 · What is APPLE made a camera!? |
That wouldn't make much marketing sense - Apple's other hardware items work on the PC just fine, so I'm not sure why a camera would be locked into Mac-only usage.
It makes perfect marketing sense if it provides Apple with a way to monetize other hardware/ software they make versus easily providing a path for a user to use competing hardware/ software. Can you plug your iPad or iPhone into a PC and have it automatically sync your calendar, contacts, etc? Is iCal available for the PC? Address Book? Perhaps things have changed - I think it finally has as far as this type of syncing - but basic stuff like this used to be a pain unless you were using a Mac with an iPad/ iPhone AND using the most current version of iTunes. Not that I would have ever needed to plug my phone into my computer for these tasks anyway since everything updates automatically through Google - just like Apple's iCloud has finally caught up to I guess.
Frankly I'm glad the iPad is locked down (with a few exceptions - I hate the complete non-usage of, oh I dunno, FILE NAMES in apps like snap seed). Market and hardware fragmentation really hurts app reliability - visited the Android marketplace yet? Their app performance is all over the map, from "running great" to "crashes on startup", depending on what flavor of the week Android OS you're running (and hardware, which is also different, and UI overlay, which is also different!).
I do agree with the 'open camera' assumption - I don't see Apple ever doing so, and frankly I don't see them making a stand-alone camera anyway...that's what iPhones are for.
Never ever have I experienced an issue where Android's openness resulted in any major user issue for me. In fact, quite the opposte (though I am a power user and someone who uses alternate roms - how many of those are floating around for the iPhone/ iPad?) On the other hand, the openness of the system has allowed me to do things an iPhone or iPad user could only dream of at the time the capability was easily doable on an Android device. I remember wirelessly printing pdf's, emails, word docs whatever from my Nexus One about two years ago. This was not a capability on the iDevices at the time (I'm assuming it is now?) due to the closed system and Apples control. Same goes with using that same phone as a wireless hotspot for my sisters iPad around the same time. Again, something the iPhone finally added I believe. Still waiting on the free voice activated turn by turn navigation on the iPhone. I recall going into an Apple store at one time and asking how I turned on the free voice navigation feature. I said "with my Nexus One, I say "Navigate to wherever and the phone gives me turn by turn voice nav without even having to look at it - great for driving." I was told iPhone can't do that (again, unless it's finally been added and I missed it). Anyway, if the closed iDevice system was not always so far behind in functionality as compared to the open Android system, I would be all over it.