Jan/Feb 2010 | Volume 2/Number 1
Why Apple iTablet May Ruin Tech
By Rich Terhani
Some of the most exciting news for all of technology has to be the official introduction of a new product category at Apple – the tablet. After all, the iPod and iPhone (News - Alert) were responsible for billions of dollars in new spending from global consumers.
Every day I think about how I wish there was a way to download any app I wanted to an iPhone without jailbreaking it, I am thankful that this world of locked-in apps hasn't come to PCs and laptops. But guess what? Apple is definitely coming out with a tablet now and one has to wonder if the App Store will come with it. If it does, will laptops and desktops be next?
Are we witnessing the end of freedom when it comes to applications on all devices? Sure, I can likely go to the competition today and download any app I want on a Windows Mobile or Android (News - Alert)-based device, but what if the trend catches on? Apple is raking in cash from the App Store. How long before Microsoft investors begin to complain?
Will jailbreaking of devices become the next frontier for battling consumers – replacing the battle over music piracy by record labels? Is this what we have to look forward to this decade?
I for one hope this doesn't happen. But if Apple's device is really incredible, I will likely go out and get one and perhaps another for my family. Sure, it is early to say I will drop $1,000 per device for something I haven't seen, but that is the trust I have in Apple's ability to create new devices that people crave. And therein lays the problem for the open application market.