• Starry night above Mont Blanc and the lights of Geneva under the cloud inversion layer.

    Taken from the road up to St Cergue in December 2016 and promptly forgotten about.

  • Spring is arriving in Bougy-Villars. #shotoniphone

  • If the latest iPad Pro Apple event was the most exciting for me personally in years, this upcoming services event feels outright boring.

    If nothing miraculous happens, it will only be a lot of US centric media stuff we never will see or use.

  • Say hello to my little friend. Cold, snowy walk with Zoe on the Signal-de-Bougy golf course. #shotoniphone

  • Where I think Apple should and could do some modifications to the App Store contract, is regarding information to the user. At the moment, it’s silly an app can’t even tell a user why there’s no “subscribe” or “pay” button.

  • I think there are two main reasons Apple has rules against linking out from an app, to payment outside the IAP system: 1) Safety, security and transparency for the iOS user—Apple’s customer. And 2) making sure the App Store can be run in an economically viable way.

  • We can argue all we want if it is reasonable for Apple to take a 30% cut in the App Store. Should it be 1%, 5% or 15%? Of course I, as an iOS developer, would like to see a lower cost, but in the end, it’s Apple’s infrastructure and they can charge what they want.

  • Is Apple using the App Store to single out competitors and used their advantage against them? No. The rules are applied to everyone. If anything, it seems to me Apple is way more lenient to larger companies, services and applications, like Spotify and Facebook.

  • Apple does not have a monopoly of the computing device market. Not even the mobile computing device market. Not even close. Spotify does not have to have an iOS client for their service.

  • Microsoft was on a quest to “take away their [Netscape] oxygen supply”, “crush them” and “knife the baby” (actual internal MSFT quotes). To me, this is pretty much the essence of how Microsoft acted in the 80’s and throughout the 90’s and why the US government had to step in.

  • Microsoft forced Apple to use Internet Explorer as the browser on the Mac. Apple was almost out of money and was in no position to argue; Internet Explorer became the default browser on the Mac.

  • Microsoft forced Intel to not work with Sun, due to the inherent implications of Java. Java was seen as a way to commoditize the underlying operating system. Making the Netscape browser window the container for running interactive apps, was not good for MSFT.

  • When billg finally realized maybe selling Encarta on CD-ROM wasn’t as powerful as this Internet thing (May 1995), they used their monopoly. First, they made sure the Internet Explorer code was all over the Windows codebase, making it practically impossible to remove from the OS.

  • At the end of the last millenium, Microsoft had something like a 97% market share of all computing devices. There was no other choice. Even if you wanted to, it was impossible (due to the deals between Intel and Microsoft), to buy a x86 computer without giving MSFT lots of money.

  • Microsoft in the 80’s and early 90’s, were always on some quest to kill the competitor. The leadership talked about it using words as “kill”, “destroy”, “extinguish”. (I know this personally because close members of my family worked for MSFT in Redmond at this time.)

  • Bill Gates was brought up in a rich family where competing for everything was the norm. Winning gave you a reward, losing got you a penalty. This behavior of winning at any cost, is the same that got MSFT in trouble.

  • In the 90s, Microsoft had a monopoly. It was impossible to sell a x86 computer without, first MS-DOS and later, Windows. They used their monopoly to “extinguish” (in the words of a senior MSFT VP) competitors like WordPerfect, Netscape, Borland, Lotus, Sun/Java, RealNetworks etc.

  • Comparing the App Store vs Spotify situation with Microsoft in the 90’s, is ridiculous. First of all, it’s not illegal to have a monopoly. That’s not why the US government sued MSFT. What’s illegal is using a monopoly to destroy competitors.

  • I wonder if all these people arguing that the Apple iOS App Store and the iOS platform is more or less a public service, if they would be angrier or less angry, if we had gone the Steve route and there was no App Store and no third party iOS software?

  • I know Spotify don’t feel ashamed, but as an iOS developer from Stockholm, I feel ashamed on their behalf.

    Maybe that’s what I should reply to the internal Spotify recruiters that email me every week.

  • Tim said it best: “… an obligation to respond when Spotify wraps its financial motivations in misleading rhetoric.”

    www.apple.com/newsroom/…

  • Straw man me all you want. Writing a public letter about “fairness”, you’re asking for it. Shame.

  • It takes either giant balls or being very drunk on your own Kool-Aid, to argue for fairness by literally using the argument that it isn’t fair you can’t get the users private information to sell to the tracking industry.

    Golf clap.

  • I look forward to the Daniel Ek letter about fairness regarding forcing the users to log in with their Facebook credentials and getting them to upload their contact lists. Also, the letter about fairness of their macOS client using all my computer resources.

  • The Apple iOS App Store != a natural resource. Put on your big boy pants, wipe your tears and stop whining.

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