History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. Karl Marx.
.. Sure we're cool, **********. We're cool as a piece of key lime pie. You just keep telling yourself that, and you won't even feel it when the bullet hits the back of your ugly ********** head…
The first skirmish was the battle of Latitude. Apple rejected Google’s long awaited iPhone location app.
That’s about when we noticed that the long promised Google Voice app was showing up everywhere … except the iPhone.
… Richard Chipman from Apple just called - he told me they’re removing GV Mobile from the App Store due to it duplicating features that the iPhone comes with (Dialer, SMS, etc). He didn’t actually specify which features, although I assume the whole app in general. He wouldn’t send a confirmation email either - too scared I would post it…
Yeah, there are grounds for War.
That didn’t end well. Java died on the desktop, Netscape died everywhere, and Microsoft’s evil laughter shook hte heavens.
So we’re there again, with Apple playing the role of Sun, Google playing Netscape, and Microsoft …
I’ve got a foot in each camp; for me this Tech War is Civil. My iPhone is my auxiliary brain – if it had a keyboard add-on it would be 8/10 perfect. On the other foot, Google is my daily bread – from Google Apps to Blogger to Search to Calendar to Email to … Basically, I use most of what they provide.
Maybe I should just give up and wait for Windows 7.
In the meantime, our October iPhone 3GS purchase is on hold. I really need to see what Apple does now; cutting off Google Voice is a bridge too far. If Apple doesn’t back down soon, we’re going to have to back out of our iPhone commitment.
Update: Voice Central was also pulled.
Update 7/28/09: I wonder if Google will be able to use this Apple/AT&T action as a defense against antitrust litigation if, say, they buy Sprint. Conversely, I wonder if the EU will use it as evidence in their antitrust litigation against Apple. Lastly, as well as reevaluating purchase of our 2nd iPhone, I'm now more likely to but a Windows 7 netbook (of course eventually this will be a Chrome netbook) rather than another MacBook.
Blog reports also claim that Apple's VP of marketing, Phil Schiller, had personally intervened to approve GV Mobile for the App Store -- pointing towards AT&T as the villain. Perhaps, but that was before the launch of Chrome OS and before Apple denied the Latitude app. I suspect Apple and AT&T are aligned on this one.
Update 7/28/09: Related articles ...
The Guardian's article has an excellent summary ...
Some further thoughts of mine ...
- I agree with those who feel this was a Steve Jobs move.
- The iPhone is now ready for the Chinese marketplace, and Apple has become Singapore.
- I'm pretty confident I'll be buying a Windows 7 netbook in the fall.
- I definitely won't be buying an Apple tablet if, as expected, it's a bigger iTouch.
- I need to start following the gPhone
- In this Civil War, I side with Google.
Update 7/29/09: Tech Chrunch - AT&T can't handle the iPhone. There's a plaintive note that AT&T might allow Google Voice if they lost iPhone exclusivity. That was sweet.
Update 7/30/09: Excellent Lifehacker rant.
- Michael Arrington quites the iPhone and pays his AT&T termination fee. He's going to and Android phone enroute to the Pre (but if the Pre has a closed App Store, won't Sprint block Google Voice?).
- Dan Moren of MacWorld writes a cogent response. Apple may end up with the world's greatest collection of fart apps. The story isn't dying and may yet break mainstream. Pogue has been curiously silent however.
- Stephen Frank (co-founder, Panic) quits the iPhone. He's (emphases mine) ...
1) Converting my iPhone SIM into a DataConnect SIM for use with a laptop...
2) Switching to a Palm Pre for voice and light data usage. I looked at the Pre and the G1. The Pre is (very) slightly better at what I need. They are both lousy in comparison to the iPhone.... (Palm’s app store is still in a beta lock-down — they haven’t had a chance to screw it up yet. If they do, it’ll be time for Plan C.)
3) Not buying any future iPhone OS based devices, including the “tablet”, should it ever surface, until the issues with app store policy are demonstrably improved.
- Latitude and Voice: The impeccable logic of AT&T/Apple’s App Store rejections
- Apple's appalling treatment of independent Google Voice app developers
- Lessons from Apple's Voice and Latitude rejections (App Store control is the worm)
- Using iPhone feedback form to complain to Apple
- iPhone, can we still be friends?
- Buying my Chrome OS (XP) Netbook