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iPhone Store Not Completely Open

Apple has one of the best reputations in American business today. Its products are revered, its CEO is idolized and its stock has been put on a high-priced pedestal.

All this obscures some rather troubling facts: Its computers are overpriced and because they're from a single source, many enterprises are forced to steer clear. And as the king of the Mac, iPod and iPhone platforms, Apple rules with an iron fist.

The latest downer is how Apple is treating iPhone developers. You'd think Apple would want as many iPhone apps as possible, what with Google set to enter the market and Microsoft already a longtime player. As John Belushi might have said, "But noooooo!" If your app competes with Apple's own software, there's no place for you in the iPhone store.

Ever wonder how cool things would be if Steve Jobs and Bill Gates traded places? How would Apple and Microsoft be different with this kind of switch? Random conjecture welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/29/2008 at 1:16 PM


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