Things I can't do with an iPhone/iPad
- have a VoIP call going on when a mobile call/SMS arrives
- read Kindle ebooks (I can now, but knowing Apple's stance on "competing functionality", with the advent of iBook, how long do you think this will last?)
- give it to our customers as another device to use with PopScan (It's not down-lockable and there's no way for centralized app deployment that doesn't go over apple)
- plug any peripheral that isn't apple sanctioned
- plug a peripheral and use it system-wide
- play a SNES ROM (or any other console rom)
- install Adblock (which especially hurts on the iPad)
- consistenly use IM (background notifications don't work consistently)
The iPhone provides me with many advantages and thus I can live with its inherent restrictions (which are completely arbitrary - there’s no technical reason for them), but I see no point to buy yet another locked-down device that does half of the stuff I’d want it to do and does it half-assed at that.
Also it’s a shame that Apple obviously doesn’t need any corporate customers (at least for a small company, I see no possibility).
I just hope, the open and usable Mac computer remains. I would not know what to go back to? Windows? Never. Linux? Sure. But on what hardware?
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