For those of you who haven’t had a chance to follow up on the recent headlines, Apple has been catching them left and right lately. There’s a wide variety of reasons for this and the most popular has to be banning any programs in its Apps store that was written in Flash.
Should it even matter what Apple supports or allows?
You would think that since they are their own company, the don’t have to support certain pieces of programming, but when you go banning Flash or something similar from your products, well you have another one coming.
Apple has attempted to force app developers to go to Apple’s very own advertising platform, instead of using alternative options. This has raised a lot of eye brows, and leading publication sources reveal that the Federal government is interested in doing a formal investigation on the recent practices of Apple.
Are you sure Apple doesn’t offer alternatives?
Well, this is definitely not another Microsoft-like attempt (the one I posted about earlier in which the European government shot down), simply because Apple doesn’t force their products on consumers like MS has done in the past.
In fact, if you go to their Apps Store, you will see that there are plenty of Non-Apple alternatives made readily available. Sure, Apple seems to be trying to push out competition recently, but they haven’t done it completely.
In my opinion, this isn’t going to give the government enough grounds to find Apple liable for adapting policies which are clearly anti-competitive. However, in this day and age we can’t really doubt just what the U.S. government will do when it comes to technology.
This is something that we’re just going to have to sit back and watch in order to see the accurate portrait of this developing IT story.