When the guy who made “TwitterDeck” basically had to call him out on it, that should have shut down the whole stupid discussion.
But goodness knows there are enough iNutters out there that they will swallow anything that he says.
Now stand by for the usual “but, but Apple made “X” dollars in the last quarter” responses.
I laugh when people idolize him. Jobs is obviously a brilliant marketer, but that's it. Normally, that would be enough, but not for him. He's morphed himself into every possible reflection of whatever people want to think best of personal computers and Apple.
But it's all marketing - that's what he does.
That, and cut deals for himself, provide personal surveillance platforms by the millions, and stomp others in the name of peace. Oh, and lead the charge in getting rid of keyboards as a fundamental concept. He's not a nice guy, and he's not as subtle as he thinks he is. But he's great at marketing himself as a genius, and he makes a lot of money doing it. And in most people's minds, that forgives everything.
So as long as there's no higher law, he's free and clear.
I love the whole “fragmentation!” FUD thrown about. It’s no worse than developing for Windows or OSX - you have different OS versions, with different hardware. It’s easy to do, as long as you properly virtualize your hardware-dependent data and calls.
Developers have dealt with “fragmentation” for decades, and to say they cannot do so now is a slam by Steve. I guess those “apps” (can’t we just call them what they are - programs?) he touts were written by slack-jawed mouth-breathers who can’t do anything other than push a few buttons!
There is NO problem with “fragmentation” other than it gives consumers choice, and that’s something that Apple simply does not provide.