I would like Apple hardware, running Microsoft software, using Google services. How cool would that be?
Wow! Huge bombshell! When I first heard that a security researcher revealed that all iOS devices had secret services which served as a backdoor to YOUR data running; I took it with a grain of salt. The security researcher made bold claims that Apple had secret back doors that allowed the bypass of encryption and made your data available to anyone (the NSA?) with access to it. Sure, I thought, this simply can not be true.
Today, Apple confirmed it. Undocumented services that bypass security is BY DEFINITION a secret back door. After being outed, Apple has decided to document the services thus taking them from the realm of secret back doors to simply known back doors. Huge! Can’t wait to see how the Apple apologists spin this one.
The security researcher responds to Apple’s spin:
I don’t buy for a minute that these services are intended solely for diagnostics. The data they leak is of an extreme personal nature. There is no notification to the user. A real diagnostic tool would have been engineered to respect the user, prompt them like applications do for access to data, and respect backup encryption. Tell me, what is the point in promising the user encryption if there is a back door to bypass it?
Today Apple is playing the same role with WebGL that their mentor and role model Microsoft played with SVG, XML, XSLT, HTML, and virtually every other standard back in their heyday: just as Microsoft refused to support SVG for 10 years until they were forced to by market forces, Apple refuses to turn on the WebGL functionality of mobile Safari for anything but iAds.
If Apple doesn’t want to lead, they should get the hell out of the way!
If you read only one piece of coverage concerning tech patents this week, this may be the most informative.
With this anti-trust ruling the transition is complete. Apple is now as bad as the Microsoft of the late 90s. All of the Apple zealots who would sneer at the mention of Microsoft as being a convicted anti-trust behemoth bent on controlling our digital lives must now sneer at the mention of Apple as being a convicted anti-trust behemoth bent on controlling our digital lives.
Back in that previous era I had to forebear all of the accusations of being a MS apologist, or all of the allusions to M$, Microshaft, Microsucks, etc…ad nauseum.
Now that Apple has reached the point that they are unarguably at least as bad as Microsoft of that era I expect to see a mass migration of these morally superior people away from Apple products.