I’ve said a number of different times on this blog that Apple’s restrictive nature and arrogant attitude with regard to their mobile devices would be something that would ruin them if they weren’t careful. It seems that enough people who make the right amount of money to get Apple’s ear finally made enough noise to get Apple to back down.
All I have to say is, “Good move, Steve.”
I have, and will remain, a supporter of open platforms. I don’t think they’re appropriate for every situation (as some might) and even use an Apple laptop as my primary computer (which is a hybrid between open and proprietary), but I do believe that the more open a particular platform is — the more likely it will be the launching pad for innovation. My one big knock about developing for the iPhone has always been the myriad of mystical reasons that the App Store could reject your App, and it seems that Apple is moving away from that practice a little bit at the time.
So: Good move, Apple. You may make an iPhone developer out of me yet.