The Shipley iPad Tweets

Wil Shipley is a very outspoken, and very talented mind, in the Macintosh community. He's the founder of Delicious Monster, creator of Delicious Library for the Mac, and for a very short period of time Delicious Library for iPhone until Amazon's API license killed that off.

Here's a recent set of tweets from Wil about the new iPad, and his concerns about the platform. I'd like to see him write about this on his weblog. You need to start at the bottom and read up.

I'm sure there are a lot of Mac developers worried about this, and other things. Some of us are just trying to write apps.

wilshipley
On first run, they should say, "This is UNSIGNED and could be dangerous. Do you know/trust this vendor?" This is already in Mac OS X.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
Apple shouldn't distribute unsigned apps. They should just allow the device to run them if you download them from a vendor directly.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
All the reasons given why iPhone was closed off aren't valid on iPad: You don't need to call 911. You don't have a voice line to burn.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
We don't need to boycott the iPad. I think it's a great device. All we need to do is get Apple to ALLOW UNSIGNED APPS.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

ccgus
@wilshipley You're not alone in feeling this.
about 8 hours ago from Tweetie

wilshipley
DOES THAT NOT WORRY ANYONE BUT ME?
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
Developers now don't only have to compete with Apple in the consumer software space, Apple ALSO gets to approve or deny our competition.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
Consider: Every single iPhone app from Apple uses undocumented APIs, but if developers use them, their apps are (were) banned.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
Is this REALLY want we want to win? Apple making the choices for us? They are choosing in THEIR interest, not ours.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
For instance, I'd like to use Google Voice. Oops, Apple think it sort of competes or something, so I can't. Too bad.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
How long did we put up with Windows' near-hegemony? Is that what we want from Apple, now? "Go elsewhere if you don't like our monopoly?"
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
Don't give me this: "If the market doesn't like it, they'll go elsewhere," argument. We use Macs. We know the market can choose poorly.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
What we're going to end up with is what we have for the iPhone: a million apps, 99,999,900 of them crapware.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
Who is going to spend years writing an app for a device where Apple can (and does) reject apps with constantly-changing criteria?
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
How are we going to innovate if we can't compete with Apple's Mail or Browser or Address Book or Calendar?
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
What happens when a small developer pisses off Apple? Will our apps still get approved? Note that Steve banned a book from Apple Store.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
The danger of a closed system with a single chokepoint is the next generation of apps that just don't happen. We'll never know.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
Pages. Numbers. Keynote. iTunes. All these started out as products at tiny companies, not Apple. Innovation comes from them.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
For instance, Nintendo interfered with Castle Woflenstein so much Carmack vowed never to work with them again.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

wilshipley
I don't like the "Video game systems already are closed systems" analogy because I don't program for video game systems for good reason.
about 8 hours ago from Twitterrific

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