Another issue that was mentioned in last night’s class was the appification of internet devices. The internet relies on devices to get the information out. There has been a large push by Apple to try to streamline the internet into “apps” which help people wade through the information in a way that is easy to read on a small screen. But the issue is that all of those apps have to be approved by Apple.
There have been many stories of apps being approved or unapproved with little to no reason. The apps that are rejected just don’t fit into the corporate profile that Steve Jobs is trying to lay out. Steve tries to take the moral high ground on these issues by saying they don’t want certain things on their phones and was quoted as saying:
” (W)e do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone…You know, there’s a porn store for Android….You can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. That’s a place we don’t want to go – so we’re not going to go there”. (Steve Jobs)
This seems like a harmless enough comment but when you look at it there have been apps approved for Playboy and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. When other people from smaller companies try to put forward similar apps they are rejected and have to resubmit. This is a big deal to them as that was going to be their revenue stream that is shut down because another company did not think it was worthy.
Another example was Google submitting their Google Voice app to work on the iPhone. Apple immediately rejected that app with only vague reason. The problem when you have a closed market like this is that anyone could be rejected and only those who are in charge get to say what is worthy to be in our classrooms and our homes. The same thing could start happening with the internet in general if people get too used to this and allow the corporations to dictate the content like Apple does.