Jan 10, 2007


As we all know the iPhone was announced recently. Excited that Job's said it had OSX running on it and with that, I had hopes of running OSX Software on a Phone which basically took on the ultra mini PC's, Phones, PDA's and handheld gaming all in one device. But my hopes were struck down when I heard that the iPhone would not run 3rd party software, meaning only apple apps and whatever they release to the public. I now see the iPhone as a overpriced phone because Apple won't let the general public develop for this device without apples approval. Nice idea, but one simple little idea will kill it ultimately IMO.

As for the AppleTV, same problem in a sense. When I first heard about it, I was thinking "Alright! Something to replace the XBox" Because I use the xbox as a media center for the living room. Connected from the xbox is a 1TB raid 5 system filled with movies, tv shows, music, a few games, emulated games for multiple system. So, ok, it'll replace the XBox awesome..wait.. does it play Xvid or Divx? NOPE!! After some people asked Apple, Apple said it'll play what the iPod will play and that is all.. Meaning no xvid or divx support.... bummer... I could just easily go to my favorite bit torrent website and download many movies and shows for the ipod that other people compiled... but I have over 500gbs of tv shows and movies and i DON'T plan to recompile it to mp4... Over hyped items? Maybe, but apple is missing the point, the idea. Maybe they don't want to pay the company divx for licensing maybe.. Even then, open up the device for development to the general public so we can at least do it our self. MS isn't getting sued because of hackers hacking the xbox and making a media center out of it and playing DVD's, DIVX, etc. etc. etc. Why not do the same thing apple? Open Source, Open development to anyone so we can better the device and show you what we want. Last I remember apple was getting the money for the hardware, not the software.... Let the public deal with the software for these devices, just provide the hardware, we'll take care of the rest.

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