In a recent article, he paints clearly how the tightly controlled model of iOS is hindering innovation in the mobile app development space. Like me, he does not deny the beautiful work that Apple has done, yet he is able to point out serious issues at the same time.
A quote from him:
Let’s be clear: Apple’s done a brilliant job. This is undeniable. My issue is that much of the planet’s mobile mindshare is wedded to the single-app ecosystem.
There’s *so much* you can do with your iPhone. My frustration is that you have to do it sequentially. You can’t touch anything or change anything about the device experience. This ensures a familiar user experience for everyone. It also means nothing changes unless Apple says so.
He presents clear examples of how the alternate model as seen on Symbian/Belle/Android/BlackBerry OSes make for better innovation.
I also find it interesting that he is able to sift between the wheat and the chaff with regards the strengths and weaknesses of different mobile platforms. For example, he states:
Even today the messaging capabilities of a BlackBerry (SMS, email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, GoogleTalk and of course BBM) are second to none. If you haven’t seen a proper BlackBerry running messaging in anger, I strongly, strongly recommend you experience it — even the cheapest £100 Curve 8520 will do. When I’m having a busy day with a LOT going on, the BlackBerry’s messaging services make my iPhone feel last century.
That is so on point.
Be sure to read Ewan’s article, Has Apple Put Back Mobile Innovation By At Least 10 Years?, and return here to discuss if you please.