Originally Posted by khalleron
I disagree strongly - what if Microsoft started charging 30% for everything bought through a PC? *Everyone* would be screaming bloody murder.
Why is the iPad different? It's just a flat computer. Just because a company makes a device doesn't mean it gets to control what I can do with it.
Why does Apple always get excuses made for it?
Different platform, different type of computing devices. We have gone past the point of saying that all these devices are computers, and pretending that PCs, game consoles, smart phones, ereaders, and tablets are all the same thing. They aren't.
The iPad, like smartphones, are really closer to game consoles than to PCs. Game consoles are closed platforms that typically run no third party apps. Until Apple opened up the IPhone, no smartphone platform ran third party apps. Ereaders rarely run third party apps.
The iOS platform is different from the windows platform and it doesn't make sense to compare the two. It's not a matter of making excuses: it's a matter of facing reality.