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US trade cops agree to investigate Apple's 'embrace and extend'

Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

They already lost me

I waited years to Apple see if Apple would reverse their trend towards a walled garden. They didn't so I've moved on.

Apple's embrace of open standards started in the late 1990s after losing the critical mass to exist as a closed environment. I was a Mac developer at the time and everyone was quietly killing all Mac development. MacOS 7 was archaic, MacOS 8 was too buggy, and market share was down to 3%. Open standards got them back into homes, schools, workplaces, and produced a badly needed surge of new software. Unfortunately, Apple now has enough cash that they can stubbornly support poor products for at least a decade.

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