Apple's Steve Jobs Defends iPad, App Store
Apple's Steve Jobs allegedly defended his company's practices with regard to the iPad and its third-party developer policies, in a series of e-mails sent to Valleywag editor Ryan Tate. The e-mails, very likely sent by Jobs himself, suggest that Apple's policies protect users from programs that steal private data and unnecessarily drain power. In addition, Jobs supposedly suggested that third-party developers and publishers who disagree with Apple's policies are more than welcome to not develop on the iPad.Apple CEO Steve Jobs saw fit over the weekend to drill down into his company's philosophy behind the iPad and the App Store-although the venue for the discussion couldn't have been further from the carefully stage-managed events at which he usually appears. Ryan Tate, editor of the tech-gossip blog Valleywag, found himself driven into a rage by an iPad advertisement, and e-mailed Jobs in the early hours of May 15; Jobs apparently responded within hours, touching off a wide-ranging e-discussion. The iPad ad spot praises the tablet PC as "revolutionary," while many sets of hands demonstrate its touch-screen capabilities for Web surfing and media viewing.
As posted on Valleywag, Tate e-mailed Jobs: "If Dylan was 20 today, how would he feel about your company? Would he think the iPad had the faintest thing to do with -revolution'? Revolutions are about freedom."