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This is my thoughts as a long time iPhone user and a gamer
While I do agree with Apple on its efforts to keep iOS platform to be as safe as possible to everyone, but I would like Apple to also consider to make the iOS platform to be a platform of open competition where everyone else can chip in and offer the best to the end users – while at the same time keeping the best of iOS: privacy, security, multi-year updates.
MacOS is a good example Apple has to follow
I think Apple has done a good job on MacOS platform, it has the Mac App Store, while still opening the window for everyone to get the software directly from the software publishers and from the internet. And all that, without compromising on users’ privacy and security.
There will be wave of people jumping platform
If Apple isn’t willing to change/adapt its App Store policy, while probably many will still reside on iOS platform (for its better privacy and security), but many will also either jump to another platform or have the second device: Android. And it’s just a matter of time for Android to beef up its privacy and security offerings – it may not be that simple for Google due to its (conflicting) business nature, but there are other companies who can do so and has done so on Android platform: Blackberry, Samsung and recently Microsoft (with its Surface Duo).
iOS is lacking on these 2
Compare to Android, today iOS lacks of these 2 important features: freedom to choose and cloud gaming.
Freedom to choose
While on recent iOS release (read: iOS 14), Apple has started to be much more flexible, such as ability to choose browser, but it’s still far away from flexibility that Android offers.
Console-less gaming a.k.a Cloud gaming
Then Cloud gaming. This is important for young audiences, especially those who call themselves as gamers and seeing the trend, I guess there’s no point of return now. The server-less computing has now stick to many corporations around the world (see AWS, Azure and Google Cloud as business, they are now thriving) and soon console-less gaming a.k.a cloud gaming will stick on many gamers’ head. And to consider, these young audiences are future platform defenders – if Apple lose them now, Apple may lose them forever.
Apple, do strike a good balance and don’t repeat other companies mistakes
So while today Apple is the most valuable company in the world – the first to reach 2 trillions in market cap, the tailwinds could soon change direction. That, unless Apple tries to strike a good balance over what is allowed and what is not on its iOS platform, otherwise soon over Apple may be the next Nokia or Blackberry – in which they were the market leaders and because of a few wrong decisions (a few only), they ended up like today: gone from leading position then selling their business to others while grasping to survive.
PS: Apart from being a long-time iPhone user, I’m also a long-time Android user. I always have this thing in mind: why should I choose one over another if I can have the best of both worlds!
Apple App Store alternative: AltStore
To those who are looking for Apple App Store alternative, the one which works without jailbreaking your iOS device is AltStore.
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