The Revolution Will Not Duplicate Core Functionality

Reflected Sky

Just getting back into it after my pensive little layoff; forgive me if I’m a little rusty.

Exhibit A: From Apple’s recent response to some questions the FCC had about the App Store:

Contrary to published reports, Apple has not rejected the Google Voice application, and continues to study it. The application has not been approved because, as submitted for review, it appears to alter the iPhone’s distinctive user experience by replacing the iPhone’s core mobile telephone functionality and Apple user interface with its own user interface for telephone calls, text messaging and voicemail. Apple spent a lot of time and effort developing this distinct and innovative way to seamlessly deliver core functionality of the iPhone. For example, on an iPhone, the “Phone” icon that is always shown at the bottom of the Home Screen launches Apple’s mobile telephone application, providing access to Favorites, Recents, Contacts, a Keypad, and Visual Voicemail. The Google Voice application replaces Apple’s Visual Voicemail by routing calls through a separate Google Voice telephone number that stores any voicemail, preventing voicemail from being stored on the iPhone, i.e., disabling Apple’s Visual Voicemail. Similarly, SMS text messages are managed through the Google hub—replacing the iPhone’s text messaging feature. In addition, the iPhone user’s entire Contacts database is transferred to Google’s servers, and we have yet to obtain any assurances from Google that this data will only be used in appropriate ways. These factors present several new issues and questions to us that we are still pondering at this time.

Exhibit B:

My friends, each of you is a single cell in the great body of the State. And today that great body has purged itself of parasites. We have triumphed over the unprincipled dissemination of facts. The thugs and wreckers have been cast out, and the poisonous weeds of disinformation have been consigned to the dustbin of history. Let each and every cell rejoice! For today we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directive! We have created for the first time in all history a garden of pure ideology, where each worker may bloom secure from the pests of contradictory and confusing truths. Our Unification of Thought is a more powerful weapon than any fleet or army on Earth. We are one people. With one will. One resolve. One cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death. And we will bury them with their own confusion.

Which was, of course, the speech from the emaciated, bespectacled villain of the classic Apple 1984 ad, heralding the introduction of the original Macintosh. And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like “1984”.

[ Technology Crisis – A Bleak Future ]


  1. backspace
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Awesome juxtaposition.

  2. bruce jones
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Yea For Pre…