Re: Circle Wagons
That "closed garden" (proprietary) approach does not stifle competition. Rather, it shifts competition to different arenas. Everyone is free to produce better products. If you are an Apple competitor and believe their software development infrastructure is bad, then you should be cheering that they are shooting themselves in the foot. If you think their approach is superior, then you should be looking at ways to innovate in that space for your own benefit.
I, for one, welcome Apple and a few others having the guts to invest and innovate on "software development infrastructure", instead of following the "pussy capitalism" approach that Google, for instance, used when stealing Java for Android.
Good software development infrastructure is not "free" and should not be free. There is a lot of value added in the labor that goes into designing and implementing software developpment infrastructure, e.g.: compilers, interpreters, debuggers, IDEs, etc. Lack of competition in the software development tools arena, partially fostered by a lazy, and "risk-averse" approach of many high-tech corporations, has also had adverse effects on consumers, just not immediately obvious.