re: Apple's Walled Garden: Sledgehammer Needed
There are some fundamental flaws and omissions within the comments on both sides, understanding first that the author is an Apple user.
First, what most people miss is the Android platform apps through most cellular service providers are vetted, and available for integration with the obligatory warnings about what each app accesses or disseminates in the way of resources and information. There's even a warning on most phones about utilizing third party apps outside of the "safe" resources.
Apple has tried to dominate all aspects of their devices for years, well before the Apple "Lisa" debacle, and their planned obsolescence of devices, OS and apps -- much to the chagrin and dismay of many a business owner. Imagine investing many thousands of dollars in a supposedly new and stable Apple computer integration, only to find the new hardware and OS are no longer supported, and even though you're still making payments on those Apple systems you need to throw them out and buy all new Apple systems, OS, apps, etc.
Not very good ROI for a business, especially when Apple decided around 1990 to undercut the K-12 market re-sellers their success was built upon -- offering Apple systems cheaper to end customers than the dedicated Apple re-sellers could buy them for. This effectively killed Apple's bought and paid for dominance in the K-12 market. But I digress.
Security on any platform or OS is simply an illusion, even with Apple. Why no more DVDs in iPads? Apple wants every consumer to buy all of their movies from Apple. After all, Apple even decided to dump their support for the company that pretty much made Apple an acceptable product, Adobe -- specifically their Flash product. You see, Adobe put its "eggs" into the Apple basket decades ago with its proprietary Spirascan algorithm, which made text characters appear with smoother edges, instead of the jagged edges common beforehand. This made Apple appear clearer and easier to read, albeit not possible without Adobe's support of Apple. Kind of interesting that without Adobe doing this, Apple might never have taken off, using only the GUI developed by Xerox's Palo Alto Research facility. Apple didn't develop that.
Has exclusive control over certain hardware or software been successful in the past by companies? Not really. Sony's marketing and licensing blunder with Beta, and selling to JVC the VHS format it also developed is one example. If nothing else, we have learned the pitfalls of monopolies, in too many instances to name.
Open architecture is what's worked best and has proven to be the way of the future, allowing many to "police" what's going on and offer improvements, because no manufacturer can ever plan on their hardware/software being used for purposes they themselves designate. That's exactly why hackers and sometimes innocent users can breakdown even the best firewalls and protections. We cannot plan for everything, and sometimes even the simplest instances create problems. Apple users still can be attacked with virus and malware content. I know. I've seen it, and been working on Apple systems since 1978.
I've consulted with schools and corporations who feel they have the best systems in place to stop unwanted intrusion, and every one of them can and will fail at some point. It's inevitable. No company can anticipate everything every person in the world might think up, in the way of unanticipated uses or intrusions. I've also seen every one of them fail, at some point. Even the websites for the CIA and FBI have been hacked, multiple times over the years, as have what are supposed to be the most secure systems in the world.
Apple has its problems, and there are really no functional features and benefits that can't be broken easily. Android has its problems, too, but is soundly beating Apple in market saturation. The new Samsung Galaxy is one product that beats Apple products, hands down, and there's nothing Apple has slated that even comes close (which is why they're trying to stop Samsung through court wranglings worldwide).
The issue is really very simple. Choose a smartphone platform that offers the features you prefer, with access to the apps you use, and understand that NO PLATFORM is completely safe... especially Apple. For every way they say they can protect users, there'll be 1,000 or more hackers that can and will prove them wrong at some point along the path.
For me, if I purchase something, I expect to be able to use it in the manner I choose, not how some manufacturer tells me -- with its limitations. I guess that's why I own an Android phone, and shall never own an iPhone product. I prefer to have something with more capabilities, greater range of adaptability, for a much lesser price, without the built-in obsolescence and limitations.