Steve Jobs: intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps
Tao Effect has an interesting blog post up about an email conversation they had with Steve Jobs.
Right… They actually managed to have something like an email conversation with Jobs!
The whole thing is related to Apple’s ‘ban’ on third party development tools for their Apple App Store.
With iPhone OS 4, Apple is pretty much banning the use of third party developers tool which produces applications compatible with the iPhone platform.
Adobe is one company that is majorly affected by this movie. Adobe Creative Suite 5 that was launched yesterday comes with support for exporting iPhone apps.
Steve Jobs had this to say on blocking third party development tools:
We’ve been there before, and intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform.
It is a pretty clear response to the whole situation. Apple wants to have a uniform experience on the iPhone (and iPad).
Here is a good point of view from someone on Twitter…
Steve Jobs’ argument about platforms leads to inescapable conclusion: iTunes on Windows is a substandard app.