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If there?s one thing Apple?s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) makes clear, it?s that Apple loves the programmers who make software for iOS and OS X. Partly, the love is from Apple?s long-standing corporate culture: The term ?software evangelist? originated at Apple, and the company spent decades trying to lure (and keep) programmers back when the Mac was a footnote with marketshare in the single digits.

 

But at the same time, Apple isn?t above pulling the rug out from under its own developers. Overnight, a company or lone programmer can go from having a leading app with rave reviews and decent sales to competing directly with Apple?and that almost never goes well.
 
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In fact, it?s happened so often in Apple?s history that it even has a name: ?getting Sherlocked.?
 
So with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 just announced at WWDC and heaps of new features unveiled, who?s getting Sherlocked this time?
 
Who?s getting Sherlocked by Apple now?
 
Now that Apple has announced key new features in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, who?s getting Sherlocked this time around? The list is surprisingly long.
 

 

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Dropbox didn?t want to get purchased by Apple back then. I remember saying in 2009 that it was a bad call by Dropbox.

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Alfred is still way better than Spotlight, and I trust them to keep making it better.

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These companies began by offering something that Apple, and other didn't offer.  They took the risk where the big guys didn't.  It paid off, now the big guys are integrating things that people use.

It's not screwing over, it's providing more features.

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What a stupid, pointless article.

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So just because somebody comes up with some sort of idea, nobody can refine it and do something similar?  Yeah okay....

 

It's been pretty interesting to see all the petty complaining people do after these Apple presentations.  This article is one of the more pathetic ones.

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It's not screwing over, it's providing more features.

Agreed. But it is pretty obvious in some cases they are of right copying. Of course everyone does. Guess it's OK as long as they are not infringing on anything and they make it better or a little different

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Agreed. But it is pretty obvious in some cases they are of right copying. Of course everyone does. Guess it's OK as long as they are not infringing on anything and they make it better or a little different

 

That's just leading into the argument that software patents are dumb.  Cloud storage for example.  There aren't many ways to make it different to your competitor.  They are all the same thing, they take your data, and put it on a remote server.

 

In saying that.  It also leads me to question the EU.  MS is fined a lot of money for having a default browser, they need to provide Media playerless software etc.  But in the world of mobiles, the EU doesn't care.

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A lot of these things exist outside of the Apple ecosystem anyway, my Android phone has the same time-lapse feature which they claim Apple is copying from Whatsapp, my Windows PC has built in cloud-storage sync stuff, etc.

I think the worst has to be the bit about Apply copying Skitch by adding annotations to Mail. Preview has done that for absolutely years, it's not new nor is Apple copying it from somebody else.

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so apparently the entire world consists of Apple users. Somebody better tell all those services because they're about to lose all purpose!!

 

Also: Apple and MS are very cozy with each other.

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