When an eagle descends, only the prairie dog it targets runs away. Everyone else sits up and looks at the show. “Will Jack get eaten this time?”
WWDC is exciting for end users. It’s even more so for developers! Of course we all are excited to learn about the latest and greatest, and love unexpected surprises such as DTrace support. However there’s a bad side. Will Apple Steam roll my product?
This WWDC has been particularly ruthless:
- Quicksilver and Launchbar because spotlight will take over their most useful feature: launching applications quickly.
- Virtual Desktop, Virtue and Desktop manager will see their markets replaced by Spaces.
- SuperDuper! and other backup providers see themselves made into niche players by Time Machine
It’s hard to argue that Apple should not improve its operating system, bringing the benefits provided by these tools to the masses. It’s even harder to argue that when its competitor Microsoft does the same thing. As did Google, with its free offering of Google Earth. However it’s also really hard for the developers to compete with “Free!”. And these features are free, because they come free with new computers, or with OS upgrades required to run some other application.