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    Finally a company that takes a stand on iOS. So many things that as a developer don’t make sense but are a relic of a different era.

    For example, I really don’t understand how Apple still manages to force people to use their own computer just to develop an app. One cannot even legally install their OS on a non-macbook. The stupid pricing for app developers. And how it’s ridiculously annoying to test something on a physical device.

    I believe there are a set of standards that Apple is able to get around just because of them being them and I think that needs to stop. Even Microsoft got around it somehow, why not Apple?

    Kind of a rant but I’m happy to see someone saying “we had enough, no more iOS”. I’d love to see more news like that, so that the users start making different choices.

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      For example, I really don’t understand how Apple still manages to force people to use their own computer just to develop an app. One cannot even legally install their OS on a non-macbook. The stupid pricing for app developers. And how it’s ridiculously annoying to test something on a physical device.

      I think the only reasons they manage are:

      1. They don’t enforce the installation restriction against people who are not reselling the OS. If you want to install their OS on non-apple hardware and you can make it work, they don’t bother you. It’s 100% uncontroversial to go after people who resell a copyrighted work in contravention of its license terms. Thanks, Disney. Thanks, Sony.

      2. No one has bothered to build out the app signing tools and installation tools on other platforms. Even though they could. (IIRC, Apple even publishes the source code to the tools Xcode uses for signing apps). If someone reverse engineered the enrollment process, ported the tool, and made an open toolchain on another platform and Apple went after them, it’s easier to imagine an intervention.

      You’d probably need at least one if not both of these to flip for there to be enough actual harm that someone could go after them with a reasonable expectation of winning.