Poopstick wrote:I hope it will never happen. Apple's stalinian policy is the complete opposite of the waze project. Android users would be screwed, and they are more than 50pc of the community.
The Apple ][ personal computer was a completely open architecture, as (the "other" Steve) Wozniak dreamed. Along with a User's Manual, it came with a Programmer's Manual and even a book of schematics! Its success eventually funded Steve Jobs' black-box Macintosh, and Apple has assumed a "you don't need to know that" mentality about its products ever since. That's where they lost me.
If Apple were to acquire Waze, I predict:
- Map editing (along with most other participation by the general public) would become a thing of the past;
- The quality of the routing and the client code would improve;
- Responsiveness to the user community would suffer;
- Additional platforms would be supported;
- Android would not be abandoned, but might lag in development--and might no longer be free;
On the other hand, it's true that this rumor has circulated before, so I'd take the whole thing with a grain of salt.