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While iOS started as a very walled garden in 2007 it’s clear to me after hearing Apple executives earlier today the company is happy to advance its software and provide users more controls so long as Apple still has controls around the approach. I don’t think Apple will ever embrace the openness provided by Google Android, but this may be the next best thing. Why? Users win with more control over their mobile experience; developers are supporting a platform that will surely continue to grow because of it and Apple still maintains some of its walls without appearing to be completely closed relative to the competition.

Kevin C. Tofel

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In just under 12 days, Apple is going to introduce a new look and feel for Mac OS X. This is going to be much more disruptive than it was for iOS 7.

On iOS, an app takes up the entire screen and becomes an extension of the device. It’s also something you’re “in and out” of on a regular basis. It’s not the end of the world if one or more of your apps still looks like iOS 6 because it’s not competing with anything else and the pain is short-lived. Bank of America’s app is still on iOS 6, but I use it infrequently and usually just to deposit checks.

But on the Mac, an app usually shares the display with other apps. And they’re something that you use continuously. If a customer’s Email, Web, Calendar, Contacts and other built-in apps are using a fresh, new look, they’re going to feel put out when they switch to your app and get a legacy appearance.

Craig Hockenberry

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