“Serving at the pleasure of the King” by Jeff Attwood

Attwood writes about how Apple puts its third-party developers at risk by incorporating their features into its products.1 Attwood cites Instapaper and Safari’s Reader as an example of how Apple rips off indie devs.

Attwood argues that Apple gets a free pass because many who develop Mac and iOS apps think, “hey, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” I think of that whenever a Windows user talks about how much of a pain Norton products are. Had Microsoft integrated malware protection at an OS level then maybe I wouldn’t recommend Macs as much.

I haven’t tried Reader sync yet, but I continue to use Instapaper because it sends to my Kindle.


  1. AKA – getting Sherlocked