I’ve always been a big fan of Apple’s. My first computer was an Apple IIe, and finding a copy of BASIC on there was what first got me into programming. A good percentage of the modern user interface concepts we take for granted today were invented by Apple back in the 1980s. (Yes, I know, they got the basic concepts from Xeroc PARC, but a lot of their work was their work, not Xerox’s.) They’ve always been one of the major drivers of innovation in the computer industry, and they’ve done a lot to hold the line against Microsoft’s campaign for complete domination of the computer industry. They’re one of a very few companies that have actually had any real success in that area, and we all owe them a debt of gratitude for that, if nothing else.
Apple released the latest iPhone development license yesterday, and I suddenly find myself a lot less grateful.