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J said in April 14th, 2010 at 2:23 pm    

A basic “tenement” of business? I didn’t know you were a humorist.

A Pedant said in April 14th, 2010 at 4:47 pm    

Technically, you *do* need to use Apples tools to create applications, and they don’t make XCode available on Windows so you must use MacOSX.

Yes, the jailbreakers will tell you that they have the developer toolchain available on other platforms, but it would be a very interesting legal argument from Apple that says “you can jailbreak and therefore we don’t have a monopoly”.

That said, I don’t think there are laws that say its illegal to dictate that “you must use device X to work on device Y” – otherwise most of the automotive industry would under siege.

Where Adobe’s case falls down is that Joe Consumer *can* develop his own programs and install them on his own machine with whatever tools he can make work, CS5 included. He just can’t *sell* them through the App Store.

Thus, no lockout that affects the consumer (whom the law is intended to protect), just a vendor (Adobe) who has made promises that he could not guarantee to keep.

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