Apple's Blocks Popular Kickstarter Project [Updated]

from the unfortunate dept

Update: And... after a bunch of negative publicity, Apple has reversed course and lifted the ban. Original article below...

A bunch of folks have been submitting this story about Apple refusing to allow a company, Edison Junior, to offer its Lightning connector as part of its POP portable power station, which had run a very successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year.
Edison Junior is returning everyone's money -- even covering credit card fees and Kickstarter's fees (though it's asking Kickstarter to give that back as well), but is reasonably angry. According to VentureBeat:
“We are pissed,” Edison Junior CEO Jamie Siminoff told me on the phone today. “I think they are being a bunch of assholes, and I think they’re hurting their customers.”
Understandable. The company plans to still build versions of the device that focus on the Android market, and which might possibly work with Apple products if people use adapters, but it's certainly not ideal.

The whole thing, of course, is silly, but representative of the unfortunate world we live in today where companies lock up their products. In the past, building alternate versions or compatible accessories, and reverse engineering parts, was generally considered part of how an ecosystem was built up around your market. But Apple's infatuation with over-controlling its market only serves to piss off Apple customers who want a solution like this. Unfortunately, due to the nature of using security chips and claiming patents on everything, rather than just being a simple reverse engineering challenge, Apple is effectively able to use patent and copyright laws to block any such innovation.

Filed Under: charging, copyright, crowdfunding, licensing, lightening charger, patents, pop portable power station
Companies: apple, edison junior


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    Mesonoxian Eve (profile), 21 Dec 2012 @ 4:34pm

    Here we go again.

    I have to say something, because it's bugging me. While I can appreciate the new wave of "app mentality", when are developers going to learn they're slicing their own throats?

    With Windows pushing developers toward Metro app development, and Apple's history of pulling apps, then replacing them with their own, when will developers stand up and say "Enough is enough!"

    With the success of a few apps generating some coin, this is a new gold rush that has only one future road to take: giving back control to monopolies, to which developers spent years using open source to get away from.

    This may seem like a tinfoil hat argument, but I've seen it before. Back when desktop apps no longer had their monopoly control once the new era of developers migrated to internet websites. What Microsoft charged, Google provided for free.

    This article, even updated, just covers up the bigger issue of losing control, and it's a shame to read.

    "Welcome to Walmart!" I best get used to saying this in my new career, because as a web developer, I'm watching apps put my future at risk and I have no desire to return to a world I already knew wasn't profitable once everyone else started making desktop apps.

    I give it just five years when companies start announcing the closing of their websites in favor for their apps.

    All for control.

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