Apple boss Cook suggests a more open iOS in future

Apple boss Cook suggests a more open iOS in futureIn-depth interviews with industry big-hitters such as Apple CEO Tim Cook don't come along often, so forgive us for tackling Cook's AllThingsD interview yesterday into multiple helpings.

Lewis has already dealt with Cook's dismissal of Apple producing a phablet, but he was – perhaps surprisingly – far more willing to entertain the idea of a more open approach to iOS APIs in the future.

Apple has a perceived reputation for taking a “walled garden” approach to its software, seeking to control as many factors and elements in the process as it can in order to maintain specific standards and keep fragmentation to a minimum.

The very public shunning of Flash in iOS – a cold shoulder embodied by former CEO Steve Jobs himself – is probably the best recent example cited by those critical of Apple's supposed inflexibility.

But with Cook now in charge, and iOS a bigger fish than ever before, and therefore being targeted more than ever by equally big fish for some mutually beneficial cooperation, it seems that stance is softening.

“On the general topic of opening up APIs, I think you'll see us open up more in the future,” Cook said yesterday on the subject. “But not to the degree that we put the customer at risk of having a bad experience. So there's always a fine line to walk there, or maybe not so fine.”

On the subject of Facebook Home, Cook conceded that the sheer number of iOS users these days meant there would always be elements that would end up disappointed, and that it was something the company was always consciously evaluating.

“We think the customer pays us to make choices on their behalf. I've see some of these settings screens, and I don't think that's what customers want,” he said. “Do some want it? Yes.”

He did, however, directly rule out Facebook Home's Chat Heads, a tool that in its Android incarnation utilises some fairly deep OS-level cooperation.

“There's always more the companies can do together. I don't think that that's one,” Cook commented.

Via AllThingsD

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JanSt / MOD  May. 29, 2013 at 23:37

He's right about that Facebook atrocity. And Jobs was right about Flash - suck it up, 'tube addicts. :p

I said the rest before: 20+ million used the Evasion jailbreak tool in the first 2 weeks of its availability! That is 20+ million iDevice users who are p*ssed off everytime Apple kill the JB!
Add non-iOS users who might give Apple their money if they knew they could easily, and ALWAYS jailbreak!!!

Stelph  May. 30, 2013 at 08:44

What's the issue with chat heads? Personally I think it's quite an elegant solution to the need of wanting to be able to chat without changing apps and you can also carry on with what you are doing until you are ready to replay. I'd love to see a similar system rolled out to all chat apps (imsg for example)

Think Tim is just jumping on the Facebook home bashing bandwagon

JanSt / MOD  May. 30, 2013 at 09:49

What's the issue with chat heads? Personally I think it's quite an elegant solution to the need of wanting to be able to chat without changing apps and you can also carry on with what you are doing until you are ready to replay. I'd love to see a similar system rolled out to all chat apps (imsg for example)

Think Tim is just jumping on the Facebook home bashing bandwagon
<= Maybe.
But it was kinda embarassing. And for AT&T to discontinue the First after a couple of weeks?! LOL So, from a US pov it does make sense to mention it.

Stelph  May. 30, 2013 at 15:59

True, I am glad that this has FINALLY silenced all those idiots who were calling for a facebook phone, it was never a good idea after facebook apps came out on iOS/Android so its good to see its finally tanked, tho its a shame that its HTC who had to take the hit (samsung could do with being taken down a peg or two atm imo)

I just think its a shame that although home was a bad idea, some parts of it were very good ideas (like the chat heads, theres even a jailbreak tweak that allows the chat heads to escape the facebook app that I tried and looked great, tho I was having atability issues with it so removed it.) that are now being bulldozed over instead of extracting and implemeting seperatly

JanSt / MOD  May. 30, 2013 at 18:06

Yeah, but c'mon - HTC made the Cha Cha! To then go on and make the First??!! They asked for pain! Especially since the First had absolutely NOTHING going for it except for that FB thingy. The ChaCha at least had a qwerty - something missing in the Android realm.

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