I guess this is a little like hoping to spot Santa zooming round behind a bunch of reindeer in a few days, but it sure would be nice if it could be worked out.  I’d love to see Apple adopt Installer as the mechanism for providing applications once we get to February and there are […]
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Never Happen, But Apple Should Adopt Installer

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I guess this is a little like hoping to spot Santa zooming round behind a bunch of reindeer in a few days, but it sure would be nice if it could be worked out.  I’d love to see Apple adopt Installer as the mechanism for providing applications once we get to February and there are some apps that are Apple-approved.

I think Installer is superb to work with, and I haven’t seen anything else that even approaches it on Windows Mobile or Palm OS.   It’s easy to find a particular sort of program by looking through appropriate category sections, and it’s also easy (and fun) to just browse what’s new each day.  Seeing detailed information on an app you’re considering, and installs and uninstalls, are all achieved quickly when you’re on a WiFi connection.  I also love that it lets me know immediately about updates to programs you already have installed, right on its main screen.

I’m sure it would be a lot tougher to keep it all working smoothly when apps are charged for and require some sort of ‘certification’ from Apple, but Installer already has such a great foundation, I imagine it would be well up to the task if Apple were willing to collaborate with Nullriver on it.

But … I imagine that’s not gonna happen and what we’ll get is software sold via iTunes.  And that will be OK, but I don’t imagine it being as easy and slick to work with as Installer.  Hopefully I’m wrong, but I have a feeling I’ll be missing Installer plenty come next March …

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