Check the full article for more on Kevin Lynch’s view. I agree with the overall theme, i.e., that it’s a lot like 1984 all over again in some ways; specifically, I think Apple risks loving its products to death, much as it nearly did with the original Mac (which, ironically, was saved in large part by Adobe and the desktop publishing franchise Adobe and Apple were jointly able to create, but I digress…). By being arrogant and perfectionist isolationists who insist on controlling – and profiting from – every facet of their customers’ experience, Apple is exposing itself to a wide variety of strategic risks, including a deeply alienated partner ecosystem and customers who will happily turn on it when more compelling alternatives from less obsessive and greedy supplier ecosystems inevitably leapfrog Apple’s latest temporal reality distortion field.
From the Kevin Lynch article:
Apple's refusal to allow Flash on the iPhone hurts innovation and is "like 1984 in a lot of ways," Adobe Systems (ADBE)' CTO said on Wednesday, implying that Apple has become the "Big Brother" it rebelled against in its iconic TV ad from that year.
"The story is bigger than HTML versus Flash. It's about freedom of choice on the Web," CTO Kevin Lynch said at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco Wednesday, when he was asked to comment on "the elephant in the room" during an on-stage interview