Remember when the iPad first came out, and there was all this talk of it escentially being the future of personal computers? Ever since then, and even before then, I’ve maintained a theory that a lot of what you’d see on the iPhone would find its way onto the Mac before too long. In my massive review of the iPad, I voiced some disagreement with Apple’s philosophy about what you should and shouldn’t be permitted to do with or install on their devices. In short, I’ve never been a fan of Apple’s app store, and in fact have sworn off buying an iPhone, iPad or iWhatever largely because of that. Well, plus the fact they’ve developed an alergy to the built-in keyboard but that’s neither here nor there. And, sure enough, the next version of Mac OS, to be released sometime in the summer of 2011, is said to include it’s very own app store. More details have been released throughout the day, which pretty much amount to the same thing you see on the iPhone/Pad making it into the next itteration of Mac OS.
Roughly translated, starting in the next version of Mac OS, you may be required to jailbreak your Mac before you can do anything with it that Apple doesn’t directly approve of–like, for instance, that whole fiasco re: Google Voice not being welcome on the iPhone for a few forevers. Or the relatively minor little issue of Apple deciding flash doesn’t belong on its platform.
Starting with the next version of Mac OS, you’ll more than likely be seeing the same restrictions placed on it that you do on your iPad. You may have bought the hardware, but you’ll still need Apple’s permission to do anything with it. In short, I called it. You escentially rent the iPad, and you’ll soon be renting your Mac to go with it. Welcome to the future, folks.