Some recent comments on The Mac Observer’s Daily Observations Podcast led to this debate on Apple’s relationship to its competitors with Bryan Chaffin, Kelly Guimont, and John Martellaro. In Part 1, we frame the question of whether Apple has obligations to its competitors to level the playing field when it comes to access to the iPhone as both a services platform and as a payment platform, and whether Apple’s financial resources should be considered in answering the questions. (Part 1 of 2)
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Bryan Chaffin began using Apple computers in 1983 in a high school BASIC programming class. He started using Macs in 1990 when the Kinko’s guy taught him how to use Aldus PageMaker, finally buying a Power Computing Power 100 in 1995. Bryan is the cofounder of The Mac Observer and currently serves as Afternoon Editor. He has contributed to MacAddict and MacFormat magazines, and coauthored Incredible iPad Apps for Dummies with Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus. You can find out more about Bryan at his personal site, GeekTells, and follow him on Twitter.
Kelly Guimont is a longtime Apple geek, sitting down (on a telephone book) in front of an Apple IIe in 1983. She can still hear the ticking of the ImageWriter. Thanks to the miracle of the adjustable leg desk, she no longer needs the phonebook. Kelly writes for The Mac Observer, is the host of the Daily Observations Podcast, is co-host of The Aftershow, and yet still has more to say which she saves for Twitter and Micro.blog.
John Martellaro is the Senior Editor for Reviews and Analysis at The Mac Observer, and host of the Background Mode podcast. Previously,he has worked for NASA, Lockheed Martin Astronautics,the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Apple. At Apple, he worked as a Senior Marketing Manager, a Federal Account Executive and a High Performance Computing manager. His interests include all things Apple, chess, science fiction and astronomy.You can follow John on Twitter, and hear his insightful interviews with tech and science luminaries on his podcast, Background Mode.
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