Doesnt really matter.. what matters is the enormous backend investment, and the fact that b2b stuff can work fine on crypto w/o the customer ever touching it. Big things will happen at some point, it's inevitable.
> make all interaction with different blockchains a lot easier
I own a macbook and iphone, but with how Apple likes its ecosystem in a walled garden, I'm really pessimistic about this. I could see a blockchain only for their devices.
Apple’s walled garden is not their business goal; it’s a means to achieve their business goal.
They’ve always aimed to make products with a few properties; simple to use, consistent, privacy-focused, and “it just works”. Apple don’t allow third party repairers (although recently slightly changed) to alter devices, or third party applications, or highly customised OS’s because allowing this will compromised one or several of their goals.
For example, 3rd party apps are not vetted, run the risk of viruses, crashing (hurting user experience), and many more issues. No one who has used both iOS and Android can say that there aren’t issues with Google’s low threshold for Play Store acceptance, let alone allowing unsigned apps.
For this reason, if Apple see that blockchain is the way of the future, then their goal will be making it as accessible as possible to the end user. By offering a “crypto for dummies” device, then they’ll capture the market share of people who are interested but somewhat afraid. That’s where they’ll make money; from customers who have the perception that, if you want easy-to-use crypto applications, then you need an Apple device.
Not to mention how they could pitch their security, since we all know that all trust-less systems have greater risks, with respect to losses from hackers/viruses being unrecoverable. If your Apple device is not only easier to use for blockchain applications than alternatives, AND they’re more secure, then it’s a no-brainier, and sales skyrocket. They could potentially use such a feature-set to launch themselves into dominance, somewhat similarly to how they did it by bucking the “keyboard phone trend” with the original iPhone.
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Ok, nice job displaying that you have some IT savvy I guess? I'm not so sure you understand that no matter how open source their fucking Darwin kernel is, it's still falls under the Apple umbrella. All those "open source" stacks and frameworks they contribute to and integrate into their ecosystem? Still Apple. End to end. Doesn't matter who helps build the ecosystem, framework or the fucking Darwin Kernel. At the end of the day, it's still Apple. And freedom to integrate different software/hardware other than Apple (AFTER PRODUCTION) is either severely limited or nonexistent.
Honestly I think that was Apple’s typical pattern at work though. They outwardly reject something while simultaneously spinning up feelers for a tech, develop in secret, buy companies along the way in top secret mode and then start paving the way to the final result of their version of the tech with intermediary products. The next phase usually is allowing others to explore the field (current) for them so they can watch closely. I think Apple has some interest to continue to show up as a privacy-protecting company because they can compete in a field Google and Facebook literally cannot; so I think they’ll step into the game soon.
Yeah, I agree with that analysis but not with the projection. I totally see your vision of Apple kicking out open-source wallets from their store, only to launch the "IPhone CryptoCurrency Edition" (iphone-cce) with integrated HW-wallet and the lot. They probably will actually do this.
But I disagree that an iphone-cce^tm will be more privacy-concentric than a Trezor on Android running Electrum-Mobile. Apple does have a better privacy record than Google or Facebook, but that is not a very high bar. Apple serves as a single point of failure. The whole iCloud hack with the celeb selfies should have been a testament to that.
I have no doubt that 90% of the iphone-cce^tm users will "just trust" apple to do it right. I just think that people will do so at their own peril. I'll take opensource HW and SW 10 times out of 10 over anything apple provides.
Luckily we have an open market and people can decide for themselves. I jumped ship on Apple in favor of FOSS years ago, and see nothing now that would change my mind.
Oh yeah, that’s why I’m careful to say “show up as...” - apple in general doesn’t like having less than 100% control which is at odds with decentralized/open source at a philosophical level. However they will almost certainly cherry-pick the parts of crypto that make them show up as privacy-first, not necessarily actually being that, and put it in their “wallet”