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Jun 25, 2010, 4:30 PM
Although I definitely see where you're coming from about apps being able to integrate with the OS, in some ways, I'm really glad Apple doesn't let it happen. I remember carrying a Windows Mobile phone, which was pretty customizable for the most part, but a lot of times when those intergrations were made, it hurt the performance of the phone in a big way.

I can see why Apple doesn't want Apps to come close to hurting performance. Apple doesn't want to be blamed for a program messing up their phone...because on the consumer side, it won't be, "Awe man, that App made my phone run slow" it will be, "My phone runs slow."

And to be honest, I'm also glad those apps don't come preinstalled. One of my biggest problems with smartphones is givi...

Jun 26, 2010, 3:40 PM
To paraphrase an iPhone carrying friend of mine when discussing the lack of multi-tasking on the devices.

"If I want to bog down my device by running social networking apps integrated with my OS that should be my decision, not Apple's."

Just my $.02
Rich Brome

Jun 26, 2010, 4:48 PM
There's a whole lot of social networking integration that could be done with zero impact on performance. Just a one-time import of your Google and Facebook contacts when you set it up would be very nice. Most of the competition has that.

Apple does offer over the air sync of MobileMe info, so they've figured out a way to offer it for their own service; it's just a matter of opening it up for Facebook and Google.

The competition syncs with Google and Facebook as a built-in function of the OS, not by running an extra app all the time. And obviously you can switch it off.

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