I wrote recently about my thoughts on the future of Apple and why it makes sense that they will eventually become a network. I maybe got carried away somewhat and didn’t explore the negative aspects of this progression, of which there are certainly a few.
First and foremost would you put all your eggs in one basket? It’s an obvious bad move when you consider there is a single point of failure. One company who manufactured your device, created the operating system you’re running, and controls the network from which you fetch content. The thought of that should probably make you uneasy.
Right now, Apple is vocal about the privacy of their users. They are selling user privacy as a major feature in iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan and they appear to have all the right intentions, but what if that’s not always the case? What if their hand is forced by a court or government somewhere? They would have the theoretical capability of monitoring a person to a level of detail which has not previously been so easily achievable, at least by a single company.
In my original post, I hypothesised the idea that this network would be omnipresent and free for all. Maybe a little short sighted, given the obvious challenges involved in running such a network. I hold faith that the network could be free but should Apple choose to charge for it then let’s be honest… Apple is not known for, and has never cared for, providing a budget service. The products are premium, and the costs are definitely premium.
As a side note… If Apple were to charge for a service like this, and it becomes the only way of getting online on your Apple device, they have a dangerous monopoly which allows them to set any price they like for the service! This certainly raises some questions from a legal standpoint.
Personally, I stand by my original post. I believe it will happen, and it will certainly be interesting to see these issues emerge. Let’s not forget, Apple is an innovator, and an innovator with an incredible number of very talented people at its disposal. If anyone can pull this off, I have faith in Apple.