Over at The Register, there’s an interesting op/ed piece by Bill Ray, who talks about the iSlate/tablet as a launching pad for Apple to expand its draconian controls into more and more of your digital life.
The iSlate will take the iPhone concept into a decent-sized package, but more importantly for Apple it takes the security and control model into the realm of laptop computing. From there it’s a small jump to the desktop and Cupertino control over everything you do on your computer.
The piece is a touch scaremongering, but it does raise some interesting points. The iPhone is an incredibly stable and safe system because of the strict controls over apps. Consumers seem okay with this on their phones, but would they extend the same approval to the equivalent of a laptop? Not being able to download whatever you want, and run it? And what if Apple continued down that path? Would you buy your next MacBook if you could only run Apple okayed applications?