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12 June 2007


Ed Vielmetti

Jim -

The only strategy that I can come up with that makes any sense is that Apple wants it to be easy for Windows developers to build web sites that look great on the iPhone. Nothing else comes to mind that would justify the effort and expense.

Robert W. Anderson

I think the strategy is to give Apple another way to get iTunes on to Windows machines. Every time QuickTime self-updates it defaults to "and install iTunes too".

I bet that Safari does the same thing in spades.

Jay Fienberg

Safari makes money for Apple. See John Gruber's analysis of Safari:

"It's not widely publicized, but those integrated search bars in web browser toolbars are revenue generators. When you do a Google search from Safari's toolbar, Google pays Apple a portion of the ad revenue from the resulting page. . .

"The same goes for Mozilla. . . the Mozilla Foundation earned over $50 million in search engine ad revenue in 2005, mostly from Google.

"My somewhat-informed understanding is that Apple is currently generating about $2 million per month from Safari's Google integration. That’s $25 million per year. If Safari for Windows is even moderately successful, it’s easy to see how that might grow to $100 million per year or more."

Jay Fienberg

Oh, I forgot typepad is not designed for the real world wide web, uses the shortsighted and corrupting nofollow without prejudice, and so stripped out the URL in the link I included in my comment:


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