After iPhone Live: Is AppleTaking Down iPhone’s Walled Garden — Or Just Building A New Fence?

Now that the dust has settled from yesterday’s Apple’s (NSDQ: AAPL) iPhone event, here’s the big question: is Apple actually tearing down the garden wall or building a new fence? Unfortunately, it will be hard to answer until we see exactly how Apple starts to throw its weight around. For starters, they’ve confirmed that they will block some apps, even if they don’t fall into obvious buckets of malicious or porn. But it’s unclear exactly what will be fair game. They said yesterday that VoIP apps will be allowed only on WiFi, not on the cellular network — and, as Engadget points out, that SIM unlocking remains prohibited, too — but what about more ambiguous issues, such as building an app to purchase MP3s from an iTunes competitor such as Amazon? Where will it stop?

One thing is exceedingly clear: Apple’s control. CEO Steve Jobs said the only way to sell an app is to go through Apple — on the App store or on iTunes: “If the developer doesn


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