Open source allows modification from its original design free of charge while the source code of a closed source is not shared with the public. For most of us, this doesn’t overly impact however it is another example of Apple controlling its users. With its closed source and lack of compatibility with non-Apple devices, it begs the question:
Personally, almost every technology product I own are apple related and I love them all. Apple have such a strong eco-system across devices and I’ve become so accustom to their user friendly products, but at what price?
I think it’s becoming increasingly rare for Apple users to own only one of the developers device. So while an iPhone may be over $1,500, that’s not the price you’re paying. You’re paying for a lack of freedom and an ongoing battle of compatibility. Whether you’re someone who would take advantage of an open source or not, it’s important to be aware of the differences and know why Apple choose to be closed source.