Tera Thomas O’Brien:
There is a growing chorus from technology media writers for Apple to put the much loved Messages app on Android and Windows. I can see the advantage for Android smartphone users and Windows users, but what’s in it for Apple?
The dumb idea promulgator (who, ostensibly, was paid for the idea):
Keeping iMessage locked to iOS and macOS is akin to Apple’s initial decision to make the iPod only compatible with Macs (fun fact, the iPod only became a big hit when Apple opened it up to Windows users).
Uh, what? That’s a false equivalency. iPod is hardware which Apple sold to make a profit. Messages is free for iOS and macOS users.
The argument against:
Putting Messages on Android OS or Windows 10 is not a good idea because, 1) it removes an incentive for those users to switch to an iPhone, and, 2) Apple doesn’t make any money with such a change, and, 3) Apple is a hardware company.