Follow-up Video Interview with Dan Grigsby on the end of Mobile Orchard


Last Friday, Dan Grigsby ceased operations of both iPhone development and Mobile Orchard – a destination for iPhone Developer News, Links and interviews.  From the final goodbye,

Ask permission environments crush creativity and innovation. In healthy environments, when would-be innovators/creators identify opportunities the only thing that stands between the idea and its realization is work. In the iPhone OS environment when you see an opportunity, you put in work first, ask Apple’s permission and then, only after gaining their approval, your idea can be realized…That’s wrong. It’s been wrong. And, with the extension of this approach to the iPad, it’s becoming ever more wrong. And this week’s news that “Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript” — making verboten Corona, iPhone Wax, and Unity 3D, destroying one of the most innovative areas in iPhone dev — is more wrong still.”

TECHdotMN interview with Dan Grigsby from TECHdotMN on Vimeo.


  • David H Stannard

    Best of luck Dan!

    Wow – truly a sad day. And unfortunately not Dan is not the only high profile casualty of Job's myopic and arbitrary business practices – IMO. So we lose another trail blazer, an innovator and source of valuable information & insight. The type of behavior and the type of person that we want in this country.

    I hope that Steve Jobs will quickly wake up and chart a better, more constructive course forward. Competition is good Steve – most Americans believe this.

  • Ari Braginsky

    That was insightful and a nice way to sum up what you said in the final post last Friday, Dan.

    Time will tell how Apple ultimately handles 3rd party development solutions for the iPhone once the SDK agreement becomes final, but it does look like they are indeed moving in a direction opposite from openness that pressures from the competition would normally foster.

    Good luck on your future endeavors,