Panic, on Apple’s Gatekeeper in OS X Mountain Lion:
In recent years, Apple has shown a trend of following the most hardline
possible stance that will benefit users and Apple, often at the expense of
developer freedom, and gradually backing in certain affordances (push
notifications, for example) as user-impacting problems became evident. So it
seemed feasible that we’d wake up one day and Apple would decree that all Mac
apps must be sold through the App Store.
But instead, Apple went to considerable effort and expense to find a middle
Gatekeeper seems like an interesting compromise. It’s much more liberal than I
expected. What’s more surprising, though, is that Apple invited Panic out to
have a preview of the feature. And given that Phil Schiller himself gave a
private demo of Mountain Lion to John Gruber, I’m quite curious to
know more about the direction Apple is going.