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Attributing to Spite What Might Be Attributable to Corporate Lawyers

Apple’s first post-acquisition update of the iOS automation app Workflow removed (among other things) support for the Google Chrome browser. Immediate reaction from the peanut gallery is that this was competitive spite on Apple’s part. Maybe! But maybe not — Marco Arment reports that he was asked a few weeks ago to sign a one-page contract to allow Workflow to interact with Overcast, and speculates quite reasonably that perhaps Google ignored or rejected the same request.

I wouldn’t bet against Chrome support returning to Workflow now that Google knows what’s going on.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017