Software developers who create apps for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS platform have had a fairly easy go of things. Thanks to Apple's highly regulated "walled garden," iOS apps have been built upon a very standard and very consistent set of design elements and guidelines that remained relatively unchanged since the platform's launch in 2007. Actionable items such as menu buttons and setting toggles maintained a uniformity that not only kept apps looking consistent but also familiarized users with a standard interface that spanned across Apple's entire mobile ecosystem. Unlike Android (NASDAQ:GOOG), Windows Phone (NASDAQ:MSFT), and BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY), which have each undergone at least one major overhaul of their respective operating systems in the years since their launch, iOS stayed the course and never instituted an interface change that forced developers to rethink and redesign their work. That is, up until a few weeks ago. http://www.minyanville.com/sectors/technology/articles/Apple-Inc-May-Have-Opened-Pandora2527s/6/26/2013/id/50532
James F. Booth
For more than 25 years, James Booth has provided consulting and legal services to telecommunications carriers and to enterprise companies that manage their own telecommunications networks. Since June of 2009 he has also served as General Counsel of Spread Networks, LLC, which is the industry leader in the construction and operation of low latency high speed networks. Before joining Spread he was General Counsel for OnFiber Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider, and was the sole attorney for Qwest Communications International in support of its construction of an 18,800 mile fiber optic network spanning the United States. Earlier he was lead counsel for U S WEST in its wireless and cable television ventures in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.