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Apple pulls a Microsoft with Snow Leopard and iPhone OS 3.1

You know Apple is fond of telling people what they should think about the iPhone and by their actions introducing many untruths in the name of marketing. For example Apple is pushing Snow Leopard as "The world?s most advanced operating system." Yet on the day it shipped it came with a flawed version of Flash. To make matters worse the new OS broke a laundry list of applications that worked on the older version.  

Both of these items would have [and in fact have] gotten Microsoft round after round of ridicule yet we tend to see many sites gloss of these problems when it comes to Apple and Steve Jobs.

Full Exchange support: iPhone 2G, 3G and 3GS. Post OS3.1: only 3GS.
Full Exchange support: 3.0 supported iPhone 2G, 3G and 3GS. OS3.1 only supports 3GS. 

Now we find that Apple might have been less than truthful about its Full Exchange support that they implemented with the iPhone OS 2.0. While yes Apple did include push support and Exchange sync what it did not do was have any type of hardware encryption. You see what it did was lie to Exchange about this so that any Exchange system that had Active-Sync rules that required Hardware Encryption would think the phone was ok and allow the connection. Now this is a very bad thing for Apple to do while telling everyone how secure and wonderful the iPhone is.

Well now with the new iPhone 3.1 OS the software no longer lies about the status of hardware encryption. This has the effect of preventing older phones [3G and 2G] from connecting to an Exchange server that requires it. Apple?s fix for this? Well they want you to either convince your CTO, SysAdmin or IT Manager to relax the security requirements on their active sync setup, or buy a new iPhone 3G S. This is a major red flag in any organization that has strict rules on security.

This little issue will only server to highlight one big difference between the iPhone other smart phones. The problem is that this will be minimized by too many as "no big deal" when it is a very big deal just as the problems with Snow Leopard are. But hey, it is Apple and they always seem to get a free pass when they fall short of the mark.

So I leave you with this great Newsweek video of lost and discarded Mac ads, these are some I would really like to see get out to the public.