Is Apple Secretly Evil?

December 9, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Well, maybe not so secretly. The latest controversy: Banning donations to charity via iPhone apps. The New York Times reports:

The nonprofit world is stewing over the ban Apple has put on making donations on the iPhone via charity apps.

No one, including Apple, has data on how many nonprofits have created apps for the iPhone. Organizations like the Monterey Bay Aquarium and American Cancer Society have them, but none can be used to make gifts. Prospective donors instead are directed out of a nonprofit’s app and to its Web site, which the organizations say makes the process of contributing more cumbersome.

Actually, there may be legitimate reasons for Apple to prevent donation apps:

‘One of Apple’s major objections has been that if donations were to go through its payment mechanism, it would have to be in the business of managing and distributing funds and verifying charities as well,’ said Jake Shapiro, executive director of Public Radio Exchange.

All things considered, Apple’s position is perhaps not all that unreasonable.

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