When I purchased an iPhone it was with the casual understanding that I was buying into a product that was controlled not by me, in the way I control my computer, but by the company selling me the product, Apple.
It’s what Jonathan Zittrain describes as a “tethered appliance.” In contrast to a “generative PC.” Have enough of these tethered appliances and the internet would cease being the internet.
Update: If you’d like a chance to tell these self-appointed arbiters of culture what you think you can go to the Ninjawords App Store page (App Store link) and click on the “Report a Problem” button at the bottom. You’ll need to use an iPhone as the “Report a Problem” button doesn’t seem to appear in iTunes.
Update 2: Apple’s vice president Phil Schiller responds to Gruber.