It’s a classic Mac defense argument.
Apple wants to ensure that if someone wants to use a Mac Air to play Angry Birds, they can still play it.
But if the Mac Air is being used as a Mac, and if someone decides to use it for something else that has a different operating system or requires it to be connected to a wireless network, Apple could theoretically shut down the Mac and force anyone else who wants to run Angry Birds to do so on an Apple device.
“If a Mac owner uses a Mac to use an iPhone, the iPhone will not be able to connect to the Mac,” Apple says in its FAQ.
Apple also notes that some Macs are being sold as “Apple-branded devices” without the OS X logo.
It says that while “it’s technically possible to use Apple-branded hardware,” that’s not allowed because it might infringe upon the rights of Apple.
“Apple is committed to protecting users’ personal data, and protecting Apple-labeled hardware from misuse is one of Apple’s core business principles,” the FAQ says.
If Apple decides to block Angry Birds on a Mac that doesn’t have an OS X version, it can still do so.
But it will have to take down all of the software on the device, including the Angry Birds app, so it’s not exactly a perfect solution.
Apple is still trying to figure out what the right answer is, but it does seem like it could be that the Mac has to be banned in order to keep Angry Birds running.
If the Apple-approved Macs can’t be used to run the Angry Bird app, Apple is basically saying that you can’t run Angry Bird on an OSX-approved version of the Mac.
That’s an incredibly complex issue, and it could ultimately result in some serious legal trouble for Apple.