Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Sep 2009 15:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Over the past few days, we've seen yet another rollercoaster ride in Apple's App Store. The fully licensed Commodore 64 emulator, which was rejected earlier this year, was admitted into the App Store yesterday, only to be removed this morning. This tug of war between Apple and its 3rd party developers is getting a bit old, so let's take a look at a company that treats its 3rd party developers right: Palm.
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RE[4]: Okay
by Tony Swash on Tue 8th Sep 2009 19:13 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Okay"
Tony Swash
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2009-08-22

OK the Apple store has been around longer - here's my prediction in a years time the Apple store will still be way ahead, Palm will never catch up - this is partly because the software platform and tools of the iPhone are so much better and partly because the iPhone will always outsell the Palm phones by a very large margin and will therefore be a much more attractive platform for developers.

Developers are not restricted by Apple's "bogus restrictions" - they they just have to fit into the model that Apple had decided on for its iPhone, its their product they can structure their offering to the consumer pretty much in any way they want. The smart phone market is not a monopoly and there are plenty of competing phones. If consumers or developers don't like what Apple offers they can use an alternative. As I said the model chosen by Apple, the App store, is wildly successful and is hugely popular with consumers (1.5 billion plus sales of apps) and developers (65000 plus apps) - why on earth would they want to change it? Certainly not because of the whining of a bunch of (in economic terms) pretty marginal hobbyists and technical tinkerers, and certainly not so as to emulate a less successful product (the Palm Pre).

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