Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Nov 2009 19:48 UTC
Apple "Continued issues with the App Store approval process are prompting developers to shun the platform entirely. Though there are tens of thousands of other developers pumping out over 100000 iPhone apps, will continued migration away from iPhone development result in less quality software for the platform? Worse yet, will users even care?"
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RE[2]: As an iPhone owner
by theosib on Mon 16th Nov 2009 21:28 UTC in reply to "RE: As an iPhone owner"
theosib
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Do you really think that the vast majority of users are savvy enough to figure out when an app is malware? And by the time someone figures it out, many people will have installed it and be unable to remove it, leading to increased tech support costs for Apple and increased frustration for everyone.

I'm not saying, however, that Apple's current process is right. Perhaps better would be some democratic process where community members vet apps. An app that hasn't been vetted can appear in the store, but it'll be red-marked all over the place with warnings that it hasn't been checked. The trouble is, this just isn't the Apple way.

At the very least, they should keep some internal dev rating list that helps them to prioritize respected veteran devs versus random Joe noname. Having a few unexperienced hackers pissed off isn't a big deal, because that will only improve the quality of what gets into the store. Having a team of high-end respected developers pissed off is a bad thing, because that will only worsten the quality of what gets into the store.

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