Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 8th Nov 2009 16:11 UTC
Apple We're all familiar with the fact that Apple has trouble managing its App Store. While it is overflowing with applications, Apple governs it willy-nilly, and the web is rife with stories from developers who had their application rejected for no apparent reason. There's now a new issue we can add to the list. Are you an iPhone developer? Do you want a similar, competing application out of the App Store? All you need to do is send an infringement claim to Apple, and they'll happily threaten to remove the competing application without a second thought. Update: And here's a similar case, about Stoneloops! vs. Luxor.
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Apple & developer support
by BallmerKnowsBest on Sun 8th Nov 2009 21:01 UTC
BallmerKnowsBest
Member since:
2008-06-02

Microsoft is smart enough to realize that, if you want your platform to be successful, then you do everything your power to make life easier for the people developing software for that platform.

But Apple does everything in their power to piss off people who develop software for the iPhone. Apple history is poised to repeat itself once again: they get a few years of success, then competitors catch up and Apple eventually gets left in the dust because of their own arrogance.

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RE: Apple & developer support
by Tony Swash on Mon 9th Nov 2009 10:53 in reply to "Apple & developer support"
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

But Apple does everything in their power to piss off people who develop software for the iPhone.


That would be the reason that there are now over 100,000 apps for the iPhone - ten times as many as any other phone platform.

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dragossh Member since:
2008-12-16

And look at how many are fart apps...

As a Mac user, you should know very well that quantity doesn't mean quality. But I guess every Mac user forgot that when they saw the success of the iPhone. Because by your logic, Windows is better than OS X.

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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

That would be the reason that there are now over 100,000 apps for the iPhone - ten times as many as any other phone platform.


Is there some sort of mailing list that sends those Mac fanboy talking-points? Or are you just repeatedly copy-pasting that "OMG 100,000 apps" bit because you have real argument?

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RE: Apple & developer support
by polyex on Tue 10th Nov 2009 10:32 in reply to "Apple & developer support"
polyex Member since:
2007-07-11

I would figure that giving a free copy of a full version of Xcode since the initial release of Mac OS X would be an indicator of that goal. A very $99.00 to release an app for the store VS how much is the full version of Visual Studio?

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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

I would figure that giving a free copy of a full version of Xcode since the initial release of Mac OS X would be an indicator of that goal.


Great. So after you've paid the exorbitant price of a Mac (and presumably an iPhone too), you get the development tools for free. How generous of Apple.

Of course, the reality is that even Apple is smart enough to realize that they have no choice in the matter. No one in their right mind would buy development tools for an OS with such a small userbase.

A very $99.00 to release an app for the store VS how much is the full version of Visual Studio?


Which version? But whatever the cost, it's a small price to pay for not being tied to development tools that only run on over-priced hardware from a single vendor. And the biggest value? Not having to deal with Apple's ridiculously arbitrary, draconian app store submission process and policies.

Oh, and a counter-question: how much does Microsoft charge you for the "privilege" of releasing software for their mobile platform? That would be $0? Interesting.

And while we're on the subject, how much does the Android SDK cost? How about the webOS SDK? And how much does it cost to release software developed with those tools? Unlike Apple, the answer to all three questions is $0. Amazing, no?

Thanks to Apple behaving like a short-sighted control freak when it comes to iPhone third-party development, Palm and Google look downright magnanimous just by providing a basic, common courtesy to developers. Maybe they should send Apple a "thank you" card.

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