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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Comment by GiantTalkingCow
by GiantTalkingCow on Mon 16th Nov 2009 20:33 UTC
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2009-01-27

Will we see less quality software on the platform? That depends entirely on the sort of developers who end up leaving. As is, finding quality software is quite hard (that is, by browsing around, as opposed to finding something you might've heard mentioned somewhere else) given the sheer number of apps for the App Store, and the high percentage of shovelware.

As for users noticing, we'll see; I think that the biggest impact may well be on Android, which could see an influx of new devs to coincide with the slew of new phones running the OS coming out in coming months. I predict a minor impact in the short run, possibly a big one in the long run.

Edited 2009-11-16 20:34 UTC

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RE: Comment by GiantTalkingCow
by Manik on Mon 16th Nov 2009 21:45 in reply to "Comment by GiantTalkingCow"
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2005-07-06

Will we see less quality software on the platform? I would say that it depends entirely on the sort of developers coming in.

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RE: Comment by GiantTalkingCow
by mabhatter on Mon 16th Nov 2009 22:40 in reply to "Comment by GiantTalkingCow"
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2005-07-17

The big problem now is that many of these are developers on their second pass through the system. These are developers making money on Mac-only software, writing for iphone and some of the first developers to jump in with polished apps. What's going to happen is the worst possible thing... version 2 of the apps are never going to see production, Apple is making bug fix and security checking so painful nobody wants to do it.

The going trend seems to be that Apple is now getting "real" companies to write iPhone apps (tom tom, EA, etc) and I don't think they feel the need for the "small shop" developers that are the staple of Mac OSX software. I also think that these smaller developers know where CUSTOMERS want the iPhone to go way better than Apple and have experience with Apple's tools to bend and twist and play with their toys in an unapproved manner. Because of that I think apple is shutting these guys down for getting "too far ahead" of what Apple and AT&T think iPhones should be doing, and just using under-staffing/silence rather than discussing the issues openly.

The REAL trouble for iPhone is that big companies like EA will drop it like a stone if they don't get unrealistic 25% year-over-year growth because things aren't profitable "enough". Same with all these other companies that have been dealing with Microsoft for years, but stopped dealing with Apple... Apple will fail again if they don't open their process up so that some of the small, consistent MacOS and iPhone devs get to be millionaires too. I get the feeling Apple is cherry-picking the best markets to woo bigger companies as new partners, and leaving the guys that stuck with them behind... If there's no seat at the table the small, productive devs will stop coming and Mac/iPhone will die again.

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bousozoku Member since:
2006-01-23


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The REAL trouble for iPhone is that big companies like EA will drop it like a stone if they don't get unrealistic 25% year-over-year growth because things aren't profitable "enough". Same with all these other companies that have been dealing with Microsoft for years, but stopped dealing with Apple... Apple will fail again if they don't open their process up so that some of the small, consistent MacOS and iPhone devs get to be millionaires too. I get the feeling Apple is cherry-picking the best markets to woo bigger companies as new partners, and leaving the guys that stuck with them behind... If there's no seat at the table the small, productive devs will stop coming and Mac/iPhone will die again.


What I see is that EA couldn't care less whether they do a high quality job or not on their software on any platform. On iPhone, all developers are expected to sell consumer applications much cheaper than for any computer platform or game console.

The small developers are likely doing better because they're more willing to manipulate their pricing (temporarily) to spark interest. On the other hand, Apple isn't much help unless you're a big name development house.

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