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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As an iPhone owner
by darknexus on Mon 16th Nov 2009 20:55 UTC
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I must say that, while the app store is awesome from the user side, the inconsistent approval processes are bound to result in developers giving up. Why, if I'm developing an app, would I put all my time and effort into it only to have some bitpusher at Apple reject it even though it meets their requirements? It just doesn't make sense, and quite frankly I am surprised that more developers haven't left and that there is, at least, a good number of quality apps for the platform. It's true that there's a lot of crap in the app store as well (how many flashlight apps do we need?) but right now there is also some very nice and useful apps. I certainly care if there no longer continues to be good apps, especially since given my situation there's no platform I can switch to aside from windows mobile or symbian neither of which have very many decent apps at all.
Imho, if Apple insists on being the gatekeeper, they need to institute some sort of pre-approval process. For example, I write out exactly what I want my app to do and why. Apple either approves or disapproves and, if disapproves, explains why. If they approve, then and only then do you develop the app and as long as it does exactly what your original writeup says they'd be bound by contract to enter it into the app store. I think such a system would work much better and make developers much happier than the current one does, at least then Apple can continue to control the store and yet developers don't have their time wasted by writing an app that most users will never get to use.

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RE: As an iPhone owner
by hayalci on Mon 16th Nov 2009 21:17 in reply to "As an iPhone owner"
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Why do they need to `control the store' to begin with?

Put a "report spam/fake/offensive" link and leave it to users to do the cleanup.

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RE[2]: As an iPhone owner
by theosib on Mon 16th Nov 2009 21:28 in reply to "RE: As an iPhone owner"
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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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RE[2]: As an iPhone owner
by Vinegar Joe on Tue 17th Nov 2009 11:35 in reply to "RE: As an iPhone owner"
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Why do they need to `control the store' to begin with?

It's all about the "experience".......

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