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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2006-03-02

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[3]: As an iPhone owner
by Phloptical on Mon 16th Nov 2009 23:39 in reply to "RE[2]: As an iPhone owner"
Phloptical Member since:
2006-10-10

Is there a user rating system in the iphone app store?

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RE[4]: As an iPhone owner
by Chicken Blood on Tue 17th Nov 2009 00:01 in reply to "RE[3]: As an iPhone owner"
Chicken Blood Member since:
2005-12-21

Is there a user rating system in the iphone app store?


Yes there is.

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RE[4]: As an iPhone owner
by theosib on Tue 17th Nov 2009 00:24 in reply to "RE[3]: As an iPhone owner"
theosib Member since:
2006-03-02

Are you asking if it's possible for users to rate apps? Yes, there is such a system. But I'm not talking about users rating an app that is otherwise safe. I'm talking about users even being ABLE to rate something after they installed some malware, and it bricked their phone. Well, maybe they can do it from their PC. They can say, "This app just cost me $500, because it bricked my phone, I was still in contract, and Apple wouldn't fix it," or at the very least, "I lost all my contacts and emails because this app bricked my phone, and Apple had to wipe it. Next time, I'll remember to sync."

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