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]: Comment by GiantTalkingCow
by bousozoku on Tue 17th Nov 2009 01:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by GiantTalkingCow"
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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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