Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Nov 2009 18:44 UTC
Apple Apple is usually quite the secretive company, revealing little of itself or its practices. With the App Store under heavy criticism, the company felt it needed to break the silence, and as such, Apple's senior vice-president for worldwide product marketing, Phil Schiller defended the company's App Store policies.
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Comment by haus
by haus on Mon 23rd Nov 2009 19:01 UTC
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Makes a lot of sense actually.

I know it's frustrating for developers but as a user, its very reassuring that I'm not going to be getting anything that will hurt my phone or computer for that matter.

I think that those companies not employing such techniques will eventually experience some serious problems as a result.

I think the key here is to automate as much of this as possible and only incorporate a human to remove elements that are more subjective if that company wants to maintain a clean image, like removal of sexually explicit imagery for example.

Maybe Apple is already doing these things... I don't know. With the number of apps that being submitted I would imagine that some problems are inevitable and the more apps there are the greater ratio for problems. Developers will inevitably be vocal about it and talk to the media who will do their part in making these problems seem more apparent than they are.

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It's a repository distribution system so there are many benefits for the end users. Vetting applications for quality and compatability is a pretty big one. Apple has no end to example of retail and non-retail setups.

The confusion for developers seems to stem more from poorly communicated minimum standards and what apears to be arbitrary decisions. Two apps may conflict over patents so Apple simply bans one without looking at the validity of the claims by the other. A developer can't submit an app because it comes to close to a function Apple covets. Another developer has an app blocked with no clear reason why.

If Apple can maintain a single repository and vett software for compatability and quality or clear standards if they are going to play moral crossing guard then no worries. Lots of other orgs manage to do it so hopefully Apple learns quickly.

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RE: Comment by haus
by dagw on Tue 24th Nov 2009 00:29 in reply to "Comment by haus"
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as a user, its very reassuring that I'm not going to be getting anything that will hurt my phone or computer for that matter.

If that was all there was too it then no one would complain. The problem is that Apple is blocking apps for all kinds of other reasons that have nothing to do with protecting the phone from malicious code.

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