Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Oct 2012 18:22 UTC
Apple "Apple has changed its iOS developer guidelines, adding a clause (on September 12, a source tells me) that reads: 'Apps that display Apps other than your own for purchase or promotion in a manner similar to or confusing with the App Store will be rejected.' That's a change that could have wide-reaching effects, especially on promotion models that offer developers a paid top slot on app recommendation offerings like FreeAppADay, Daily App Dream and more." Weird clause. Doesn't really seem to address any issue I can think of.
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siraf72
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2006-02-22


It may be legal and may be logical for Apple, but from a consumer or app creator's perspective it is greedy, raises the price of everything, and I think leans closely toward what I would consider to be monopolistic practices.


I agree it's greedy and clearly Apple is taking advantage of the amount of control it exercises. But just as you say the developer has the right to do this "In [Their] own app", couldn't it be argued that Apple have the right to put T&Cs on "their own" app store?

It does smack a bit of monopolistic behaviour, however isn't the smart phone market sufficiently competitive for developers to ditch the iOS in favour of Android (hopefully eventually others OSes) if they don't like those T&Cs?

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clintg Member since:
2009-09-19


I agree it's greedy and clearly Apple is taking advantage of the amount of control it exercises. But just as you say the developer has the right to do this "In [Their] own app", couldn't it be argued that Apple have the right to put T&Cs on "their own" app store?

It does smack a bit of monopolistic behaviour, however isn't the smart phone market sufficiently competitive for developers to ditch the iOS in favour of Android (hopefully eventually others OSes) if they don't like those T&Cs?


To clarify my original comments: I think Apple has a right to do what they want and since I am not a lawyer, I really don't know where antitrust issues might come in. They obviously control the closed Iphone market, but they do not control the smartphone market. If app makers are happy to accept the rules, then it is their choice.

I guess my biggest problem with Apple in all of this is the extreme control that Apple exerts over this. I have never appreciated Apple's philosophy of control. I have never understood the fascination people have with a product that gives them little to no control over the product they just purchased (except what Apple chooses to let you do), especially when there are many more choices that give you lots of freedom.

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siraf72 Member since:
2006-02-22

I have never understood the fascination people have with a product that gives them little to no control over the product they just purchased (except what Apple chooses to let you do), especially when there are many more choices that give you lots of freedom.


Ultimately of course this is subjective. But I can only explain as to why i'm willing to pay a premium for this limited freedom - It's a polished product with a better user experience. The price for this is less flexibility/freedom. I value the polished user experience (and build quality and design) more than I do the extra options I get from buying what I consider to be a crappier product (crappier not in terms of hardware or software "features", but in terms of getting things done that I need or want to get done).

With many Apple products you have to own them (or at least use them at length) to get what the big deal is. You really appreciate the attention to detail they offer when you go back to using something else.

I have darwin, freeBSD, and ubuntu on some of my hard drives but I never use them anymore (we do use CentOS in the office though). The freedom to customise those OSes means little to me, the polish and ease of use of OS X to me is worth the price (it helps that the hardware looks great).

Also, let's face it - It's really not that hard to jailbreak the iPhone and do pretty much whatever you want with it.

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