It would seem that Apple’s App Store has everything going for it — millions of rabid iPhone and iPod touch users, over 100,000 apps (and counting) and tens of thousands of developers eager to keep their virtual shelves stocked. So why are so many respected developers starting to flee?
In case anyone needs further evidence of just how hot Apple’s iPhone is around the world, Belgian newspaper De Standaard reports today on the theft of nearly 4,000 iPhones from CEVA Logistics, a distribution company with a warehouse in Willebroek.
With all of the bleak economic news in today’s headlines, there is one hot industry that seems to be bucking the trend — Apple’s infamous iPhone App Store. The proof of this lies in a recent Wall Street Journal piece detailing a veritable mini-invasion of App Store developers into San Francisco’s Bay Area, even as other industries in the area are cutting back.
9to5Mac today cites a recent Strand Consulting report putting the spotlight on iPhone warranty risks for European carriers. The dilemma? A European law demanding a two-year product guarantee for all consumer electronics buyers, where Apple’s free warranty is for one year only.
While chipmalker Qualcomm would love to have something up and running
that Apple could put in their phones ready for Verizon's CDMA network
and AT&T's UMTS network, an industry analyst says "not so fast."
First it was the absence of a way to develop software at all that frustrated developers after the iPhone debuted in 2007. But that’s nothing compared to the irritation some developers are feeling now about the ever-popular App Store.