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?
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.
Most developers have reacted to Apple’s new review process with a mostly positive slant — after all, any news is good news when it comes to the App Store, right? Maybe not, says VoiceCentral developer Riverturn in a recent blog.
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.
Apple’s iPhone Developer Program has rejected an app that allows people to contact their elected U.S. senators and representatives because the app “ridicules public figures,” according to a rejection letter posted by the artist.
There is a lot of noise about Apple's mythical tablet being some kind
of idealized electronic reader (the Kindle killer). But right now, some print
publishers (apart from Amazon) are getting in on the ground floor.
While none of the offerings are currently the newest material in their
catalog, Marvel Comics is partnering with some app developers for the
iPhone to bring comics to the small screen. If the sampling is any
indication of how well comics can be done on a 3.5-inch screen, I can
hardly wait for Apple to bust out the 10.7-inch tablet.