Proving yet again that Apple often leads and then others follow, a number of consumer electronics makers are taking a page from the iPhone’s wildly popular App Store in an effort to reinvent the television.
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.