App Store: Greatest. Idea. Ever.
Okay, maybe not greatest idea ever. But this is why I jumped to the iPhone. The innovation.
Visual Voicemail is pure genius. Voicemail is actually tolerable now! Coverflow is flippin' sweet. And now the App Store? What better outlet than that?
Do you think we'll see other phone-makers create an App Store? Actually, can they even do that? I know other phone-makers don't have the same relationship Apple & AT&T have with one another, so I wonder if that freedom will extend to RIM, Palm, WinMob, etc.
It's funny that the dearth of 3rd party applications was the biggest deal breaker for 'switchers'. And now, the iPhone will probably have the most fluid and seamless in adding 3rd party apps.
- 06-07-2008, 08:04 PM #2
- 06-08-2008, 09:31 AM #3
- 06-12-2008, 10:58 PM #4
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- 07-03-2008, 09:12 PM #6
I have to say, I owned Palm devices for a long time, and I have a BB Curve right now, and I hate having to go all over the internet searching for programs. As long as it gets set to be the standard of iPhone software distribution, it should be awesome. Don't remember all the details but *if I remember right*, Jobs said they're not going to charge developers anything to put their apps on the store, so there's really no reason not to use it.
- 07-03-2008, 10:21 PM #7
- 07-04-2008, 09:33 AM #8
As a developer, you have to think of the possibilities...
Unlike Windows Mobile or BlackBerry, the App Store makes for one safe and secure repository to download and purchase software. And because it's going to be on every legitimate iPhone and iPod Touch out there, the exposure is guaranteed.
If there are going to be as much as 15 million iPhones activated and in use by the end of 2008, not even including iPod Touches, imagine a single program you write and price at only $0.99 to $4.99. Even at $1.99, all you need to do is sell 718,000 copies of your program to an audience of 15 million people, and you've become a millionaire after Apple's cut (but before Uncle Sam's take).
I created a few applications for Windows Mobile, only to find out that it ended up on some Chinese warez forum zipped up with a keygen that some cracker made. That, plus the fact that sites like PocketGear and Handango took as much as 50% of the cost, I hardly sold enough to make it worth the effort of developing the program.
App Store wraps the software with FairPlay DRM, there's no other distribution point, so it has to be purchased through the site, and it's locked down to the device or user that purchased it. No need to create your own copy protection mechanism.
That being said, I'm proud to have finished and uploaded my first iPhone application to the App Store. I'll keep the details under wraps, since it's still pre-launch time, but based on my personal instinct that this program could sell well if priced right and that I have enough faith in Apple's distribution system, I decided to sell it for App Store's lowest price of $0.99.
Cross your fingers and let's watch the royalties roll in.
- 07-04-2008, 04:02 PM #9
Another huge advantage of the app store is the fact that they're selling to customers who are familiar with paying through iTunes. I'd assume any sort of iTunes gift cards would give you credit towards the app store as well, and anyone who'd ever bought music from iTunes already has an account, and on top of that maybe their credit card info stored. Buying apps for my Palm devices was annoying, because you had to sign up on website after website depending on who sold the application and you were pretty much forced to pay by credit card. For the iPhone App Store, with one login and the possibility of using gift cards which you can buy anywhere for cash, I imagine it's going to be simply easier and quicker and that's going to make a difference too.
- 07-05-2008, 12:14 PM #10
- 07-06-2008, 02:10 AM #11
You'll have to let us know next week if your app is on the site at launch (geez how is Apple going go through and test that many apps that quickly???).
I'd love to know what individuals, rather than media conglomerates, built.
- 07-06-2008, 02:17 AM #12
- 07-06-2008, 09:36 AM #13
Yes, the new iPhone 2.0 firmware will be applied to both the iPhone and the iPhone 3G. Both will have all the new software features, such as Microsoft Exchange, MobileMe, Scientific Calculator, Contacts with Search, App Store, etc. Ther only difference is that the iPhone 3G will have 3G, GPS, and additional battery life.
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