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iPhone App Store Rejects Find a New Home 152

eldavojohn writes "A new site called App Rejections (somewhat slashdotted already) aims to provide a home for misfit apps. With Apple offering no documents or discussions on the matter of application rejections, this site might become a popular place to pick forbidden fruit. Could a third party horn in on Apple's monopoly in the iPhone application market?"
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iPhone App Store Rejects Find a New Home

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  • No (Score:5, Informative)

    by jschottm ( 317343 ) on Sunday November 29, 2009 @03:25AM (#30259690)

    Not that the linked site appears to have much if anything to do with breaking the monopoly. The vast majority of iPhone apps are very inexpensive, so the only hope of making anything above hobby money as a developer is to be part of the Apple marketplace that offers tens of millions of potential customers. Not to mention the suspicion that people who jailbreak phones are likely to know how to pirate software as well, making them a less desirable market as well.

    The site provides another forum to attempt to get Apple to reform its ways and to try to help each other figure out the sometimes murky meaning of the rejections. There's no revolution there. Until someone provides a real threat to Apple's hardware/software iPhone platform, it has no real motivation to mend its relationship with developers.

    That said, karmic payoff may just bite them once there's that alternative.

  • by zblack_eagle ( 971870 ) on Sunday November 29, 2009 @03:29AM (#30259710)

    "iPhone App Store Reject Stories Find a Home". Actual rejected apps are not available there, nor necessarily anywhere else.

  • by rossdee ( 243626 ) on Sunday November 29, 2009 @03:55AM (#30259748)

    Yeah thats what I thought when I read the title, that someone had written an app for 'finding a new home' and that apple had rejected it, maybe because of pressure from real etate companies.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 29, 2009 @05:44AM (#30259994)
    The story was posted by kdawson, so no, the editor did not read it. He is by far the worst editor on Slashdot and yet they refuse to get rid of him.
  • Re:No (Score:4, Informative)

    by JimmyPorter ( 1689104 ) on Sunday November 29, 2009 @08:35AM (#30260642)
    The evidence from developers who have tracked apps which contact a server is that the vast majority of copies of iPhone games are pirated. And all the pirate copies are on Jailbroken phones. This doesn't imply that all jailbreakers pirate software. But it does mean that developers have good reason to be wary of the market.
  • by mdwh2 ( 535323 ) on Sunday November 29, 2009 @09:51AM (#30261000) Journal

    You are conflating the definition of "open". Here we are discussing the ability to run applications, without corporate approval. You can do that on Linux. You can do that on Windows. Hell, Apple even allow you to do that on OS X, so evidently they don't have a problem with "quality control" there!

    And if you want to talk about market share and being open, 95+% of mobile phones let you run "apps" from anywhere, and under 5% of them don't.

    Note that the games consoles work like that because the hardware company make money from the games, and in some cases sell the consoles themselves at a lower price accordingly (similarly for printers and ink). So is it the case that developers have to pay lots of money to Apple, and the Iphone is accordingly cheaper than other phones? (I know there's the $99 one off fee, but it's not clear that this is really enough to lower the Iphone price, which is towards the expensive ends of phones anyway - for consoles, the development costs can be in the region of thousands, IIRC.)

    And nevermind what works, what would we rather? Do you want a world where portable computers are only available like games consoles, or ones that operate like ordinary computers today?

  • Utter tripe. (Score:3, Informative)

    by mjwx ( 966435 ) on Sunday November 29, 2009 @10:41AM (#30261296)

    There you go again with that "hype" word. Actually Apple is so respected for their ability to innovate that they benefit strongly from the word-of-mouth you speak of. The iPhone made the cover of Time magazine, as the "best invention of the year", total cost to Apple: Zero. The Steve was named by Fortune magazine as the CEO of the decade. Cost: Zero. Those represent the top of a mountain of free press coverage that Google simply cannot match. So of course their strategy is different; but not by choice.

    Case in point.

    You've just demonstrated the dictionary definition of hype.

    7.4 million units sold in Q3 2009. That is roughly twice the number of units sold running Windows Mobile, and dangerously close to the number of BlackBerries sold in the same time frame. Explain your usage of the phrase "not selling much".

    What does "roughly twice" mean on the planet where you're from. The numbers tell an entirely different story [engadget.com] with Winmo outstripping Iphone by 2 to 1.

    Explain how.

    I did that before, not my fault you missed it but here it is again. Everyone who wants an iphone pretty much has one by now. They are no longer a new thing thus demand falls.

    And this is exactly why RIM and Nokia _are_ worried.

    What you call worried, the industry calls Business As Usual, the iphone doesn't scare RIM or Winmo. It scares the likes of the LG Shine as this is the audience its competing for. The iphone sales rise and fall with the amount of marketing released for it.

    After reading this tripe I have to wonder weather you're either a very clever troll or truly ignorant.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 29, 2009 @10:42AM (#30261302)

    No, of course the editor did not read the article, and doesn't understand the subject under discussion. It's kdawson, who has shown every indication of being either nearly illiterate or is actively trying to sabotage Slashdot's already meager quality. If you read a posted summary that completely mis-states what an article is about, or you read a summary that betrays a total lack of understanding of the subject -- chances are it's a kdawson joint.

    They guy's a moron, I'm sorry to say.

  • Re:Utter tripe. (Score:3, Informative)

    by garote ( 682822 ) on Sunday November 29, 2009 @11:07AM (#30261452) Homepage

    What does "roughly twice" mean on the planet where you're from. The numbers tell an entirely different story [engadget.com] with Winmo outstripping Iphone by 2 to 1.

    Hey dumbass: Your link points to an article written almost TWO YEARS AGO, and the statistic it gives is for SIX MONTHS, not a quarter.

  • by sznupi ( 719324 ) on Sunday November 29, 2009 @12:28PM (#30261940) Homepage

    Small nitpicking: Nokia has 50% of smartphone market ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartphone [wikipedia.org] ).

    And as a side note - they will grow big time, IMHO. They're pushing Symbian more and more towards the dominant mobile phone platform of this planet, the Nokia S40 (well, ok, they're selling lots of S30 too, perhaps more). They are the only ones with a product for this segment - cheap, reliable candybars, not that much different from what majority of their market is already using. Most smartphone makers even don't want to enter that market, with only one claiming it does want a slice (Android), but I yet to see anything which supports that claim... (there are NO cheap Android phones, and none upcoming; all are devices with large touchscreens, nowhere near $100 without contract)

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