As someone who have a promising app in the app store, this article perfectly well touched on what I have been experiencing too.
As an example we had an issue with some new service Apple have introduced in Yosemite which gave some of my users an annoying gear icon. The way it acted clearly was an error on Apples behalf but when we contacted their support they basically insinuated that if we found a way around it by advising our users on how to circumvent it, our app might be removed from the app store.
Now mind you this was an app that was approved by the their reviewers and after we already had changed it because of the limitations the Sandbox put on us to after being rejected.
I was contemplating whether I should respond to that mail from the technicians but decided against it out of fear for getting into an argument with them.
This experience have been an epiphany for me and I realized something very important.
The products might be ours but the store is Apples. So instead of seeing it as my shop i now think about it as shelf space in a Wallmart store and will be starting to sell directly from my own website from next week.
The app store is great if you do simple products or entertainment but it's horrible if you are trying to actually push the boundaries a little or are trying to build tools for other creators.
The sad part is that when Apple introduced the Mac app store I remember a lot of people being against it. I now understand why.
It's sad really but thats the reality we now live in. It's the price of being the aggregated not the aggregator. I understand apple want to keep the store safe from viruses and other black hat trick but it leaves no room for building a relationship with the customers for the "good guys"
Anyway sorry for the long rant but the article really hit a nerve.
well put. the app store economy has been horrible tangent for software development. let's end this nonsense and get back to the open web.
Eli, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog for the last couple of weeks. Keep it up!
Very interesting read, thanks.
Thanks for summarizing the situation so well. Quite a clusterf**k we indie developers are in. And no way out in sight.
Whoa.. this is scary stuff actually. Totally #BigBrother status
I agree that there’s a fear of the repercussions for publishing Apple critiques, but I thought the article had a very resentful and spiteful tone that went well beyond the scope of the issue, so I decided to check out the rest of the blog. Sure enough, this guy is seriously pissed about iOS 7+ and the death of what he calls "the dimensional aesthetic” and "expressive interface art”.
Eli, I admire your persistence, you must really be convinced in order to stick so vehemently to your guns, but come on, dude. Humanity is just figuring out this whole UI design thing, and we’re learning as we explore. Please don’t get so stressed over visual trends. Or do, if you really think it matters.