On the first day after Apple’s App Killing Update, the general feeling around iPhone specific sites and other mobile / gadget sites is glum, sad, and more than a little ticked off at the (hopefully only temporary) demise of 3rd party applications for the iPhone.
Here’s just a quick selection of what I’ve seen last night and today:
Screw the unlock for a second. Let’s talk about the those third-party apps. Programs like the faux-GPS, IM clients, Flickr Upload, and NES emulator—what did they ever do but make the iPhone far better than the stock original? They made it far more competitive with open-platform superphones like the Nokia N95, to which I will now be switching.
Until then, I guess I’ll just have to console myself with the fact that I can now hit the spacebar twice to type a space and a period. That would be super useful in Instant Messag—oh. Never mind.
Scoble says Apple may have a PR nightmare brewing – he said this initially because of updates ‘bricking’ phones (including his son’s) – but I think the PR hit still applies now because of the way the app killing is being received. If so, that would be two PR disasters in about a month. Nice going.
And many others are not optimistic that developers will find a way past Apple’s new lockdown very quickly – with several pointing out that nobody has yet produced a jailbreak for the iPod Touch.
I didn’t do the update yesterday, more out of luck than anything else (had things I had to get done during the first few hours after it was released), and I’m so glad of that now – but I still feel as if today is a sad day overall.
Here’s hoping all this doom and gloom will subside in a few days or weeks, and that third party application development will continue and gain some overdue support from Apple …