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In a follow-up on his post earlier this week about the stupid App Store rejection of the latest update to the eWallet app, Marc at Ilium Software has got a great post up today that talks about why all of these crazy and illogical App Store decisions don ‘t just affect affect developers but ultimately have a negative impact on all of us as users.

Here ‘s just one of the examples of this that Marc offers up:

No Features For You!
Apple is preventing you, as a consumer, from getting upgrades and features you deserve. Right now, users of eWallet can ‘t use Copy & Paste because Apple delayed our update over an icon.

And here ‘s perhaps the most worrying of all the reasons given:

Too Risky for Good Products
Illogical, petty, and ever changing acceptance requirements will cause developers to think twice before making a major investment in an iPhone application. If you don ‘t know whether your app will even get in, you reduce your initial investment to protect yourself. That means you, as a consumer, end up with apps that don ‘t hold a candle to what a developer might have risked in a more stable environment.

I ‘m sure the makers of those accepted and then later banned Google Voice apps would heartily agree with this last point, and unfortunately probably many other developers who ‘ve suffered from the crazy inconsistency and lack of clear guidelines within the whole App Store review process.

Right now, it seems to me that the iPhone App Store is so far ahead of others that Apple is getting away with huge arrogance in this whole area “ but they won ‘t always be able to, and Marc ‘s comment above shows the risk they ‘re running by continuing to drop the ball in this area.

I ‘ve talked to Marc quite a few times about these subjects, and I agree with him that Apple has done so many things so right on the App Store “ so these crazy, stupid parts of their handling of it are made all the more frustrating.

I hope that recent ‘interventions ‘ by Phil Schiller are a sign that Apple is beginning to focus more on the App Store, and will be making genuine efforts to address some of these issues.  They need to be, soon.

Check out Marc ‘s full post HERE for more of his reasons why this stuff is ‘our ‘ problem too.

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  • Niklas

    Agreed, what apple is doing is not going to work in the long run. Well, at least I hope so.