AppleInsider has a rumour about Apple trying to get developers to charge for applications they release on the AppStore for OS X iPhone devices.
As is often the case, some reactions are more interesting than the article.
Wanted to add a comment but I’m getting tired of sites which use their own authentication (instead of OpenID), so I thought I’d use Diigo to comment on the discussion. I’m sure other comments are being added "as we speak," but the conversation is veering off into trolling so I stopped.
As I read those comments, I kept thinking about DemiForce‘s Trism and about one of my own posts about no-cost software.
Other random notes about the AppStore.
- If the store is built appropriately, it can give a lot of exposure to developers who may then capitalize on their work.
- I’m still hoping that there will eventually be a way to have customized AppStores for universities and other institutions.
- The AppStore process does exclude FLOSS, at least in principle.
- It’s quite likely that some developers for OS X iPhone will also develop for OS X Leopard.
- Some OS X iPhone applications are likely meant to accompany a service or a desktop application, say with synchronization.
So, commenting on the AppleInsider discussion…