James Stoup has a way of cutting through the static surrounding issues and getting to the heart of the matter. The issue James is taking on at Apple Matters? App Store suckiness. The opening paragraph sets up the rest of the article:
I find it ironic in the extreme that Apple, a company whose foundation is built on the idea of selling high quality products, would create a store whose very design kills high quality products.
If you’ve been following the controversy about cheap apps in the App Store you know the problem: How can a company invest in producing an app that will sell for more than a few bucks when that app has to compete against apps that cost .99?
James has a novel solution: set a minimum price for apps and make that minimum $4.99. As a consumer it probably sounds like crazy talk, as a developer it likely sounds like nirvana. As an iPhone user user you’ll be better off if you read the article at Apple Matters.
James Stoup has an interesting piece up at our sister site Apple Matters about the state of the iPhone. No, not about how great or terrible the device is but how much it must chafe Apple to have to partner with others on this project (Apple does not play nicely with peers). From the article:
After all, Apple is nothing if not a control freak. They want to be in direct control of every aspect of the “Apple Experience” and right now they aren’t. As I said before, that doesn’t mean that things aren’t going well, they are, but I refuse to accept that Apple is really satisfied with the current state of things.
It is interesting reading, especially when James wonders how Apple my retake control of the whole enchilada. That something I’d like to see.