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“My decision to stop iPhone development has had everything to do with Apple’s policies.” – Joe Hewitt

In the early days of social networking, the dominant player was MySpace. As time went by, MySpace was joined by other players like Facebook and Twitter. MySpace has since lost the top position in the social networking world to Facebook.

In October, traffic numbers for September 2009 for social networking sites came in and Facebook had over 300 million users, pushing MySpace to second place in user numbers. One of the things that Facebook users on the iPhone enjoy and that contributed to the user numbers is the Facebook iPhone app, which is the most popular app on the App Store.

The developer that built the Facebook app for the iPhone has quit development for the iPhone and passed the app off to another engineer at Facebook. TechCrunch reports that Facebook App developer Joe Hewitt is still at Facebook and is simply working on new projects.

Exactly what projects the Hewitt is working on are unknown. As for the reason why the developer stopped developing for the iPhone, the reason is clear. Hewitt said, "My decision to stop iPhone development has had everything to do with Apple’s policies." Hewitt says that he is "philosophically opposed" to the existence of a review process and that he is worried Apple's policy might be implemented by other companies seeking to mimic Apple's App store success.

Apple has been under increasing scrutiny for its practices of approving and disapproving apps that are seemingly haphazardly enforced. Apple has found itself in hot water with the FCC after the FCC asked AT&T and Apple to explain why they rejected Google Voice from the App Store.

One particularly tough question the FCC posed to the AT&T and Apple was, "Do any devices that operate on AT&T’s network allow use of the Google Voice application? Do any devices that operate on AT&T’s network allow use of other applications that have been rejected for the iPhone."

Despite Hewitt's stepping away form iPhone development for Facebook, the social networking giant still has people working on its iPhone application. Perhaps the action by a high profile developer will spur others to speak out about the Apple app approval process.



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RE: If you don't like Ts & Cs...
By Tony Swash on 11/12/2009 10:48:26 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
...as a consumer, don't buy the product.

...as a developer, don't support the product.


Obviously nobody is listening to you as Apple have sold 50 million phones, 2 billion apps and have a library of over 100,000 apps currently running on the iPhone platform.

So Apple seems to be doing something right - or least a hell of lot better than any of their competitors. I have never submitted an app to Apple so I have no first hand experience of what that experience is like but it does seem obvious to me that the whole App Store project has been hugely more successful than anyone seems to have foreseen (other than perhaps his Steveness) and the sheer scale of the app phenomenon has taken a lot catching up with in terms of systems and management however if I had to choose the problems of success or the problems of failure I think I would take the former.

It does seem to me that the various problems and irritations of the app store system are a result of the scale of its success. Only time will tell if Apple can iron out these problems or if the app store concept is somehow flawed. At this point in time it looks to be one of the great success stories of the tech world so I see no reason for Apple to abandon it and every reason to retain and improve. It will be interesting to see if the android platform(s) can match the app store in terms of scale and success - I suspect not but time will tell.


RE: If you don't like Ts & Cs...
By Bateluer on 11/12/2009 11:00:19 AM , Rating: 2
Where has Apple sold 50 million iPhones? That's a lot of phones for a company that doesn't even make the top 5 list by market share.

http://www.rcrwireless.com/article/20081030/WIRELE...


RE: If you don't like Ts & Cs...
By cplusplus on 11/12/2009 11:00:12 AM , Rating: 2
I think they might mean iPhones + iPod Touches, in which case that number sounds about right.


RE: If you don't like Ts & Cs...
By AshT on 11/12/09, Rating: 0
RE: If you don't like Ts & Cs...
By Alexstarfire on 11/13/2009 6:00:35 AM , Rating: 2
No, you just fail to realize that the smartphone market isn't the whole cell phone market.


RE: If you don't like Ts & Cs...
By AshT on 11/13/2009 6:02:22 AM , Rating: 2
Ah you're right there, I forgot about all the cheap phones these companies pump out.


RE: If you don't like Ts & Cs...
By The0ne on 11/12/2009 11:26:36 AM , Rating: 2
I actually don't view a huge zombie craze following as a success; this is just a personal view. Of course, we have this in every nuke and cranny of course. What it comes down to is what you're willing to live with; y'know, kinda like the interviews with the tea party supporters...absolutely no clue why they are there and what they are doing but cheering all the way.

There's a good reason why faboy-ism exists. It exists because those type of consumers refuse to accept any other type of whatever whether it is that would/could be beneficial. That's a blind eye, zombie craze follower in my view :) That is not to say Apple hasn't done right, it's just that some people are on the bandwagon because they just want to be on it hahahah


RE: If you don't like Ts & Cs...
By AshT on 11/12/2009 11:28:23 AM , Rating: 1
Ah ok, so you're not just following the Apple-bashing crowd then?

Which Apple products have you been using and don't like?


RE: If you don't like Ts & Cs...
By erple2 on 11/12/2009 5:55:20 PM , Rating: 2
Curious. I'd measure a zombie craze following making your company billions of dollars in profits a definite success. It's a marketing and financial success, at least.

Ultimately, it boils down to Apple's internal policies - they very much want to control not just the devices but the far less tangible brand image. I can understand and agree with their stance on a well-defined and well-understood vetting process for approving Apps for the App Store.

While I don't (and I'd bet everyone here) know is what are the criteria used for that vetting process. As long as Apple is internally consistent with what they approve and what they don't approve, I don't have a problem with it.

Apple again is protecting their brand image. They have certain quality standards that they want to portray in their products, and as a result, they have a vested interest in what is shown on their product.

I suppose that's the downside of marketing a brand and not just a tool.


"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer














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