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He doesn't have to submit anything to Apple.

He can program his heart out for the rest of his life and never get near Apple (other than to pay $99/year for updated SDKs and certificates), building, downloading and running thousands of his own apps, entirely independently of the rest of the world. If he wants to share it with his friends (up to 100), he can.

I really don't understand the hate here.

The hate is because it doesn't make it right. You're just saying that it's not so bad.

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