"How Apple’s Apps Topped Rivals
in the App Store It Controls", Sept 9, 2019
Or is it the death of a thousand cuts, where each product manager thinks "ah, just this one time won't hurt"?
So as a individual you can decide to buy an Android but as a business sometimes(maybe most of the time ?) you can't decide not to support iOS or Android, you have to support both.
Have you? I haven't.
> Aren't they worried about alienating developers and decreasing the value of the platform?
I think Twitter is a perfect counterexample here; roughly every three years it pulls something that should completely alienate the developers and destroy the platform, but after the first wave of "omg Twitter's new TOS destroys my business" articles falls off the news cycle, developers decide to stay and keep playing that game.
It turns out the allure of making money on someone else's established platform is very strong.
I sometimes wonder what the iOS ecosystem would look like if Apple took stewardship of the App Store seriously. If developers weren’t constantly under threat of some bogus copycat app or IP theft from Apple, what would that do the app ecosystem? It’s hard to see how it would hurt Apple, but perhaps I’m blind to the downsides.
How many people do you think ditched their iPhones when Spotify published their antitrust complaint towards Apple? And Spotify is a huge company itself.
Anything you can do, the platform owner can do better, and this is particularly true in Apple’s case.
But Android’s App Store isn’t any better IMO, and if Apple put effort into drawing talent towards their mobile ecosystem and letting them flourish without being worried about Apple screwing them, they might be better off overall.
Their strategy of ratcheting up phone prices isn’t sustainable and they’re losing users to cheaper phones with similar specs. The relative parity (and lack of quality) between both app stores doesn’t help them, and improving the app ecosystem could help, but idk.
Isn't this called "competition", and isn't the scope of protections you're seeking covered under trademark law?
Right back to the Microsoft-Windows business model from the 1990s.
What’s not fair is to completely disengage from someone’s area of reasoning to pick a more favorable ground. I see this all the time.
“This is immoral!” “Who cares? It’s legal.”
“This is illegal!” “Who cares? Take your business elsewhere.”
“These are terrible business terms!” “Who cares? It’s moral.”
Applications stores are public markets and should be regulated as such.
Apple wants to have its cake and eat it to (have a non-neutral platform that favors only them while implying the platform is neutral to their money cows).
It's no different than Standard Oil giving itself preferential shipment prices on the rails. This is text-book anti-competitive behavior.
So yes, in a regulated environment where monopolistic tactics are supposed to be verboten, we are supposed to have a right to at least be on equal standing with Apple's own apps.
Starbucks coffee shops give preferential treatment to Starbucks products, and not to others. Can you claim a similar right to have access to sell your goods through their stores?
You're also moving the goal post. This particular issue isn't about access to the store at all, it's about Apple giving itself preferential treatment.
When does the thing someone created become a public good with rights to equal access?
If you spent months or years developing an app and apple reject it, you have no way to go. You can’t make it android or web without significant rework. Even if it is accepted, it might get sherlocked by Apple in WWDC. Not to mention your app could break every year at this time round when new iOS is released.
This is the risk of an indie iOS developers and the risk have not lessen over the years.
Here one heartbreaking post from an indie developer:
The DOJ isn't a subtle instrument and there are a lot of up-and-comers gunning for this (yelp, for example, was part of the group that lobbied margrethe vestager to take down G in europe)
The investigations that are coming into the tech cos will going to be like gladiatorial combat. It will be like the microsoft hearings combined with the kavanaugh confirmation combined with the mel brooks passion movie