Monday, April 12, 2010

Slow Death Of The iPhone Platform

Yes your heard right, the iPhone platform is going to die a very slow painful death all thanks to its own maker: Apple

Picture an entrepreneur that got an idea for a new fantastic mobile application, off course that person want to target all mobile platforms to archive the greater market place: Android, Symbian (J2ME/C++ whatever the tool), Blackberry, Windows Mobile/Phone 7 and the iPhone.

So the person might get individual quotes for each platform but because the iPhone is such a close environment the developers that can target that platform will off course charge much more for development so because development for all the other platforms are reasonable they might decide that its then not worth targeting the iPhone... Note that even if they do accept the quote there are still all the issues where Apple reject applications to the AppStore sometimes for every stupid bizarre reasons.

15 comments:

_sithu_ said...

From what I've read, I'm led to conclude that Apple's vetting process for apps is very opaque and it is hard to get any kind of feedback if one is kicked out (pretty much like Google Adsense if some reports are to be believed).

Having said the above, I doubt that iPhone as a target platform is going anywhere. It should be around for a very long time. Maybe Palm ought to worry as they'd surely croak first. They gatecrashed the mobile OS party with Palm OS, people were like oh this is cool, turned around and got back to worshiping iPhone.

Ewald Horn said...

While the iPhone does have it's followers, you have to look at the bigger picture as well : Business investment into smartphone applications is something every mobile phone developer has to consider. Do you think BlackBerry would have gotten anywhere with their ugly phones and silly keyboards (I have one, I know) if they didn't make provision for the business side of things?

Companies are running admin tasks of these phones, and the same app works well for Nokia, Samsung and LG phones with little, if any, tweaking. All of this because of Java support.

Apple must be careful to not become an island, an isolated island where things might be pretty, but the bottom line is more expensive, requires more investment and more support. Companies are looking to save money, and having a special development team just for iPhone users is a bit of a waste if you can have a team that can target multiple platforms with only slight modifications for each device.

Have a look at efforts like JavaRosa etc. and tell me how closed platforms like the iPhone are of benefit to anyone? Can you load custom applications on your iPhone easily, as with most other devices? These are the questions companies will be asking and the answers have an impact on the adoption of the platform for business use.

Dries said...

Surprise, Surprise: Opera Mini iPhone App Gets Apple’s Stamp Of Approval

Read more: http://techcrunch.com/2010/04/12/surprise-surprise-opera-mini-iphone-app-gets-apples-stamp-of-approval/#ixzz0lQmsygcy

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