App Store and fragmentation

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by job2, May 30, 2010.

  1. job2 macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2010
    An upcoming fragmentation of App Store? Sure, since the resolution is 960 x 640, devs won't have big problems making their current apps compatible with the new iPhone. However, what's to say new apps only will be made compatible with iPhone 4? iPhone 3G- and 3GS-owner will be forgotten and App Store will get fragmented, just like Android Market. Lovely.

    Edit: And don't forget OS 4 ... The new version of the OS will also lead to an upcoming fragmentation of App Store.
  2. beamer8912 macrumors 65816

    May 30, 2009
    Why will it be fragmented?

    3G and 3GS owners can ugprade to OS 4. The 2G is too old to keep around anyways. 2G owners can easily upgrade. So no fragmentation from the OS.

    As for the resolution, you said yourself its an easy enough fix.

    So I ask again, how will it be fragmented?
  3. job2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2010
    Afaik, 3G will be getting a "slimmer" version of OS 4, so to speak. I'm referring to multi-task etc.

    Easy fix for devs who've got apps in the App Store today. However, I don't know. I'm really asking you guys. Do you think new devs will only release HD-versions their apps, only compatible iPhone 4?
  4. Goaliegeek macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2009
    I don't think resolution will be a problem. Should just be like video games for PC/Mac, PS3, etc. Not like when you play a game you can only play it in 720p, or 1440*900 or whatever. The game scales it to what res you have. I'm no programmer at all, but I'm sure there will be a If 3G, 3GS, then res = (current iphone res) If iphone 4, then res = 960*640.
  5. beamer8912 macrumors 65816

    May 30, 2009
    I don't think any of the features the 3G will be lacking will prevent it from running apps. The hardware differences will (and already have) limit it. But no one really complained about the 3G/3GS divide.

    As far as HD apps go, it doesn't seem like much of a fragmentation will occur. Sure there will be some things iPhone 4G only, but thats the way it goes. It gives consumers a reason to upgrade and opens new doors for developers.

    Plain and simple devs won't make an App that could run on your phone and not release it for your phone. They wouldn't purposefully not release an app for a certain model, that would cripple their possible consumer base.

    You may see apps not available for your phone because you lack the hardware for the app. But that comes with the territory of owning a cell phone. Things get updated, and if you want the latest and greatest apps you need the latest and greatest hardware.

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