SDK Beta Period App Duplication Effect

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by CommodityFetish, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. CommodityFetish macrumors regular


    May 31, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    It will be funny and sad when June rolls around and it turns out that each application niche (word processor, spreadsheet, IM, sudoku game, etc) has hundreds of contenders basically duplicating each other, providing the same functionality, all being released at the same time.

    Like everyone showing up to the party wearing the same outfit! :eek: :D

    A bit of an unprecedented situation to have a new platform with all this pent-up interest. No time for slow organic growth with new apps responding and improving upon existing apps. Instead a mad dash growth spurt as everyone rushes into the door to try and out-do the others out of the gate.

    Could make for a lot of duplicated/wasted effort, and a big rubish bin of 1st gen apps that were outdone from the get-go. Maybe someone should start a registry or some sort of way for developers to know what others are doing, and for the open-source devs to collaborate... (maybe someone already has?)

    Just some thoughts...
  2. JBaker122586 macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007

    Same thing can happen with the release of any new OS.
    Developers had a Leopard SDK months before its release. I know it's a bit different, but it's just like it was with the original OSX I'm sure.
    Besides, competition breeds excellence. Good for the end consumer.
  3. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I think this will actually be a good thing. Not only will it instill the competitive spirit between developers, but since Apple is regulating what goes into the store, it'll give them a wide variety of similar apps from which to choose the best option. This will ensure that we WON'T have a bunch of mediocre first gen apps.
  4. waterskier2007 macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2007
    Novi, MI
    agreed. it will greatly increase the caliber of apps that we get. the op's post is really invalid because apple approves the apps, so the app store wont be flooded with tons of the same apps, and the end user wont have to search through multiple apps to find the best one
  5. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Anybody get accepted as a $99 developer yet, btw?

    Just got a notice from Apple that they were still only taking a few.

    Wonder how many will lose interest...

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