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08-11-2008, 03:13 AM #1
60 million downloads, $30 million, 30 days - AppStore ain't too shabby.
In an article running in todays Wall Street Journal – WSJ says the article is on page B1 if you wanna follow along with that paper copy of yours, but if you're reading it online why would you want to know the page number, you crazy crazy paper publication you – Steve Jobs sat down with Nick Wingfield to chat about the AppStore. Its been a huge success, averaging $1 million in sales daily. For the past month, that's over $20 million paid out to developers (well, when the checks start rolling out), and a cool $9 million for Apple in 30 days. That's $694.44 a minute, and WSJ notes that by Stevey's calculations this could easily become a $360 million revenue per year business for Apple.
This thing's going to crest a half a billion, soon. Who knows, maybe it will be a $1 billion marketplace at some point in time. I've never seen anything like this in my career for software.
The backdoor kill switch rumored about, designed to killall any malicious app from the comfort of Steve's desk in Cupertino, which was discovered by iPhone hacker extraordinaire Jonathan Zdziarski just a few days ago, has been confirmed by Jobs himself,
Jobs confirmed such a capability exists, but argued that Apple needs it in case it inadvertently allows a malicious program -- one that stole users' personal data, for example -- to be distributed to iPhones through the App Store. "Hopefully we never have to pull that lever, but we would be irresponsible not to have a lever like that to pull."
Prefecace to the next paragraph: MMi does not support warez the contact was made to investigate the reach of the backdoor only.
I checked in with one of the iPhone app cracking websites and none of the apps they've installed have hit the list, possibly because there may not be a way of differentiating between legit apps and warez. I bring this up only in hopes to illustrate that Apple, at the moment, isn't actively using the list at all, for any purpose other than a safety net.
The Wall Street Journal (have to pay for it so no direct link) via Google News (link to article)
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08-11-2008, 12:27 PM #2
There are some developers making a LOT of money off this - what a cash cow.
It really is making a huge push for the iPhone, not as much now as a device, but as a platform. People will be wanting the iPhone so they can get Frogger, or tune their guitar on the go, or have a trumpet in their pocket, or a keyboard.... smooth move, Jobs..
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08-11-2008, 12:47 PM #3
Wow. Lots of Cash Just got made. 60 million download i cant belive that in just 30 days
08-11-2008, 01:04 PM #4
I'm going to just be patient and wait for the Installer to build up to the point where it makes the "app" store look like ****.
08-11-2008, 01:21 PM #5
MMi has writers now? How about editors or proof-readers?
That 'article' was painfulTo live, you have to lie
08-11-2008, 01:51 PM #6
In all seriousness though, would people appreciate post that would read more like if you'd read the WSJ/other news outlet yourself?
08-11-2008, 02:01 PM #7
08-11-2008, 02:13 PM #8
I personally think that Nullriver/RiP Dev waited too long to get an update out to users, also the complete overhaul seems a bit unnecessary – the last version 3.x was great as far as design and usability was concerned. I think they should've refined their package system and ironed out some bugs, not scrapped it and put out this beta. Cydia has become the default jb app client, even if only out of necessity, and a very powerful, feature rich, easy to use and customizable one at that.
I agree with you that the AppStore is a brilliant idea, but there are a lot of limitations from a development stand point – we are still going to need another solution until Apple unshackles developers and lets them out of the sandbox.
08-11-2008, 02:24 PM #9
i can live with out appstore..... if cydia and installer are arround....
* Most of the apps/games are 99c which everyone can pay, even me who lives in so called "3rd world".*
no all have access to that currency....
08-11-2008, 02:34 PM #10
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08-11-2008, 02:53 PM #11
Please installer and cydia were around way before the so called app store as far as i am concern apple stole the idea from the hacking community. Open Source to Commercial and thats the way its always been for alot of great ideas in the world of computers...Peace out
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08-11-2008, 03:28 PM #12
Apple is notorious for doing this – Dashboard and CoverFlow are both examples. I never used the original Dashboard, in fact I can't even remember what the original name was, it starts with a "k" I know that, but CoverFlow is something I think Apple has done really really well integrating into Mac OSX and the CocoaTouch iPhone OS and upgrading it into something much more powerful. For those of you that don't know what the history of CoverFlow, it was an album art browsing application that linked to your iTunes library. It had some really incredible features like auto updating albums without artwork from Amazon and a few other places. Apple bought it outright a few years ago. I still have the original .app and use it from time to time instead of iTunes or FrontRow when I have people over.
08-11-2008, 04:12 PM #13
So far there is nothing in terms of customization from the app store which is very disappointing......Cydia/Installer still have a massive role to play in the future, though I am looking forward to what the developers can bring in the next 6 months via app store.
08-11-2008, 04:27 PM #14
nothing like over priced apps
08-11-2008, 04:39 PM #15
It is my understanding that there will not be any kind of customization coming to the AppStore. Part of the sandbox of the AppStore is and application not being able to modify any part of the operating system or even other applications. Unless Apple makes an exception for an app to do this you will never see one. Cydia and Installer will continue to play a large role in the iPhone community.
08-11-2008, 05:25 PM #16
I think some people are going to miss the point... As a developer, unless my app is in one of the forbidden genres (such as network tether, UI customizer, console emulators etc), I would be targeting App Store. Seriously, what percentage of iPhone users will be on a jailbroken iPhone? Why would I want to park my app in the iPhone equivalent of Siberia?
Installer and Cydia are great and I appreciate all the wonderful apps I was able to install pre-2.0 but I can see them in the future as nothing more than a dumping ground for Summerboard/Winterboard themes and ROMS for SNES. Any app of substance will be found in the app store.
Why is an app that is "free" on App Store now commercial? Apples (no pun here) and oranges are being compared... Open Source does not depend on the distribution platform. As long as the application is free and the source is available then it doesn't matter where it is hosted. How many open source apps were on Installer and Cydia pre 2.0 days? Actually not many at all. Just because it's free doesn't mean it's Open Source either...
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08-11-2008, 05:58 PM #17
Also, since Im not interested in customization nor emulators on my iPhone, I dont miss those kind of apps at all...What I really miss on FW 2.01 is SwirlyMMS, which should be available soon...
I also agree with imode69 comments above...
08-11-2008, 06:48 PM #18
All I have to say is their will always be hacking ... anything
08-11-2008, 07:05 PM #19
Installer and Cydia will be a place for hacked games and apps and Customisation themes and apps. For me... thats all gravy. Long life installer and cydia! lol.
But if I was an honest guy, appstore has done pretty well.
08-11-2008, 07:18 PM #20
Cydia and Installer is the way to go believe in the community!!