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11-13-2009, 07:59 AM #1
Facebook for iPhone App Developer Quits, Blaming Apple
Joe Hewitt, the programmer behind the most popular offering on the iTunes App Store, is moving back to being a web developer, and cites Apple's review process as the reason he wants to stop working on apps. Hewitt had tweeted that he is quitting development on the Facebook for iPhone app, and told TechCrunch that Apple's "gatekeeper" approach to the App Store was entirely responsible for his decision to quit.
My decision to stop iPhone development has had everything to do with Apple’s policies. I respect their right to manage their platform however they want, however I am philosophically opposed to the existence of their review process. I am very concerned that they are setting a horrible precedent for other software platforms, and soon gatekeepers will start infesting the lives of every software developer.
The web is still unrestricted and free, and so I am returning to my roots as a web developer. In the long term, I would like to be able to say that I helped to make the web the best mobile platform available, rather than being part of the transition to a world where every developer must go through a middleman to get their software in the hands of users.
Apple does not have the means to perform thorough quality assurance on any app. This is up to the developer. We have our own product managers and quality assurance testers, and we are liable to our users and the courts if we do anything evil or stupid. Apple may catch a few shallow bugs in the review process, but let's face it, the real things they are looking for are not bugs, but violations of the terms of service.
While there has been much criticism of Apple's strict control of what apps can and cannot go on the App Store, it may be that this rebuke from such a prominent developer may spur action by Apple... or lead to the defection of more and more developers to other platforms.
11-13-2009, 08:08 AM #2
Apple won't care
11-13-2009, 08:17 AM #3
I'm sure they will care - but whether they care enough to do anything about it is what matters. I somehow doubt it.
11-13-2009, 08:17 AM #4
11-13-2009, 08:24 AM #5
WTF? So no push for Facebook?
Ef you Apple.Does this rag smell like chloroform to you?
If I helped you, be sure to press the Thanks! button over there ->
If I didn't, press it anyway.
11-13-2009, 08:29 AM #6
11-13-2009, 08:41 AM #7
i would quit too!!This is getting a lil' ridiculous...
11-13-2009, 08:45 AM #8
Good for you for standing up for what you believe!
11-13-2009, 08:46 AM #9
GeoHot and now Hewitt?! i must say there are some incredible ppl out there with amazing integrity.. kudos to these guys
11-13-2009, 08:46 AM #10
Isn't this the exact reason for publishing on cydia?
11-13-2009, 08:56 AM #11
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11-13-2009, 09:06 AM #12
11-13-2009, 09:25 AM #13
Yeah, while i cant disagree with the guy, now that 2 (semi)comprable phones are running Android OS, its not like choices are unavailable. If he truly is AGAINST Apple, it seems like he would move to Android and create some kickass applications there.
11-13-2009, 09:27 AM #14
he seems like a bit of a cry baby imo.
its apples app store, not his. he should take his app back home to play by himself if he does not like it.
Apple is one the most succesful US companies around. there is a reason for that.
11-13-2009, 09:27 AM #15
Someone tell that guy about Cydia!
11-13-2009, 09:28 AM #16
If you quit this simple project then your a failure. God Hates You!. Every Society has rules and restrictions. Stiffen up your good boy ego and deliver what you promised.
11-13-2009, 09:40 AM #17
Apple is chasing everybody away.
11-13-2009, 10:05 AM #18
Hotz and Hewitt are standing up for what they believe and not caring about money but principles and ethics. Unfortunately, the bills still need to be paid. if he didn't like apple thing, he could have ranted and published on cydia programs etc he believed in.
Last edited by mikerlx; 11-13-2009 at 10:09 AM.
11-13-2009, 10:39 AM #19
seriously apple needs to get there "Stuff" togetherSemper Fidelis
United States Marine Corps
11-13-2009, 10:53 AM #20
i could care less who does the work as long as it gets released and its in working order lol
but the original dev has done a great job so far, hate to see him leave the project for some apple reasons, which seems to be an on going issue.
facebook should just meet up with the jailbreakers and release a full blown unlimited version on cydia lol
someone contact him?1.1.1>1.1.2>1.1.4>2.0>2.1>2.2>3.1>3.1.2 blackra1n'd
waitin on my white iphone 4