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11-16-2009, 06:30 AM #1
App Developer and Former Apple Employee Opens Up
Digital Arts has published an interesting new interview definitely worth checking out. The piece profiles Dave Howell, CEO of Avatron Software. Howell now develops apps for the iPhone. But before he started his own business, he woked for Apple.
Although you might not know his name, chances are, you know his work. Last year, Howell introduced "Air Sharing," which became enormously popular for being one of the first document readers for the iPhone. Yet, before he made it big on his own, Howell worked at Apple for six years in various engineering capacities. And now he's opening up about his experiences there and what it means to be an app developer in the modern competitive landscape.
When asked "Did your Apple background pave the way to the App Store?" Howell responded:
Not at all. There were times when we were having issues with the App Store, and I'd send emails to everybody I knew at Apple, from fellow engineers to managers to vice presidents. The few people that responded would say, "You know I can't talk about that."
The paranoia and secrecy was always frustrating but not as hard as I thought it would be. It was more my fear. For the most part, Apple's processes just work really well. Another frustration with a big company, not just Apple, is that if you have what you think is a great idea, there may just be nobody there to listen to it.
There have been moments where it's been frustrating because Apple's system are evolving painstakingly slow. For a big company, I think they're moving pretty quickly; but from a [startup's] point of view, a year is a lifetime. We've had frustrations from bugs in the App Store and inconsistent app reviews. However, the opportunities in this new marketplace far outweigh any of these frustrations.
11-16-2009, 06:44 AM #2
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11-16-2009, 06:52 AM #3
This can be very good news for all the apple members. I am really very excited as I am a member of the apple family. All the best to all these employees.mod/edit links removed
11-16-2009, 07:21 AM #4
11-16-2009, 08:55 AM #5
That's why everyone loves Google, lol. Someone might spill a cup of coffee during break at their office, and the entire world would know. In Apple, they might go around rejecting an app Google made, and people wouldn't even know if the app was rejected or waitlisted.
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11-16-2009, 10:51 AM #6
11-16-2009, 11:25 AM #7
Sounds great a story
11-16-2009, 01:05 PM #8
11-16-2009, 06:20 PM #9
I remember reading the article in Wired about how when they were developing the iPhone the teams didn't know it. The hardware side was told make this; while the OS side was here is the hardware that it will run on make it work. Basically handing the OS people a bunch of parts crudely put together to not resemble anything.
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11-16-2009, 08:32 PM #10
11-17-2009, 12:28 AM #11
i love the way allmost none of the responses related to the article at hand....cute. very cute.
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11-17-2009, 05:29 PM #12
Out of 10 responses I see 2 that relate to the article. About how Apple keeps secrets even with their own employees.
Well now with this one, 2 out of 11.