Frasier Speirs on the App Store

Fraser Speirs comments on the first week of Apple’s new iPhone App Store.

Demographics Is Destiny:

If you haven’t got it already, it’s time to move your head to this place: iPhone OS is Apple’s mainstream platform for 2012 and beyond. It’s a bold prediction, but the numbers seem fairly clear.

Put this another way: my iPhone app, Exposure, has picked up on average 3,200 new users per day since the App Store opened. Exposure already has twice as many users as FlickrExport for Aperture.

These are crazy numbers.

App Store Review is broken:

If Apple can’t guarantee a maximum 24 hour review process, they should drop it. What would happen if I was trying to correct a data loss or security bug, and the update sits in App Store limbo for five or ten days? Fortunately I’m not facing that situation, but these are fixes for painful crashing bugs that are really affecting users of Exposure. All the while, users continue to comment negatively on these already-fixed-but-not-released bugs in Exposure’s reviews on iTunes. Without demos, those reviews are an app’s lifeblood.

I can understand Apple wanting to check new applications, but holding up bug fix releases for five days or more is both annoying to users and damaging to developers’ reputations.

One thought on “Frasier Speirs on the App Store

  1. Apple is killing everyone with the review process.

    I submitted an update for my app on Sunday. Still waiting for them to post it. At this rate it’s going to be a long and painful road.

    Plus, once you submit an update there is no way to change the binary. So even if you have made updates since you send the update you have to wait for them to post the current one and resubmit to wait another week.

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