Originally Posted by iamiend
You're correct. Apple's approval process is so horrible that they need to find excuses for not letting people submit apps.
Again that's a false dichotomy. Just because Apple isn't meeting all of their goals, it doesn't mean the process is totally lacking in value and it should be tossed out!
It means the process is new and needs to be improved! And over the last two (yes, just two years - that's all the older the App store is) Apple has made steady and continual improvements.
I'm glad you are so perfect in everything you can do - that you are able to predict every possible outcome, anticipate and plan for all of them and execute flawlessly. Your a genius - what are you doing posting on an Internet message board? You should be out there making huge money showing companies the errors of their ways!
If the quality of the apps are such a HUGE concern, just let them go through the approval process. Or are you and Apple too scared that the apps will actually turn out to be good?
Neither myself nor Apple are scared of anything. The vast majority of apps go through the approval process just fine.
Quality is a HUGE [sic] concern - that's why they banned third party porting tools such as what Adobe was working on.
Porting tools and abstraction environments aren't created for the benefit of the end user. Such tools are to make the programmers
life easier. Is it any wonder why Apple has an issue with this? What's Apple's number one goal? The end user experience! Apple knows who their customers really are. It's not the developers, resellers, cell phone manufacturers or even share holders... their customers are you, me and more importantly non-technical people like my parents - the largest demographic of all.
That's who Apple focuses on, period, end of subject. It's also no accident that Apple has the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry - and by a wide margin.
People spin and try to justify porting tools and abstraction layers with lame straw men like it offers people more programs than they would have otherwise - again that's like saying you have more choices of homogenized, bland gruel.
Apple isn't about volume. Another fact that seems to drive people crazy - "what without raw numbers you are nothing!" goes the conventional wisdom. Yet look at Apple's profit vs. their market share. How can this be?
It's simple. Apple doesn't focus on crap like market share, or even to a lesser extent, profit. They focus on the end user experience (and thus, that's how they focus on profit - I'm not saying they don't focus on profit at all, just that they do it in context). If you ever watch Steve Jobs speak in public, you can't miss it - it's a theme that comes up constantly! How people can miss it, or dismiss it as Apple playing lip service is just boggling - much like the derisive attitude you display in your post. If you don't believe them, fine - that's your right. I reserve the right to pass you a tin foil hat.
You can't build as successful a business as Apple's by being disingenuous, which is what you are essentially accusing them of being - and to insinuate that they are is just nuts. Their actions and success simply speak otherwise. If you don't agree with their position, fine. But you shouldn't be surprised when you aren't taken seriously given their continued (and accelerating) success!