Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton
They were counting jobs created.
You create a "job" when someone is earning a living off of it, not when someone pays you to sustain your store so they can play around with development and see what happens. If the wanted to be honest about this, and not spin numbers, they should have counted devs that earn at least the minimum wage per month from their app profits. That's how they could have claimed they created jobs, although someone could say they created shit cause the devs already have a job that of developing, be it for apples platform or for someone else's, if they happen to pay apple or whoever a premium so they can host their creations on their store, apple isn't giving them a job, it's giving them an opportunity to sell their wares. Much like a hardware or a clothes store owner can't claim they created a job by virtue of allowing tools or clothes manufacturers to sell in their store.
In turn devs are helping apple sell boatloads more iOS devices based on their ingenuity with no guarantee of their profit whatsoever. Apple is sustaining their store and dev tools on subscription of them and also has a de facto 30% profit. And then the market is free from apple to drive sale prices at any point, even to the detriment of many devs in a race to the bottom. But apple is not risking anything, their costs and profits are guaranteed as well as the added value of saling more devices on the strength of the apps others create. The app store was a great idea, apple's management has been very commendable so far (although some could claim that protectionism and sponsoring of devs would be warranted seeing as so many of them give so much back to apple) but apple isn't really risking anything while devs are in a ferocious race against each other and risking everything. And I hate the so far we have paid so and so to devs. No you haven't paid shit, your customers and the devs customers paid them, and you got a cut.
All that hardly fits my description of 200,000 jobs offered. If they want to offer them jobs they should hire them at apple, that's how people create and offer jobs.