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When are people going to realize this isn’t about reducing the cost to consumers, this is about getting as much money out of consumers as they possibly can. Epic and the other companies that are protesting the “Apple Tax” aren’t trying to eliminate or even reduce the cost of being in the App Store for themselves. What they are trying to do is force Apple, either through their own decision, through the courts, or through legislation, to change the way they charge developers for being in the App Store. They want to do away with the competition from free apps. They want Apple to change to an approach where any developer that wants to put an app in the App Store has to pay for it, which in turn will eliminate almost all free apps and almost all developers they may have to compete with. Or better yet, they want to force Apple to allow, or be force to allow, alternate App Stores on every single IOS device so they can stop having to live with the privacy restrictions Apple forces on them. Then they can get to what they really want, harvesting user data so they can make the user what they think all users should be – the product rather than the customer.
It's just a matter of time until all of this forces Apple to change their business model and start charging license fees for developer tools and use of and access to APIs, along with charging developers on a per download basis for being in the Apple App Store. All of which will, of course, eliminate small developers and end the availability of free and low cost apps. Which surely will make things better for everyone... won't it?
Seriously! WTF! People complain the iPhone has a Lightning port and that's just to force people to buy cables. They change the port because of a short sighted EU law and people are still complaining. Seriously, why do people hate on Apple so much? If you don't like Apple or their products DON'T BUY THEM.
And if you consider yourself a journalist don't whine about the products they sell like you're some consumer advocate that cares about people when all you really care about is getting clicks by bashing every last thing Apple does.
I don't get the point of this article.
It appears to me that Apple originally rejected the app because it didn't follow published developer guidelines. And, apparently, the developers expected this to happen because they knew they didn't follow those guidelines and they know their app is not a "reader app" like Netflix. Apparently, they then added some free functionality, per guidelines, and Apple approved the app in accordance with their published guidelines.
So I don't get what the story is here.
Also, two questions and a comment for the writer:
What does the obvious statement that developers won't write apps for the upcoming Apple headset unless they support the developers have to do with Apple, apparently, following their published guidelines?
What does the ongoing US DoJ and EU investigations have to do with Apple, apparently, following their published guidelines?
Why don't you spend ten minutes searching the Internet and figure out why a paid email/calendar app obviously isn't a reader app.
hexclock said:robin huber said:iadlib said:GROSS what a total downgrade and what a cheap relocation offer. Anyone who does that is going to suffer on so many levels. From the out-of-pocket expense of relocating to Texas (WHO EATS PICKLES AT THE MOVIES??) to the future loss of income for homeowners. Homes in CA especially in SD are going to appreciate in value more than TX. Then there's the general lack of progressive laws and thinking. Oh I forgot that you're also moving from a coastal area with the highest happiness quotient in the USA to inland the capital of a state that is anti-LGBTQ, anti-woman's rights, pro-gun, and pro-racist.
Instead of Apple doubling down on TX, they should be looking to eliminate their corporate presence there in protest over the backward laws of the state. Just goes to show greed motivates all.