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i’m always amazed by the fact that there are people out there who think that anybody was going to get around apple’a 30%.
Nobody complains when Best Buy adds a 50% markup from the wholesale price on software they carry in their stores so it’s weird when people acts like the an app store is out of line.
the App Store is a retail store just like Best Buy and as such Apple buys each copy sold at a wholesale price (70% of MSRP or more accurately Developer Determined Retail Price). Once Apple has bought that copy at the agreed upon price they can do what they want with it so long as it doesn’t exceed the DDRP. That’s how apple can put items on sale or give them away as a promotional item.
App stores also have many key advantages over traditional retail because an app isn’t purchased until it’s sold… so there’s no such thing as unsold inventory and prices can be adjusted up or down at any point (in close to real-time) by the developer if they want.
there used to be so many risks associated with making physical copies of games and other software (over production. shipping, storage, theft, etc) and because almost all the physical costs of software are gone we, as consumers, now get our apps at fantastic prices and instantly. and the developer makes more money per copy sold since the eta get 70% of retail now rather than the 50% they used to get.
seems weird that people complain about the 30% that everybody charges. it’s a great deal no matter how you look at it ESPECIALLY if you take history into consideration.
22july2013 said:Fair point, but my point which I made several times is also valid, that Apple won't sue you if you jailbreak your iPhone, which also makes me think they might make installation of other OSs a legit feature just like they do in macOS. They don't void the warranty if you install Windows. And if they void a warranty it's only on the jailbroken OS, not the phone itself. It's easy enough for the user or Apple to install a valid OS again later.
and the idea of an officially tolerated (not even supported... just "tolerated") "OtherOS" seems pointless. the A-series processors are so heavily customized from ARM that you'd never get the same performance or optimizations from a guest OS so it'd be easier and cheaper to just buy an Android / Windows / whatever device and get on with your life. At least with the Macs they were running off the shelf Intel processors so are almost instantly compatible with other operating systems.
22july2013 said:As I've been saying for months, to people who "want to run anything," Apple doesn't care if you jailbreak your iPhones. This is proof.
ireland said:The stars are aligning where Apple eventually makes a TV.
On that note, the ideal TV for me is a dumb box that has nothing but a power button and an input selection button. I don't even want built-in speakers in my ideal TV. i don't want to be able to change channels on it. i don't even want to be able to adjust the picture on it (I realized that was actually possible a couple days ago when i tried to calibrate my old Apple TV 4K and it said that it was "not required" due to my TV having "Dolby Vision"... i hadn't realized that was a thing, but i was pretty stoked about it)