|App developers caught in iCloud storm|
or driven out of business overnight...
|“Third-party developers can become a free R&D resource for Apple,” said Mark Mulligan, an independent media and technology analyst. Apple watches independent developers to see what is successful and then builds some of the ideas into its own software, he said. |
|Many start-ups, however, will be caught in the storm without protection, left scrambling for cover, as Apple attacks their niche. |
“It is something that you always have to keep in mind,” said Gonçalo Catarino, a Portuguese iPhone developer who designed Weddar, a weather-reporting app. “Big players sometimes can be informed about what you are doing and decide it’s a good thing for them to do [themselves]. I think you have to be prepared – but not be scared. The main lesson here is always to have a back-up plan.”
Roll back the clock 15 years and substitute "Apple" for "Microsoft", and "iCloud" for "Internet Explorer".. or a thousand other iterations of the same story.
Lesson to be learned: "Write device and platform independent apps", (in other words, "Don't put all your baskets in one apple").
Third-party companies should always be prepared for failure considering their success hinges on what the first-party does.
My rule on any secondary application is it need to make all its money in 12 months or less. Anything more is a bonus. It is a tough biz.
I have only dabbled with writing "smartphone apps", (using Eclipse and the Android SDK), but I thought you could code in Java, C or other languages and compile for Android and/or iPhone if the SDK's have functions that support what you want the app to do.
If what you say is true then anyone who writes for Apple's platform only should make sure they patent any original technology --- but I will say I'm against seeing the USPTO grant patents for many types of software that are "thin" on truly unique, new innovation.
FWIW -- back in my BBS days I wrote 3rd party GUI add-ons for TBBS, then saw them fold the technology into their own add-on, (I wouldn't have been p*ssed if "they" didn't ask me to specifically "explain" what I did and how to one of their employees under the guise of them helping me to integrate it better)... live and learn -- after that I made my app better and generic to work with nearly any BBS platform and stopped touting TBBS.