Apple’s WWDC impressed fans and customers, but last week’s App store incidents have developers hesitant to commit to its ecosystem. And For good reason.
While the company opens up a bit for customers, it tightens the knot for developers..
We recently posted a recap article of the keynote for Apple’s 2020 World Wide Developer Conference, which for an event meant for software developer and tech community insiders, it was quite an exciting keynote. Apple seems poised to be making significant changes in all its major products. Making iOS and iPad OS a little more user friendly and tolerant, making the Apple Watch and iPhone reliable tracking devices for family and friends and making them function as digital car keys, and Revamping MacOS while also moving the desktop OS to Apple’s own ARM based processors called Apple Silicon(Sometimes the simplest names are the best). Apple’s definitely painting an exciting future for its customers, yet due to last week’s disputes with app developer Basecamp over its app Hey, the developers Apple holds WWDC for every year are beginning to think twice about the tech giant.
The incident with Basecamp essentially goes like this:
Basecamp released a new premium email app named Hey which users would pay a $90 subscription to use. The app got positive reviews and a substantially successful launch, being released in its initial version on mobile platforms the Apple App store and Google’s Play Store.
When trying to push an update to the app on Apple’s App store, Basecamp had that update rejected and Apple told them their app breached App Store policies as it doesn’t allow users to sign up for it within the app, which is essentially a business strategy that Apple uses to gain a 30% non-negotiable cut of the subscriptions.
Said policies always have essentially been murky and have had apps like Amazon Prime Video exempt from them, hence why Basecamp spent most of last week complaining about the matter and starting a pretty substantial outcry among developers who feel Apple’s app store rules are becoming borderline tyrannical and the worst example of monopolistic capitalism.
US Senators and Congress even joined in, especially since western governments are beginning to hound tech monopolies often especially Apple, Google and Facebook.
Apple eventually gave in to this outcry on Monday, but that’s after it had initially hit back at Basecamp, saying Hey shouldn’t have been submitted into the app store anyway, which definitely didn’t go well with Basecamp or other complaining developers.