iPhone apps dead Uh No!

Jake posted this the other day.

First let me say, I don’t read crunchgear, i don’t read giga Om. No offense to Om, or the Arington Army, I just don’t need my news or info from them, there’s other sources, and the below is why I read them.

This is cust-pasted from Jake

Both Om and Erick have concerns about basically the same issues:

  • Too many apps are being downloaded to be manageable
  • Email is the killer app for the iPhone
  • Usage is minimal, perhaps in only 5 minute bursts
  • Users aren’t using the apps daily

well duh. It’s christmas morning! I’ve downloaded butt-loads of apps, some make the cut, some don’t. There’s thousands of apps out there, 80% of which are pretty lame, and wonky, and will sell a few copies and that’s that. They’ll stick around, or go away.

Email is the killer app. It’s the killer app on the crackberry, on the laptop, on the Windoze mobile devices. DUH.  Frankly I’m not thrilled with the email app the iPhone comes so for me the killer app is everything but email, including red.green, Shazam, pandora, internet radio tuner, etc.

And yeah, I use them all in small bursts. Who sits around and stares at their phone for hours? Who sits and uses pandora for an hour exclusively? who IMs exclusively for an hour? Even with my Crackberry I didn’t IM on it exclusively. When mobile I’d fire it up check in, chat a bit if needed, and move on. Same as I do with my iPhone now. So I’m lost as to why Om and the CG team think using an app in a burst is some how an indicator of death. Oh and Omni focus, laptop or iPhone. I open, look at, mark things off or add things, and close.

Use what apps daily? Crazy lighter? Jared? I don’t use photoshop daily either, nor Flash or Dreamweaver, or Pages, or Numbers, or any number of apps onmy Macbook Air. They’re still installed, ready when I need them. How is the iPhone different? I personally don’t want 20 home screens, but you could if you felt the need. That’s teh beauty of mobile devices, why pick/choose when you can have what you want, and if you only need it once a quarter, or blue moon, or leap year, it’s there, where you want it.

Don’t pay too much attention to either of these articles – they’re focused both on the writer’s personal usage patterns and the very short term view.

I couldn’t agree more. I’m guessing both writers carry their install discs with them everywhere since they don’t see a reason to have apps available. Maybe both moved from Motorola razors to iPhone? I really don’t know but coming from one smart phone that had crappy apps, and few, and oh yeah crappy. to the iPhone, I can only say, it’s sad that they have the influence and readership they do. They clearly can’t see the forest for the trees in this matter.

I see the iPhone as the next major platform for apps. I’m working on one for 360Conferences (well learning Obj-C first) and can easily think up a few more I’m sure. The potential, even with Apples retarded stiffling NDA, and terrible app store practices, is huge!!

By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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