Steve Jobs Was Originally Dead Set Against Third-Party Apps for the iPhone



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45 responses to “Steve Jobs Was Originally Dead Set Against Third-Party Apps for the iPhone”

  1. Rose says:

    No way!  The App Store is one of the main selling features of the iPhone!  I can’t imagine having had enjoyed the first iPhone as much without the App Store!

  2. ray says:

    Apps existed for quite awhile before the iPhone existed.  However they were rather poor quality and never took off due to lack of organization.  Apple changed things (as always) and it’s hard to imagine any smartphone platform without apps.

  3. Porn Blogger says:

    Stop spoiling the book!!

  4. Graham Cottingham says:

    The app store is fantastic, however there are a few things that are interesting with this:

    • Web based apps wouldnt use up HD space so more room for music. They can also integrate with the phone so potentially can do everything that the native apps could do.

    • The app store is a dictatorship that only allows apps that are approved by apple onto their device. However with web apps anybody could create an app allowing a lot more flexibility and potential.

    • Developers can still charge for access to their web based service and wouldnt have to pay Apple a penny, more money for their hard work.

    I find it odd that it web based apps didnt catch on.

  5. MacHead says:

    Jailbreaking is to be thanked for the App Store. 

  6. MacHead says:

    How do you access a web based app on your iPod Touch when you arent on wifi? Games and Navigation and Music and countless other apps would require internet connection, which would require more data usage. Local apps are obviously better

  7. dougitdesign says:

    Old news.

  8. Mike Jones says:

    The most interesting takeaway in this story is that Apple can change their minds 180 degrees and execute on a decision in a matter of months.  That’s the takeaway for me and any business owner (small or large).

  9. Frank Lowney says:

    Ironically, web apps have become a refuge for those developers who can’t or won’t abide by some of the App Store rules such as In-app Purchasing and Subscriptions.

  10. dale2000 says:

    Many web based apps stay on local storage, which, yes, defeats the original poster’s point.

  11. dale2000 says:

    Like all markets that Apple enters… yes, alternatives pre-existed Apple’s products, but Apple just had a knack for waiting for the technology to mature to the point where it was appropriate for the masses (and marketing the hell out of it).

    iPod, iPhone, Apps, iPad… it’s all the same.  None of those are original in their field, they just happen to be so good that people have forgotten the rest. *

    * This applies to the “new” Apple, obviously, as Macs still only occupy 15% or so of the “PC” market.

  12. Graham Cottingham says:

    Valid point on storage, but the other to points are valid and I think its a bit of a shame they havnt been explored.

    @cdebc1c6565658d7058ff8b4b2889ccd:disqus  Id rather get something on just my iphone than not get it at all.

  13. dale2000 says:

    I definitely agree with you.  I think the main reasons web apps never really took off are two:

    – Web apps don’t instill a sense of reliability.  They are (at least perceived to) rely on a data connection/plan.

    – Apps purchased on the store come with a form of “ownership,” which provides users with a more official feeling of support.  Again, a reliability issue, whether perceived or otherwise.

  14. twitter-28439603 says:

    This was pretty obvious, from the original introduction.  Yes, I know this article mentions the introduction.. so basically, this article is pointless, since it’s obvious/already known.

  15. Bonzo says:

    Go away troll

  16. fortninety says:

    I love how pissed some of you are someone/something pointing out that Steve Jobs was not correct 100% of the time. l. o. l.

  17. Mart says:

    Agreed, when the app store was release it was almost an exact copy of what installer app(think that’s what it was called) many people had been enjoying on their jailbroken phone for ages.  

  18. SocialExpert says:

    Too bad he is a good guy RIP steve! we will missing u!buy facebook fans now at

  19. Dave_m says:

    After having Yahoo Japan’s transit app crash constantly I decided to just to make an icon to their mobile site.  Perhaps the app store should reject apps that require connectivity to work, thus making an individual app unnecessary.  I’m looking at you too M-W dictionary…

  20. Phil says:

    are your seriously fucking spamming this article man?

  21. Phil says:

    Yeah seriously, Steve made mistakes. If you know your history there are quite a few of them but when he made good decisions THEY WERE GOOD. DAMN GOOD.

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