Hockenberry is displeased with developing apps that use Apple's own iCloud servers to store and sync data. iOS developers can put their apps through iCloud's paces using TestFlight, Apple's testing framework, which remains iOS-bound. Hockenberry blasted Apple in a recent missive posted to his Furbo.org blog.
Other concerns Hockenberry voices: Apple has delivered analytics tools for iOS developers, but given nothing to Mac developers. They've also changed the rules for app reviews on beta iOS releases, but haven't done the same for Mac.
Developers pay the same 30 percent, but the Mac nets a lot less for Apple than iPhones do. With iOS as Apple's top money maker, it's pretty clear that that's the priority for them.
Hockenberry's comments elicited a response from Daniel Jalkut, another Mac developer who has his own complaints about the Mac App Store, voiced on his Bitsplitting.org blog:
Jalkut takes a measured approach to his criticism, suggesting that Mac app developers have some benefits that iOS developers don't, like unrestricted testing pools, more effective management of different OS environments, and more. Jalkut suspects, as Hockenberry does as well, that Apple simply doesn't have the resources in place to manage both iOS and OS X app developers with perfect equality.
Makes for some interesting reading as you end the week. What do you think? Are Mac developers getting short shrift, or should they be glad that Apple supports them at all these days?
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