Michael Arrington is absolutely, positively bang on in suggesting that developers will keep on making products for the iPhone even if Apple does silly things like arbitrarily deciding an application isn’t worthy of getting into the App Store, or rejects a service because it’s a competitive threat.
The iPhone platform is going to be too big, too popular and, potentially, too lucrative for a developer to dismiss because they’re pissed at Apple.
It would have been like a developer a decade ago turning away from Windows because they didn’t like Microsoft’s dominance. If you wanted to sell software, you had to develop for Windows if you wanted any chance of selling some software.
Arrington nails it when it says the iPhone ecosystem – 12 million devices and growing by about three million every month – is “too much of an opportunity to pass up. Developers will complain, but ultimately they’ll play by whatever rules Apple demands”.
More: Dave Winer kicks off the Techmeme Sunday iPhone-fest by suggesting the iPhone is an unreliable platform.
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