Brent Simmons: “Somebody on Twitter will tell me that I should add that IAP right now so I can pay Apple for the privilege of being on the App Store. Fuck you in advance.”
Brent is obviously fired up and rightfully so. Look, WordPress has been selling domains and services for years. They know how to do it and they know how to do it safely. This isn’t Apple being the gatekeeper of secure transactions. It’s about greed. Apple needs to have a cut of everything, even if it doesn’t make sense.
Unlike Jobs, Tim Cook isn’t driven by making the best product he’s driven by money.
Apple knows they have developers right where they want them.
“So, kid, you want to develop for our platform? Sure, give it a go. You’ll like it.”
Then they put the squeeze on you.
Sure, my next product will have IAP. Sure I’ll give Apple 30%. I have no choice but to. It’s ok. I’m personally fine with it for the little apps I do on the side. If I were trying to survive off my apps I might feel otherwise.