Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS platform provides a great opportunity for indie developers to display their skills and also make money, while developing apps that range from messaging apps to games and much more. However, rip-offs also happen on the platform, and that is something that is wasting the resources of many developers and could soon turn them away which would cause losses for Apple.
Developers praise Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) for its policy efforts at the App Store, however, what it is doing is not enough, or so it seems, because cloned apps are still everywhere in Apple’s app store to the disadvantage of dedicated developers who spend not just a lot of time coding, but also money on creating original apps.
The rip-off at Apple’s app store comes in many ways and developers think it is high time that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) moved in forcefully to fix the problem once and for all. In as much as the company presents iOS as a friendly platform for developers, inability to curb cloning could erode the benefits of the platform and rival platforms such as Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Android could benefit from disgruntled iOS independent developers.
Currently, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) tries to change the iOS policy by banning cloned apps, and it has removed many copied apps from the store, which is a step that developers have come to appreciate. However, sometimes copycats even get to the app stores with cloned products ahead of the original ones. Such cases have been widespread, and developers get disheartened because they cannot benefit from their hard and legitimate labor just because a cloned product beat them in terms of time.
While some cloned apps try to associate with popular titles in the app store, others blatantly present replicated themes that already exist. Even more troubling for iOS developers is that users of cloned products presented in misleading titles end up giving negative comments like apps being full of ads at a time when the original product is free from ads.
With the independent developers’ outcry, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) certainly needs to do more to police its app store, or its rich app store may soon be a no-go-zone for developers, thus hurting its own business.