Dvorak: High-end niche apps drive market to iPhone, the one platform users and developers can trust

“The key to understanding the future of apps is understanding the high-end niche app,” John C. Dvorak writes for PC Magazine.

“At this point, we’ve seen enough apps to value quality over quantity,” Dvorak writes. “If you want to see the future of apps, don’t buy the magic 8-ball app, buy a Nissan Leaf. The all-electric puddle jumper comes complete with an app that allows you to talk to your car remotely… You can preheat the car, so that it’s nice and toasty for a wintry work commute. Or, if you live in Arizona, you can turn on the air conditioning before you get in the car.”

Dvorak writes, “If you drive a Nissan Leaf, you will likely own an iPhone. This turns out to be an acute problem for the other platforms. Nobody will develop this sort of high-end app for any other platform because of instability. There are already a variety of Android ‘versions’ out there and tossing in other phone operating systems, such as Windows Phone 7 or the new Samsung throwaway OS, will not encourage anyone to put a high-end app on these phones. On anything other than an iPhone, you will get retread apps… Right now, the iPhone is the platform you can trust. If I was developing a high-end app for some specialty or niche market, I’d bring it straight to the iPhone, and that won’t change anytime soon.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: On his meds.


[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Kristian I.” for the heads up.]


  1. One of his more cogent pieces. Must have hit the bong pipe before writing. I agree with all of what he said. At this point in time counting the number of apps in the app store is superficially superfluous. It’s the quality of apps vs. the low rent, often derivative apps in the Android market place. I’ve never felt the need to buy an Android tablet for this reason – cobbled together apps released into the market without a measure of quality control equals nightmare.

    However, Apple needs to ease up on the rules of app store approvals. I downloaded an app from the Mac app store to convert .vob videos to m4a format and it said that the app store rules prevented it from converting specific formats. WTF is up with that?

    1. ¿Android? …¿What the heck is that? ¿Some sort of alien invasion out of planet Nexus? I’m from Latinamerica, a 700 million user base (if my math is correct, its double than the US market base), and you never heard about this Android crap here. Blackberry and iPhone platforms dominate the market either in corporate business or home user down here.

      Believe me, our market is huge for smart phones and at least in this part of the world Android is not holding a single square meter of the pie market. As of late 2010 Google intruduced Android in just 32 countries out of the currently 208. So the advice: think out of the box. The grass is not greener in the other side.

  2. MDN take ” on his meds” Classic…
    but tomorrow the headline will be…
    “Ives to work for Google, More Execs to Follow”
    …the prescription is never strong enough.
    He is right tho’

  3. Plus, if you’re a hospital, airline, etc., you know that the hardware isn’t going to radically change in the next version with 5 new buttons, different screen size, etc. that you have to compensate and re-train your employees on. You know the device won’ be killed off next month. That’s crucial.

  4. I don’t like this new Dvorak. It’s messing up my world view and I’m already having trouble distinguishing right from left, up from down. If he keeps this façade up, I’m afraid I might lose my Jobs-powered abilities to discern POS from quality, head from ass etc. In other words, become another Dvorak. No0oooo…

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