Apple’s iOS 7 rollout to shake up its $10 billion app economy

“Apple’s App Store, which celebrates its fifth birthday [this] week [July 10], has become an economy all of its own,” Tim Bradshaw reports for The Financial Times.

“More than $10bn has been paid to developers of its 850,000 apps over the past five years. The platform has created multimillion-dollar businesses such as Rovio, maker of Angry Birds, Instagram, the photo-sharing app, and Shazam, the music recognition service,” Bradshaw reports. “For Apple, the popularity of the App Store with customers and developers is a key asset in a smartphone and tablet market where competition will only get more intense. So the stakes were high last month when the company unveiled the latest version of its software platform for the iPhone and iPad, iOS 7.”

Bradshaw reports, “After almost a month of testing iOS 7, designers and developers outside Apple are polarised in their reactions to the redesign. Many are scrambling to reconfigure their apps to fit the new aesthetic… iOS 7 is a bold gamble that the next five years can be as lucrative for Apple and its app economy as the past five.”

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    1. Ya, like what? It’s the same old iOS. Hate to say it. Sure, there are a few things that will make Apps better, like swiping to go forward and backward, but cery little has changed here.

      Same bloated Settings. Same bloated sync and iTunes. It’s not even an evolution. It’s a paint job.

      1. “Bloated” does not mean what you apparently think it does. Here’s a clue: Just because a piece of software has a lot of features, that does not automatically mean it’s “bloated”.


  1. I think it’s a good change. Sad I won’t be able to upgrade all my devices. There will be a 1-2 year period when the fragmentation of iOS increases. Because of all the ikde devuces still in use that can not be upgraded. But not as much as android.

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