Phil Schiller’s first six months running Apple’s App Store have been very productive

“In a somewhat surprising move, Apple announced yesterday a set of changes to the App Store just days before its developer conference next week. In some ways though, it’s not a complete surprise – as I wrote in my Insiders piece on Tuesday, WWDC keynotes have become densely-packed affairs, with so much material to cover and a fairly fixed two hour slot to cover it all,” Jan Dawson writes for Tech.pinions. “As such, getting some of the more complex announcements out ahead of time should help streamline things without getting bogged down in the details during the keynote. It also gives us time to review these announcements separately, without the crush of other news to drown them out.”

“Phil Schiller took over most of the responsibility for the App Store from Eddy Cue six months ago, shortly before Christmas. The scale of these changes is impressive but it’s a surprise we didn’t see some of them sooner. Developers have been clamoring for fixes to several of the problems these changes address for years and Apple should have dealt with them earlier,” Dawson writes. “However, the pace Schiller has moved since he took over this responsibility reinforces the sense it was the right move and he’ll address pain points with more alacrity than Cue did.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Well, you know, Eddy’s got basketball games to attend.

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13 Comments

  1. “Well, you know, Eddy’s got basketball games to attend.”

    And shirt buttons to undo. And flip-flops to buy. Eddy’s always workin’ hard.

  2. Some might say that Eddy Cue is the very definition of “fat and happy.”

    fat and happy
    Fig. content, as if from being well-fed. Since all the employees were fat and happy, there was little incentive to improve productivity. You look fat and happy. Has life been treating you well?

    Source: McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs.

  3. Don’t forget that Eddy’s got those 15 minutes he spends on iWork each year to deal with, too. Not to mention those Ferarri “board meetings” he has to attend.

    Wake up, Tim!

    1. I think its’s the Mac App Store, too. Developer John Gruber spoke with Phil Schiller about the changes and then posted this on his blog Daring Fireball yesterday:

      “These changes and improvements to the App Store — or App Stores, if you prefer, because they all apply to iOS (and thus WatchOS), Mac OS X, and tvOS — are no little things. These changes fundamentally change the App Store, for users and especially for developers.”

      1. OTG. The Mac App Store has been an embarrassment to Apple from day one. IMHO the App Store app never came out of beta. It is the single worst piece of software on my Macs. It’s never reliable and consistently annoying to use. It’s a great incentive to avoid the Mac App Store entirely. Sadly, that also means it’s a great incentive to never install Apple software updates as well.

        IOW: Crapware.

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