Steve Jobs Responds To Developer Agreement Concerns

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Steve Jobs, personal email replier he is these days, responded to a message from a developer regarding this week's SDK kerfuffle. His (characteristically brief) take: "intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps."


The exchange started with TaoEffect CEO Greg Slepak emailing Jobs to express his grievances about the newly restricted SDK agreement. Jobs responded:

We think John Gruber's post is very insightful and not negative:


Slepak wrote back to Jobs refuting Gruber's post, explaining that "from a developer's point of view, you're limiting creativity itself" and even throwing the "E" word (evil) in there for good measure. A few minutes later, Jobs replied again, elaborating—or what goes for elaboration, anyway, in an email from Steve Jobs—his company's motivation for requiring apps to be originally written in Objective-C:

We've been there before, and intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform.

It's not the most substantial defense, but it's at least interesting that Jobs himself has entered the passionate debate that's been playing out over the last few days. You can read the full exchange over at Slepak's blog. [TechCrunch]


As always the world is trying to put a negative spin on what apple are doing.

Could it not be possible that Apple are doing this for quality control, just like on games consoles. The same sort of restrictions are in place by sony, nintendo etc, and im sure that is to prevent low quality apps on here.

For me as a non-developer and as a consumer I welcome it, because it will definitely improve the quality of apps available. Let's be honest the appstore is flooded with crap, and making developers write in a specific code will weed out the rubbish. The reason for this is that those developers will have to make sacrifices, and therefore only those that are serious about making apps for apple will be left. Inevitably this will mean a lower quantity of apps, but a much higher QUALITY, which is what all iPhone users want!

People need to stop for a moment and appreciate what Apple to do, how many companies out there pay such attention to detail and provide end users with such high quality products, basically none! Apple are revolutionising the industry and are maturing computing by producing products that require little user input. At the end of the day that's what computers are supposed to be there for - make our lives easier. You all need to stop craving for systems that need to be hacked and tweaked, thats not what computers were invented for.