With Apple launching Fitness+, they launched just another service with an anti-competitive advantage. While they take almost 100% of what’s left after taxes etc., other services are forced to use In-App-Purchases of which Apple takes 30%. I don’t understand how some people defend Apple for this and think this behavior benefits them. Actually, it only leads to a decrease in the quality of non-Apple services, because they somehow have to try to compete with Apple, but get 30% less of the revenues.
Pavel Durov, founder of Telegram, published a blog post with “7 myths Apple is using to justify their 30% tax on apps”. He explains quite well why Apple’s practices are not fair and disproves many arguments that you can regularly read from Apple fans on Hacker News or in comments on tech news sites.
Will Oremus has written a long article on OneZero (Medium paywall) that discusses whether Apple is an illegal monopoly or not.
Apple doesn’t allow apps to offer alternative payment methods and …
To tighten its grip, Apple prohibits the affected apps from even telling users how they can pay their creators directly.
Is Android an alternative?
Yes, Android offers an alternative. Yet with iOS users accounting for a majority of all mobile app revenues in the United States, developers have little choice but to create software for Apple’s products.
Matt Baer, the creator of the writing platform write.as, writes about Apple’s privacy focused marketing and how that doesn’t matter when your iPhone is full of apps like Facebook, Instagram or Google.
Though I appreciate the ads for what they are, it’s silly to see iPhone advertised as a privacy panacea when every one has Facebook, Instagram, Google, Pinterest, and every ad-supported “free” app in the App Store installed on it.
Sorry for sharing a Medium.com link, but this is an article I really want to highlight.
Yesterday, Apple held it’s keynote presenting new iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch hardware as well as Arcade and TV+. I didn’t watch the event that was praised by Apple with “By Innovation Only”, but I read it was super boring. Old hardware with a new package.
But that’s probably a good thing. Because the new iPhones / iPads / Apple Watches are so boring, a lot of people probably won’t upgrade their Apple hardware like they did the last years.
That was it, Google, the launch event, where there was really nothing that wasn’t already known from various leaks (which you did yourself). Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL was clear, Google Home Mini, a larger Google Home and a new Pixelbook. Only I hadn’t heard of the Pixel Buds before.
And admittedly, you’re becoming an increasingly better competitor against Apple. Not only are the Pixel cameras the best cameras ever seen in a smartphone.