There are over 1,000 flashlight apps in the App Store, 50 in our own CrunchBase, and even one that’s venture funded. They’re all in trouble now. Why download or waste home screen space on an app when you can use Apple’s native version with just a swipe up and a tap? Sure, these apps probably didn’t take long to develop, and maybe their makers should have predicted Apple might launch its own flashlight, but still, they deserve a little sympathy.
I love this article. See, the basic premise boils down to “it’s unfair for a major vendor to integrate functionality that is or could be served by third-party developers.” But that’s always been tendentious bullshit dressed up in revolutionary fight-for-the-underdog language. At various points in the history of computing, everything from spell checkers to TCP/IP stacks to GUIs were third-party applications.
The thing is, it’s often easy to miss how stupid the argument is, but Constine has—dare I say—shined a bright light on it. “How dare Apple bring down its iron heel on hundreds of developers,” he asks, “competing in the vibrant flashlight application space!” Yes! Yes, Josh, we all shudder to think how much innovation in the field of turning the camera flash LED on and off might be lost forever!
Like I said, I love this article. Its revolutionary clothes are so clearly a Che Guevara T-shirt it bought at Hot Topic.
This is a good article, but not a new idea. If you think about this for a minute you may come up with several examples! Here is one…. Big stores put Mom & Pop out of business. There will always be some one taking old ideas and making them new, easier, and faster. People can make more money doing this!