Clones And Free-To-Play Titles Have “Soured” iTunes App Store Experience, According To Report

Clones And Free To Play Titles Have Soured iTunes App Store Experience, According To ReportApple’s iOS platform is one that many developers opt to develop for first. Perhaps it’s more lucrative, perhaps the developers are iOS fans themselves, we’re not sure, but according to a recent report in the Edge, it has been suggested that due to clone games and free-to-play titles, the app store experience has been “soured”.

As gamers are probably well-aware of, there are plenty of cloned games in the App Store. In fact this was highlighted rather prominently after Flappy Bird had been removed, which then saw an influx of Flappy Bird-like clones hitting the App Store in a bid to capitalize on the craze of the game. (more…)

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    Apple Believes They Changed The Definition Of “App”

    Apple Believes They Changed The Definition Of AppThe term “app” is being thrown around a lot these days, and while initially used to describe downloadable software for smartphones and tablets, it has started to apply to software running on computers as well. Technically it’s not far from the truth as “app” is an abbreviation for “application”, but it seems that Apple thinks that they have the right to the term because they feel that they were the ones who changed what it meant.

    This is being challenged in Australia where Apple had lost the right to trademark the “App Store” name, which they have since tried to appeal but lost again, and now they have taken the case of the Australian Federal Court against the Registrar of Trademarks. According to Apple’s counsel, Rob Webb, “The fact that one of its components — app — was as a stand alone word, itself in something of a transition at the date of the filing of the application.” Webb went on to state, “We say that must reflect back to the filing date in 2008 and one can see that at that time, it had some layer of meaning that wasn’t purely application software.”

    What do you guys think? In all honesty, whether you are an Apple critic or a fan, do you think that Apple was responsible to making the term popular, ultimately changing its definition?

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