Good news, everyone! We don’t believe any developer is truly happy with the Mac & iOS App Store. Lets examine the problems:
• While the Sandbox is a good idea in principle, most non boring-document-editing apps can’t be squeezed into the Sandbox, at least not without some exceptions, which Apple disallows on their store.
• The 30/70% revenue split is probably not what you’d call ‘Fair’.
• Apple doesn’t like a try-before-you-buy model and explicitly forbids developers to mention existence of free demo versions on our homepages.
To be fair, some other issues like review times or the inability to respond to user-reviews have mostly been addressed.
Now, a group of developers has formed ‘The Developer’s Union’ and the first item on their agenda is to pressure Apple into allowing Free Trials on the (Mac) App Store. This would be awesome, as disgruntled people who bought by accident are a major cause of concern. So, we’ve already ‘pledged’ 14 apps to the cause.