We all are very aware of how horrible, biased, and hypocritical Apple’s App Review process can be and the number of very valuable apps they have left behind. But now the developer of one of the most popular apps, Facebook, has decided to leave iPhone development in search of “greener” less restrictive pastures.
This is a statement made by Joe Hewitt, the developer of the Facebook App, regarding why he quit:
“My decision to stop iPhone development has had everything to do with Apple’s policies. I respect their right to manage their platform however they want, however I am philosophically opposed to the existence of their review process. I am very concerned that they are setting a horrible precedent for other software platforms, and soon gatekeepers will start infesting the lives of every software developer.
The web is still unrestricted and free, and so I am returning to my roots as a web developer. In the long term, I would like to be able to say that I helped to make the web the best mobile platform available, rather than being part of the transition to a world where every developer must go through a middleman to get their software in the hands of users.”