Thursday, August 19, 2010

App Store Director Developed “Animal Farts” and “iWiz”

Wired (via Jesper):

Apple has long been an icon for quality products, but its overflowing iOS App Store is a crapshoot: Nuggets of quality are buried in a vast, steaming heap of inanity. In fact, the man who oversees the App Store process runs a side business selling fart and urination apps.

Phillip Shoemaker, director of applications technology at Apple, who runs the App Store process, sells iPhone apps in the App Store under the company name Gray Noodle.

Choosing this guy to be the head curator sends a great message.

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I should hope so: that people are brought in that understand that a saturated, useful platform necessarily involves providing things that not everyone immediately find useful. Fart apps probably have a broader appeal on iPhone than, say, DropDMG has on Mac OS X, and that's not a slight in any way, that's just how it is.

Well, to very slightly rewrite the final exhortation from this movie:

And there was a time in this country, a long time ago, when people wrote books and apps, apps that had stories so you cared whose ass it was and why it was farting, and I believe that time can come again!

@Chucky Towards the beginning of the movie, the main character checks into a hospital using a Springboard-like menu, and he’s taken to see the Mac guy…

iPhone 8! It's got electrolytes!

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