Why doesnt Apple make any games or apps?

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  1. iphoneprogrammer

    iphoneprogrammer Well-Known Member

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    I have not seen any apps or games made by the Apple corporation. Do they just let third party devs make them?
     
  2. raps27

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    They have made a texas holdem game, the remote app to control itunes and keynote preaentation app
     
  3. Fletch

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    Yeah, it is weird that they came out with Texas Hold'em immediately, but haven't made another game since...
     
  4. hdgreen

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    think they make enough money from everyone else making apps without having to make their own. and it would be abit ironic them having to pay themselves commision on every sale of their games. lol.
     
  5. supg328911

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    lol very true, i wonder how they would do that..
     
  6. brendons

    brendons Well-Known Member

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    well

    considering to continue any franchise (like sonic, etc.) they'd need to buy the rights

    that leaves just coming up with new, original titles. they have so many devs submitting games already i don't see the advantage to them (considering the cost of production)
     
  7. LBG

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    Yeah, that's what I was thinking.

    I suppose the truth is that they simply don't need to make any apps. They get heaps of money from the existing 1000,000,000 + Apps they have on the App Store. If you think about all the money they get from the App Store, let alone all the money they get on the Apple products themselves, a few more apps isn't going to make much of a difference.

    And besides, they are probably too busy designing the next iPhone :)
     
  8. Hippieman

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    Don't be fooled.

    Apple is a hardware company. As much money as you think they make on the App Store, they spend it just maintaining the appstore (and all involved with it).

    The real money maker is the hardware, selling iPhones and iPods. The apps are just another reason to buy the hardware from Apple. (Just like the iTunes Music was just another reason to buy an iPod).
     
  9. hdgreen

    hdgreen Well-Known Member

    so true. everything is just an extension of their primary aim. to sell computers or iphones.
     
  10. Hippieman

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    Exactly, even OS X (which is why it's just $99 and has no kind of protection against piracy) as the only way to use it is to buy a mac.
     
  11. Valaris

    Valaris Well-Known Member

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    Apple employees are too busy counting their money to make games and apps.
     
  12. squarezero

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    #12 squarezero, Jun 5, 2009
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    Actually, they're both a hardware and software company, with profitable titles such as Final Cut Pro, Aperture, iWork, and Logic Studio. If I'm not mistaken, they also still own FileMaker Inc, even though it operates as a separate company. Without a doubt, the majority of their profits are derived from hardware sales, but they are fully capable of developing (or, just as often, purchasing and upgrading) quality, standalone software.

    What they are not, and have never been, is a gaming company, which is probably why they've stayed away from game apps. I have a feeling that Texas Hold'em was developed as a way to "populate" the App Store before they knew how popular it would turn out to be.
     
  13. starjimstar

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    We have a winner.
     
  14. Kosikutioner

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    Yup! Check this article out here...

    http://gizmodo.com/5256604/iphone-application-sales-are-so-tiny-they-fit-in-a-floppy

    Shows that they really don't make THAT much off the sales. I mean, they obviously are plenty happy with 100 Million dollars, but I'm sure they're putting all that back into the store at this point in developing it further. It isn't at its peak, its in its infancy, and MUCH needs to be tweaked and fixed. I'm very surprised it hasn't been attacked more for the inefficiency of it (namely, finding apps you want is basically only possible via word of mouth at this point) but I imagine thats because of the 'fanboy' nature that exists with most things apple.

    That being said, I would like some more Apple things to BUY. Because its frustrating that they do not let others imitate their apps (namely imitate Mail functions etc) and yet they don't update anything except via firmware. I'd love if Apple came out with added functionality apps, even if you had to pay sometimes.

    Or I'd like them to get more firmware out quicker... Its frustrating with them being so closed with US changing things and programs to fill in gaps, and yet take so long themselves.
     
  15. iphoneprogrammer

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    Take a look at Gameloft. They have capatalized on the appstore and their revew is through the roof. That being said why wouldnt apple want to take part in that? If you own a jailbroken idevice and you have cydia installed there is a game that was made by apple but it was never finished. It was kinda like SciFly but not as polished. Im not exactly sure what the name was but if you want you can take a look. These are the types things apple should invest some time and money into to furher increase their profits. Or as someone suggested, buy out the liscenes to certain "name games" and go that route. If Apple can make iLife and iMovie or w/e then i dont see why they cant make some games.
     
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    #16 dmbfan1192, Jun 5, 2009
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    I love how everybody forgot the real reason why Apple totally blasted through the tech scene in the past decade: the iPod. Since Jobs' first revealing of that little box that held music, Apple has never been the same. If the iPods were not as popular as they were, Apple would probably be bankrupt considering the fact that without the iPod money, they could never have improved the computers as much as they did and definitely would have never made a PHONE. They would either a) still be in that rebellious indie hippie mode like they were in the 80s/90s or b) have been consumed by the recession.
    Because iLife and iWork are program suites and games are... well GAMES. They certainly make the most stable and useful programs out there but maybe they figure that it's just not worth it to compete with EA or Gameloft. They could use their resources to form some sort of Apple publishing company like Chillingo and have the money to help EA make some sick games. Actually, nevermind, is EA a publisher itself or a game developing company?
     
  17. rmd

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    There aren't 1 billion apps in the app store...it's actually around 40,000
     
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