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Jobs: 60m Apps Sold & There's A Kill Switch

Gordon Kelly


Jobs: 60m iPhone Apps Sold, Confirms Kill Switch

There was always a good chance that official iPhone third party applications would be a hit, but this is another level entirely...

Just one month since the store went live Apple CEO Steve Jobs have revealed an incredible 60 million applications - a mixture of both free and paid - have been downloaded so far producing in excess of $30m in revenue or around $1m per day.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Jobs declared "it will be a $1 billion marketplace at some point in time" and admitted he had "never seen anything like this in my career for software." He also believes (quite rightly in my opinion) that while "phone differentiation used to be about radios and antennas and things like that" that software is becoming the key factor.

Addressing another couple of nagging issues over the last month Jobs admitted that Apple does have a kill switch for malicious apps which can be remotely activated on any handset explaining "hopefully we never have to pull that lever, but we would be irresponsible not to have a lever like that to pull".

Lastly, speaking about the controversial 'I am Rich' iPhone app - which sold for $999.99 and did nothing other than display a glowing red gem - Jobs said it was pulled as a "judgement call" but dodged the question of how it managed to get Apple approval in the first place. Personally, I think if you're stupid/rich enough to install what was a clearly described app, well...

T-Mobile you have your work cut out.


via WSJ


August 11, 2008, 6:40 pm

By this time next year apples dominance will be complete

All Hail Jobsey


August 11, 2008, 6:43 pm

And just think Apple, and Jobs, didn't want to open the iPhone to apps at first, believing that web-apps were the way forward. I think it was only down to the popularity of Jailbreak, and its apps, that convinced them that built-in Apps were the way to go.

Ben 3

August 11, 2008, 10:12 pm

Should the title of the article not have been 'Apple confirms your iPhone is not your own'? A kill switch for any application they don't like? Why? They pre-vet the applications before they get put on iTunes, so they should already know what they do and whether they are safe or not. There is no official way to get an application on the iPhone apart from iTunes. So there should be no problem with any application on the iPhone unless it is loaded on a jailbroken phone (and in that case I doubt the kill switch would work anyway)

If either Nokia or Microsoft had built a kill switch for third party apps into their platforms there would be outrage! Why should Apple be any different?


August 11, 2008, 10:26 pm

@Ben - virtually all network operators build the functionality into your handsets so they can be disabled if reported stolen...


August 11, 2008, 11:19 pm

Wait a minute - I'm Ben, but that's not me - we can all share names on the comments? :S


August 11, 2008, 11:49 pm

Apparently so; I'll ask RTT to look into it.

Oliver Levett

August 12, 2008, 1:36 pm

I'm surprised iPhone users aren't outraged by this. (look at what happened to Vistas DRM!) But maybe they like getting their iPhone chained down and destroyed...

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