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Jobs: 60 million downloads, $30 million sales in App Store’s first month

Speaking in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Steve Jobs revealed that the App Store saw more than 60 million downloads in its first month, with an average of $1 million in sales per day, for a monthly total of around $30 million. That puts Apple on pace for $360 million a year in new revenue from the App Store. “This thing’s going to crest a half a billion, soon,” Jobs said. “Who knows, maybe it will be a $1 billion marketplace at some point in time.” “I’ve never seen anything like this in my career for software,” he added. Jobs pointed out that Apple isn’t likely to make much of a direct profit off the store, but is instead hoping to use the App Store to sell more iPhones and iPod touch devices. “Phone differentiation used to be about radios and antennas and things like that,” he said. “We think, going forward, the phone of the future will be differentiated by software.” Finally, Jobs confirmed that Apple has the capability to remotely disable any software purchased from the App Store, but argued that Apple needs it in case it inadvertently allows a malicious program, such as one that stole users’ personal data, to be distributed to iPhones through the App Store. “Hopefully we never have to pull that lever, but we would be irresponsible not to have a lever like that to pull,” Jobs said.

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“Apple has the capability to remotely disable any software purchased from the App Store, but argued that Apple needs it in case it inadvertently allows a malicious program, such as one that stole users’ personal data, to be distributed to iPhones through the App Store. “Hopefully we never have to pull that lever, but we would be irresponsible not to have a lever like that to pull,” Jobs said.”

Question:
Would anyone here feel comfortable if Apple had the ability to delete files remotely on your laptop?

Essentially Jobs is saying, “Here’s a computer / iPhone… go and download and purchase software for it.  If you download any software that we deem malicious, we will reach into your computer at night and delete whatever we feel we need to..”

That’s insane!

Posted by Mark on August 11, 2008 at 10:51 AM (CDT)

2

This makes me want to get an Apple-proof firewall for my iPhone!

Posted by Mark on August 11, 2008 at 11:02 AM (CDT)

3

30 million in software sales?

So that’s what… 30,000 copies of “I’m Rich”???

Posted by ort on August 11, 2008 at 1:57 PM (CDT)

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C’mon, people.  where does Steve Jobs (or even the article) say that they can log into your computers and delete files?  yes, i think it’s weird that they have a “kill switch”, but let’s just take what he says at face value.

almost all software companies have some type of a reporting service built in. 

if you have issues with that, just don’t buy an iPhone, nor any of Apple’s products then.  you know people are gonna buy it no matter what.

Posted by phongsta on August 11, 2008 at 4:02 PM (CDT)

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addendum:  it’s just an app disabler meant to, well, disable apps that Apple deems malicious.  then again, i understand the flipside to that…  Apple hasn’t proven any examples of shutting out the wrong apps, yet (case in point: I am Rich BS app).  but still…  it’s not like Apple hides a trojan horse and maliciously takes over your home network and personal files. 

Apple wants your money and they’re trying to protect their customers who bought iPhones, be it an almost Big Brother way, but we still have to take it at face value.  it’s not like the Feds just announced that we had to install an app to on our phones….  it’s just Apple. 

Microsoft, on the other hand, has a lot of dirty little ways they can monitor your computer.  now complain about that.

Posted by phongsta on August 11, 2008 at 4:07 PM (CDT)

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A quote from today’s Mix story:

Apple products, in particular the iPhone, are drawing increased attention from hackers as they gain in popularity worldwide, according to an AFP report. “There are more eyes looking over Apple products for vulnerabilities,” security vulnerability analyst Cameron Hotchkies said in an interview at the annual DefCon hacker conference. Hotchkies pointed to the soon-after-release “jailbreaking” of the iPhone 3G as an example, saying “it shows people are getting proficient at analyzing Apple software.” “There are people looking at the iPhone. We pass vulnerabilities on to vendors, and when I communicate with Apple the first thing they ask is if we’ve tested it on the iPhone. They don’t want to be surprised,” Hotchkies added.”

That being said, wouldn’t you like to know there is a contingency plan just in case? The above isn’t just about “jailbreaking” and given that the App Store is populated by outside vendors, basically, I don’t have a problem with Apple’s ability to turn a malicious app off. There is an unfortunate amount of ill-will towards the iPhone, given it’s popularity, and don’t think for a moment there isn’t some significant desire out there to have it fall flat on it’s face.

Posted by Jordan on August 11, 2008 at 5:40 PM (CDT)

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“Would anyone here feel comfortable if Apple had the ability to delete files remotely on your laptop?

Essentially Jobs is saying, “Here’s a computer / iPhone… go and download and purchase software for it.  If you download any software that we deem malicious, we will reach into your computer at night and delete whatever we feel we need to..”

That’s insane!”

Actually, it is totally different, while I am an open-source nerd, I use the app-store. And while it is an invasion of personal decision, it is not a total invasion of privacy. Basically this ability is so that if anybody submits an bad app and it gets approved and downloaded even though it is against service terms, they can remove it from the store and your iPhone. A great example of where this would be necessary is if a P2P app gets past Apple’s testing and causes major stress on AT&Ts;network while breaking apple’s service terms, it could be removed from all the iPhones. Hopefully, apple would refund your money too. There is no way in which Apple could view personal files in this operation.

Posted by Ian on August 11, 2008 at 11:48 PM (CDT)

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