Why bother developing apps on Apple’s platforms?

I’ve been thinking a lot about how Apple have been conducting themselves lately, especially towards it’s development community. I’ve been toying with the idea of putting my development hat back on and get stuck into creating an app myself but I’ve returned my MacBook Pro and I’m on the fence about even bothering.

I want to feel like my efforts are both wanted and valued, especially when I need to invest in new hardware to even develop. This is a question I’m asking myself and not something that this post will resolve.

This post by Marco Arment really summed up how I’m feeling uncomfortable with how Apple are conducting their business right now. I don’t normally agree with his views but for this one some of his points ring true to how I’m feeling. . It’s certainly tainted my feeling of WWDC this year a bit and I’m not even a developer of a launched app yet.

It reminds me that as much as I love Apple in the way it conducts itself in a lot of areas, at the end of the day they are a business there to make money and act in their own best interests.