Apple decrees death to "cookie-cutter" iPhone apps
It seems that Apple isn't going to stand for that anymore.
TechCrunch has been following Apple's communications with software developers who sell templated iPhone apps, and the end is apparently nigh for applications that don't bring anything new to the table. On the list of potential casualties: branded RSS apps that are nothing but site feeds in shiny wrappers. These cookie-cutter apps haven't been pulled yet, but developers have been warned that they need to distinguish their software.
This sounds like nothing but good news to me. Either customers get improved apps, or the detritus of the App Store gets cleared away, making strong, innovative apps more visible. If I were running a cookie-cutter app factory right now, I'd be a little worried. On the other hand, smaller development houses should probably go out tonight and raise a glass to Apple for this new policy.