Apple faces developer boycott

Fruity cargo-cult Apple is facing a boycott from its developers for not doing enough to protect them from IP trolls.

According to Ars Technica, iOS developers are boycotting Apple’s in-app purchasing APIs.

The move is designed to force Apple into responding to the lawsuits against developers using those APIs by the patent troll Lodsys.

Apple paid for a Lodsys licence for its own apps, but has done nothing to warn developers that lawyers from the outfit could come knocking on their door.

Indeed, some developers feel that Apple should have bought the Lodsys licence for all iPhone apps to protect them.

The boycott is being organised by developer and former Apple engineer Mike Lee who thinks Apple should step up and help them. Particularly since the outfit encouraged developers to use them.

It will mean that developers will not make software using in-app purchasing and are going to produce duplicate bug reports.

Lee said that developers are on the hook for using APIs that Apple supplied.

There is also a feeling that Apple should have defended itself against US Patent #7222078, “Methods and systems for gathering information from units of a commodity across a network” which could have been possibly invalid if any of the threatened developers took the case to trial.

None of the developers targeted by Lodsys could afford the lengthy and expensive legal process required to kill off the patent, so they think Apple should be the one to do it.

In the meantime if developers are going to get sued for using an API, it is better for them not to do so.

This will tigger a lot of products that add value to Apple’s iPhone.

It is a tactic which has worked before against Jobs’ Mob.

When Apple originally introduced the iPhone, it only offered support for web-based apps.

Developers hounded Apple, until it released the official iOS SDK that enabled native apps in the first place.