Ars Technica has posted a story this morning about the application “iShoot” which, after the release of a “lite” version, has been sitting at the top of the iPhone App heap for a few days now.
Apparently the developer of the App has earned over $100,000 at this point, and has quit his day job at Sun Microsystems because of the success of this application.
We’ve heard similar reports that the team at “iSteam” has made the same kind of cash from their gimmicky steam application.
It’s amazing to see the success of these applications, and with iShoot it looks like we’re dealing with a full fledged game. With iSteam and (ugh) iFart, though, we’re looking at more gimmicky, “drop $0.99 on me, I’m good for laugh” apps, and I’m concerned that we might at the beginning of an unhealthy trend for iPhone App Development.
I sincerely hope that people will continue to develop and focus on high quality applications that add value to the iPhone, and not just focus on gimmicky “get rich quick” apps.
Eventually the well will run dry on this type of thing – I’m just not sure how long that’s going to take.