More Thoughts on Yesterday's Release Notes Thing

Since posting my thoughts yesterday on the Camera+ release notes controversy, that post has proved incredibly popular, and I’ve gotten a lot of feedback on Twitter. Some positive, some not so much. I wanted to take a minute to explain why I felt so strongly about deleting Camera+ from my iPhone, since a few people have questioned my decision to do so.

I deleted Camera+ because I felt it was the right thing to do, on principle. Camera+ is a wonderful app — one that I’d happily used for a long time before yesterday’s shitshow — but just because it’s great and I paid for it doesn’t mean I’m obligated to continue using it. The comments made by Tap Tap Tap very much turned me off, because they were uncalled for and petty. More to the point, whatever gripes they have with iPhone 5C sales or especially Realmac’s situation with Clear absolutely do not have a place in their release notes. I know developers on occasion have fun with release notes, and I can appreciate those cleverly-worded instances, but this was not one of them. This was just a low-brow, bullshit way to take cheap shots at the expense of others. And I didn’t like it.

And because I didn’t like it, I chose not to support Tap Tap Tap’s business anymore by deleting their app. I’ve always been a big supporter of the indie iOS development community, and I’m grateful enough to be friendly with a few, so I don’t like it when someone intentionally stirs the out of spite or a horribly misguided attempt at humor. It’s not good for their reputation, not good for customers, and certainly not good for the community.