Nice timing, Steve Jobs.
It's certainly an impressive feat, given that Apple launched the applications marketplace only two summers ago. It took just six months to double up on the 1.5 billion downloads that the company chalked up during the App Store's rookie year.
The timing of the press release is certainly no accident. This was supposed to be Google's
Apple has a funny -- or tactically brilliant -- way of crashing the party. When Palm
This doesn't mean that Apple isn't entitled to App Store bragging rights. It has truly been a game-changer in the smartphone revolution. It has armed indie developers with the tools to get noticed, and it has breathed new life into app-savvy companies including Vonage
However, there is no way that the timing of Apple's press release is a coincidence. Jobs has plenty of practice in pulling the rug from under his competitors -- and he just did it again.
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