Five and a bit years after I released my first app, WeighMe, I’ve just deleted it and Pin Your Pics from the App Store. Here were the total downloads:
Total App Downloads
The reason I’ve zapped them is simple: it doesn’t make sense to continue to invest serious amounts of time in Objective C, in [for Pin Your Pics in particular] what developed into pretty large and complicated codebases. Apple made an announcement quite recently that support for iPhone X screen dimensions is about to become a mandatory requirement, which was going to be quite a bit of work for me.
But the more immediate death knell for Pin Your Pics came a few weeks ago when Google announced a change to their Maps API. Up until this month you could get an API key, and it would just stop working above a fairly generous threshold. Now you have to sign up with your card details. While my app usage is unlikely to trouble the new limit, it’s a chance I’m not prepared to take.
I am a bit gutted that, when Google cut over the API, the app is going to break quite unceremoniously, which is a bit rubbish for people using it. But I hadn’t updated it in ages and it was starting to get fairly unstable anyway.
I still code up the odd utility in Objective C but I’m not going to renew my developer subscription when it expires this year: I really can’t see myself publishing any more apps.
Some interesting numbers buried in the 5k download total. More than half were in China. I have no idea why. Also, that spike last September was weird: 1.9k downloads that month alone. I did absolutely no marketing for either of the apps. Finally, to my lone ‘customers’ in each of Uzbekistan and Kazakstan, thank you for using my apps, whoever you are :).
My year and a bit dalliance with Android concluded as of yesterday, when I took delivery of an iPhone 8. I’m going to start developing again [although I’m going to have to divide my attention with C#, which I’m learning at work].
I’ll need to dust down a couple of projects: I have a password manager which I wrote as an experiment to learn about the Touch ID back in the day. I also really need to update my apps on the App Store…
…All of which leads me in a round about way to Pin Your Pics. It’s had very modest downloads since I released it: very low hundreds. That was up until July of this year, when it appears to have been ‘discovered’ in some way. I’ve no idea why or how. Anyway, this is what the downloads look like for this month which, by comparison to before, is pretty interesting:
Downloads for Pin Your Pics
I’m sure there’s every chance that it will sink without trace again.
Regardless, at some point in the next few weeks I’ll have a look at screen resolution – when I wrote it, it was fixed to the 5S screen dimensions, I think. Also, there’s a perennial bug with the controller for launching the camera, which I’ll have another bash at.
I’ve decided to let my Apple Developer subscription lapse in a couple of weeks. I wavered over the decision when I realised that my apps would be disappearing off the App Store. Before they go, I did a little digging on iTunes Connect to see how they’ve done. Badly: a combined total of 2.15k downloads since I released WeighMe in December 2012.
Despite the paltry totals – oh, and let’s not forget my $24 in sales! – I was impressed to see that the apps have been downloaded in a total of 77 countries. So, for my solitary users in Armenia, Ghana, Paraguay and Uzbekistan: thanks for the downloads, folks!
I want to learn Java so my next handset, when I upgrade some time around the end of the year, will be running Android. If the iPhone 7 is released without an audio jack [as is heavily rumoured], I’d jump ship regardless. I have enough chargers and whacky adapters to last me a lifetime without adding more for headphones.
All of which is a lovely story, but when I tried Android about three years ago, I hated it. And if Apple do buck the trend with the audio jacks, the rest of the manufacturers will probably follow suit. So I may quietly return to the fold and pretend that I’ve never been away :).