Last week, The Verge's Walt Mossberg began shouting at the App Store to get off his lawn:
The problem is that lots of software has a short shelf life, that novelties are just that. Unless an app like Instagram, Spotify, Google Maps, or an addictive, evolving game that attracts your attention daily, it’s likely to end up on life support. It could remain on your phone, gradually migrating to a place where it’s rarely seen or is always swiped past, until it’s finally deleted.
Today, eight years later, I could never write this column I co-authored in 2008, 11 days after the Apple App Store opened. It marveled that the store already offered over 900 apps, that 90 percent were under $10 or even free, and even included shout-outs to "More Cowbell!," "Touch Tarot," and more serious products like Evernote and Truphone, the first VoIP app for iPhone. There are still scores of tarot apps, numerous cowbell apps, and loads of VoIP apps, even though Wi-Fi calling is now built into iOS, and Apple’s own free VoIP app, FaceTime, appeared in 2010.
I just don’t feel that excited any more. Few smartphone veterans do. The App Store was new and brilliant then. It’s really, really old and dull now.
Now, go delete some apps. You’ll thank me later.
So old. So dull. Tim Cook on Twitter yesterday:
July was a record-breaker for the @AppStore! Highest-ever monthly billings and money paid to developers.
Chronic app fatigue — apparently it's not contagious.