Talk about an earth shattering development. According to the latest rumor discussed on AppleInsider, Apple may be softening its stance on application sharing, making it possible for iPhone users to share their applications with their family members. If you own an iPhone, you know that you don’t get to test an application before purchasing it. You probably do what I do which is trying the lite version of the app you want to buy to find out whether it’s worth spending money on. But not all developers offer lite distributions, and they are a hassle to deal with anyway as once you have bought your app, you’ll have to go and delete the lite version.
It seems the latest feature being considered by Apple will make it easy for anyone to share their applications they love with their friends or family members. But here is the catch: they won’t be able to play the full-version until they’ve bought their own license. Apple may even consider allowing people to play with the full versions but with a limit with a number of times you can use it. And to make matters even better, Apple may introduce a commission system to allow you to earn money or credit once the other side has purchased your application.
Overall, this is a wonderful development that could provide a lot of value to app buyers. I have personally bought a lot of useless applications. You can never be sure about the quality of reviews you see in iTunes, which means you can easily fall for fake reviews. With this new feature, you can test an app before purchasing it. Apple ends up selling more apps, and you and your friends end up getting the best apps. Everybody wins!