Not to be confused with Apple's own Planet of the Apps TV show, Story & Pixel are on the point of releasing App: The Human Story, a documentary talking to all sorts of makers and users of Apps about what the last 10 years has been like for folks with the knowledge and talent to turn their ideas into software. Here's the trailer:

I'm slightly worried that the whole thing could overdose on euphoric pronouncements that the ability for users to use software on their smartphones is the greatest revolution in human affairs since the printing press, but I'd like to think that they're going to get beyond that superficial approach and explore a certain amount of the good and bad sides of how App culture has changed software production, sometimes for better (the relative stability and uniformity of the software platform meaning that it's a huge market) and worse (the way that Apple's enforcement of the rules on their platform has impacted upon the ability of software writers to deal with their customers compared to life before iOS.) Looking at the list of contributors from the project's Kickstarter page, I'd expect that there'd be some differing perspectives on display: that'll be the real test of whether the project was worth backing.1

  1. For example, I can imagine that this far into the App era there's some temptation to just close down the discussion by arguing that Apple's rules are just a fact of life that any app developer who wants to take advantage of iOS just has to live with, so what's the point of discussing other ways Apple could have set things up. I'd be really disappointed if that was the way the film went: not because I'm eager to see App developers re-litigate the arguments from the dawn of the iOS app era, but because it's important to recognise that these were choices nd other answers were available. Who knows, one day Apple will get round to a thorough revamp of iOS and it'd be good to keep in mind what could have been done differently.