Guess what. After opening up the app store a wee bit, web browsers are now heavily in demand in the Apple App store. First Opera Mini for iPhone saw several million downloads and now Skyfire; which was recently launched for the iPhone and converts Flash content to HTML5; has just been knocked out of the app store.
No, Apple did not take out Skyfire, it was taken down by the developers themselves due to heavy demand. In case of Skyfire, Apple did not take them out and instead they themselves stopped sales due to overwhelming demand. If you try to visit the app store link for Skyfire, you will see a notice as displayed below.
Unlike Opera, which is free, Skyfire is priced at $2.99, but the number of sales they got resulted in bad user experience for the video conversions. The developers blogged about taking the app out of the app store:
Skyfire for iPhone has been received with unbelievable enthusiasm. Despite our best attempts and predictions, the demand far exceeds our initial projections.
The user experience was performing well for the first few hours, but as the surge continued, the peak load on our servers and bandwidth caused the video experience to degrade.
Thus we are effectively sold out’ and will temporarily not accept new purchases from the App Store. We are working really hard to increase capacity and will be accepting new purchases from the App Store as soon as we can support it.
We are very grateful for the demand. Within 5 hours, Skyfire for iPhone became the top grossing app, the third highest paid app overall and the top application in the Utilities category. Wow!
So within 5 hours of being released, users managed to take down the app out of the app store, which suggests that they might have roughly sold anywhere between 300K to 750K copies. Now, that’s not bad business at all for 5 hours, is it?