Those people who say paying for something that was previously free and how that represents great value because, like, you know, you have to pay for it, innit.
The app offers much more than just laptimes and splits. If it was just an iOS port of the age old Java applet I'd be unhappy too. You can see sector speed trap figures, current tyres and history (and how many laps they've done), gaps, car locations around the track, you get commentary, replays (super handy if you've been away and recorded the session on a DVR). This year you can also follow a selected driver's gear, RPM and speed throughout a lap and compare drivers through a couple of selected corners per track (entry and apex speed). The new audio stuff is also exciting, but it seems a bit spotty for now.
It used to be a premium app (i.e. not a free download, but bought before installation), but now the season pass is an in-app-purchase. There's free functionality in the app, which doesn't include the splits. I can see the logic in removing the splits from the Java applet too to make the free offering homogenous across platforms. If I was managing the business, I would've probably done the same thing.
I can also understand why people, who were not paying anything for the data service, are pissed off. I can't understand, why this is a surprise to anyone. Sports content is all going to be sold as services in the Internet. For FOM, this means business model change from B2B (selling to TV stations) to B2C. They have to start somewhere while being careful not to lose their existing revenue stream while completely changing the business model. I think the data application is a logical place to being this process. As an F1 enthusiast, I can't wait to be offered all the video & audio feeds as well as the data stream in a tablet app. If I want a bigger screen, I can use AirPlay to beam the tablet screen to my TV.
Edited by tormave, 15 March 2014 - 15:26.