With Android, at least you can install a standalone .apk on your real device, for free. The fee, last time I saw, was one-time only, and granted the right to publish the app in the play store.
With apple, what are you saying is that there is no way to install a standalone app? I mean, without getting root / jailbreak / anything fancy? I can understand the fee (even if it is not one-time only) for publishing it in the app store, but you can’t install what yourself produce on your own device, that you paid for…this is phone DRM for me.