Apple to iPhone developers: Please make your apps less useful

By on August 27, 2009 at 4:01 PM.

Apple to iPhone developers: Please make your apps less useful

Apple strikes again. Normally, when an iPhone/iPod touch app gets updated it’s good news. Woo hoo — new features, new fun! iStat users who updated their app to the latest version that became available this afternoon however, were in for a little surprise… From iStat developer Bjango’s site:

Where did ‘Free Memory’ go?

iStat’s Free Memory function was removed at Apple’s request.

This decision was completely out of our hands. Please note that all other apps with Free Memory appear to have been removed or updated without their Free Memory function too.

This was not taken lightly—we examined our choices, taking a lot of public feedback on board. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and we do not plan to remove any other features from iStat.

If you choose (and you haven’t already updated), you can continue to run iStat version 1.0. You’ll miss out on new features, but you’ll get to keep the Free Memory feature.

We are very committed to ensuring iStat is the best iPhone and iPod Touch monitoring tool. Free Memory has been removed, but a lot of other useful features will be added in its place.

Garbage. The free memory function found within iStat and other similar applications allowed users to clear out wired and inactive memory, thus reducing drain on battery life and improving device performance without the need for a reboot. To be perfectly frank, it was the only reason we purchased and continued to use iStat. Forgetting about this specific function for a moment, it is completely unfair to both developers and users alike for Apple to approve functionality in an application and then force its removal in later versions. Moreover, it is absolutely unethical. In other industries, this practice is a form of ‘bait and switch’. In the App Store, it’s just another day at the office.

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3,563,849th image of Apple's tablet surfaces

By on August 15, 2009 at 11:45 AM.

3,563,849th image of Apple's tablet surfaces

Behold! The latest “no seriously, this is the real thing!” image of Apple’s forthcoming, maybe real, definitely imminent, 100 percent fabricated, probably not, kind of confirmed tablet computer hit the net this morning. This time around, it comes from a French blog with a fair track record and its source is not disclosed. Right on. The image shows a device that certainly fits in with the design of the iPhone/iPod touch and iMac, though the placement of the home key is a bit odd considering such a device would be held by its ends. The most interesting aspect of this particular iPad/MacBook Touch/Macblet/iTab/Aplet/etc is the depiction of OS X on the display. Recent analyst guesses indicated that the device would run some iteration of the iPhone OS rather than some iteration of Leopard, but this image suggests otherwise. Whatever. Hit the jump for a zoomed out version of the shot and then hit the comment section to tell us how you know with absolute certainty that this image is fake because you’re a forensic scientist who specializes in Apple tablet authentication.

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Devs begin testing iPhone push notifications in AP News app

By on May 18, 2009 at 7:10 PM.

Devs begin testing iPhone push notifications in AP News app

As Apple fans around the world eagerly await WWDC, a new iPhone model and perhaps most importantly iPhone OS 3.0, developers just got the call they’ve been waiting for. During the course of the next seven days, various devs will be testing iPhone OS push notifications in the upcoming version of the AP News app. As you can see in the screen capture above, each app can have Sounds, Alerts and Badge notifications toggled individually. Want an audio alert for new IM messages but only a badge for new @replies in your favorite Twitter app? No problem. We can’t say we’re overly fond of the notifications menu placement within the settings app as opposed to within each individual app, but at least it’s something. Hit the jump for two more screenshots.

Thanks, Clifton!

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Say hello to redsn0w

By on April 9, 2009 at 12:03 PM.

Say hello to redsn0w

Well lookie what we have here, iPod Touch owners. As exciting as the upcoming 3.0 OS is, and as much as we know you can’t wait to pay for it while iPhone users get it for free, we all know that most of the desirable capabilities brought about by 3.0 are already available — if you jailbreak. We’ve been waiting for quite some time and just a a short while ago, the Dev Team dropped the bomb. Redsn0w… Beta… Is ready. Oh and the best part? Windows, Linux and OS X are all covered with this first beta release. Ok, we’ll shut up now and let you get to it. As always, let us know how it goes in the comments section.

[Via Dev-Team Blog]

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Apple finally invents copy/paste and MMS; iPhone 3.0 gets official

By on March 17, 2009 at 2:30 PM.

Apple finally invents copy/paste and MMS; iPhone 3.0 gets official

We all know as soon as a feature comes to the iPhone, Apple invented it right? Perfect examples are the full touchscreen form factor, mobile apps, visual voicemail and the accelerometer — all brought to market by Cupertino. But none of those things are Apple inventions, you say? Pfff, clearly you’ve never met an Apple fanboy. So let’s take a look at a few of Apple’s latest mobile inventions fresh from today’s town hall:

  • Push notifications for apps. Finally. As you well know, this will allow the iPhone/iPod Touch to be notified (via a badge, text pop up and/or audio alert) in near real-time of a new server-side event associated with a specific app. Think of it as a poor man’s answer to background processes. Background processes, by the way, are not an addition to version 3.0. Apple’s excuses: Battery performance and memory strain.
  • Updated media player adjusts streaming video quality according to current bandwidth.
  • Cut, copy and paste. That’s right folks, Apple’s polio vaccine. Double-tap to select text, drag start/end points and do your thang. You can even shake to undo/redo edits.
  • Send multiple images at once. Joy.
  • Wider landscape keyboard availability. Apple finally tossed the landscape keyboard into all native apps, including Mail. Thank you.
  • MMS! Hooray for decade-old tech! SMS and MMS are now lumped into a Messages app. It won’t be available on 2G (1st gen) iPhones.
  • New calendar features. CalDAV allows for sharing across a bunch of services such as Google and Yahoo and .ics subscription support.
  • Flushed out Stocks app.
  • Extended search. Users can now search in all key apps including Calendar, iPod, Notes and Mail.
  • Spotlight for iPhone. A “search homescreen”. It’s like Spotlight for Mac and it only searches native Apple apps.
  • Bluetooth A2DP support (stereo Bluetooth) — but it won’t be available on 2G (1st gen) iPhones.
  • Tethering.

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Konami releases new Metal Gear Solid Touch screen shots; wait almost over

By on March 12, 2009 at 7:45 AM.

Konami releases new Metal Gear Solid Touch screen shots; wait almost over

With Metal Gear Solid Touch dropping next Wednesday, Konami decided to push out one more round of screen shots in an effort to rekindle interest as the company prepares to finally release its first crack at MGS for Apple handsets. Konami also reiterated release details as follows:

A special ‘Advance Edition’ of Metal Gear Solid Touch containing the first 12 stages of the game is scheduled for release on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in March of 2009. The final release will follow with eight additional stages of gameplay, and will be available to existing players via a free update on the Apple App Store.

Metal Gear Solid Touch, officially announced back in December, had plenty of MGS fans excited until gameplay details were released. For one reason or another, interest quickly faded. Judging from the game trailer and screen caps however, MGST is going to be a pretty solid display of the iPhone / iPod Touch’s gaming capabilities as the title is fairly graphics-intensive for a mobile game. It will be interesting to see how MGST is received, especially at $9.99 a pop, when it finally drops next week. Recap: Metal Gear Solid Touch, meh, 12 levels on March 18th, eight more later, $9.99. Anyone excited or has the ship already sailed? Hit the jump for more screen shots.

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Cydia creator looking to launch competitive paid app store

By on March 6, 2009 at 9:40 AM.

Cydia creator looking to launch competitive paid app store

Cupertino will be none too happy to hear the news but Cydia creator Jay Freeman is looking to turn Cydia into an all-out application store. Cydia, for those unaware, is one of two hubs iPhone and iPod Touch owners use to obtain unauthorized apps on jailbroken handsets. Think of it as a cross between the App Store and the Linux repository system. Currently, the overwhelming majority of apps that can be obtained via Cydia are free but there are some paid options. Payments mechanisms used however, are at the discretion of the developer. Freeman is looking to change all that by implementing a centralized payment system and offering developers an equal or better revenue split in comparison to Apple’s App Store. With a lawyer in tow, Freeman appears to welcome a response from Apple though when real money gets involved you can bank on the fact that Apple will begin to take jailbreaking much, MUCH more seriously. Beyond any legal action the company will inevitably take, expect anti-jailbreaking measures from Apple’s software developers to kick into overdrive. Forget all that though — the most important question of course, is what will Freeman name his new shop? Let’s see… Store, World and Market are all taken; Our vote is for App Shack.

[Via Giz]

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Apple releases 2.2.1 software for the iPhone and iPod Touch

By on January 27, 2009 at 2:51 PM.

Apple releases 2.2.1 software for the iPhone and iPod Touch

iPhone and iPod Touch owners rejoice – Apple has just pushed out its latest OS, version 2.2.1. True, we already know this latest build won’t bring push notifications along with it, but it must be packing something new and cool right?

This update contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following:
– Improved general stability of Safari
– Fixed issue where some images saved from Mail do not display correctly in the Camera Roll
– Fixed issue that caused some Apple Lossless (ALAC) audio files to skip during playback [iPod Touch]

Well, umm, that’s cool we guess. We imagine there are a few other items attended to in this new OS build but if you have a jailbroken and/or unlocked iPhone or iPod Touch, this is apparently one OS update you won’t mind holding off on until the Dev Team gives the all clear. The rest of you can get to updating via iTunes and let us know how it goes.

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redsn0w almost a go; Dev Team demos iPod Touch 2G jailbreak

By on January 18, 2009 at 11:02 AM.

redsn0w almost a go; Dev Team demos iPod Touch 2G jailbreak

So let it be written, so let it be done. MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team took a few minutes out of his busy day of freeing Apple products to demo some iPod Touch 2G jailbreak goodness via Qik. For those who missed it, the video is above and a quick follow up video answering some more common questions has been posted as well. In a nutshell, the 2G jailbreak circumvents the Apple-introduced antijailbreak function where the iTouch would stop booting if it detected a jailbreak present. Apple should know better of course, and it was only a matter of time before the Dev Team found a hole. As of right now redsn0w isn’t yet ready for prime time but don’t expect the wait to be all too long – nothing seems to take very long with our favorite iPwners behind the wheel.

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LogMeIn launches LogMeIn Ignition for iPhone and iPod Touch

By on December 22, 2008 at 2:56 PM.

LogMeIn launches LogMeIn Ignition for iPhone and iPod Touch

LogMeIn users rejoice! The creator of one of the most popular remote computer access solutions available has just announced the availability of its iPhone / iPod Touch application. Now, Apple handset owners can use the new LogMeIn Ignition app to access any and all of their registered computers while on the go – or from the couch if they’re just too lazy to get up and move to a computer. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the solution, LogMeIn allows users to remotely access and control any PC or Mac anywhere in the world. A small program is installed on the computer(s) you wish to access and as long as the software is running and connected, you can take control of it from any computer using a standard web browser – without having to download or install any software. Simply log into your account, choose the computer you’d like to access from your list and viola – you’re looking at your remote computer screen in a matter of seconds. Now, the same can be said for the iPhone and iPod Touch, short of the ‘no software to install’ part of course. Upon opening the LogMeIn ignition app, you’re presented with a list of your available computers. Choose the one you’d like to connect to and boom, you’re done. The remote computer’s screen is displayed on your handset and you have access to a whole host of standard functions and controls. iPhone / iPod Touch owners with a need for mobile remote computer access should most definitely check LogMeIn Ignition out, which rings up at a reasonable $29.99.

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iPhone 2.2.1 to bring push notifcations? Not so much

By on November 30, 2008 at 3:49 PM.

iPhone 2.2.1 to bring push notifcations? Not so much

A developer posted on a Russian iPhone forum yesterday that upon receiving the latest beta iPhone software, version 2.2.1, he discovered the much-awaited presence of push notification support. Woo hoo! He describes OTA syncing of Apple’s notes and calendar apps and the presence of push notifications to indicate that new notes are available. While you may have read this news around the net this morning and gotten pretty excited, anticipating a day when software such as Instant Messengers and social networking apps might actually be useful on the iPhone, we thought it was important to let you know that today is not that day. The site that houses the forum has posted an update to the blog post that brought attention to the push notification claim, and has stated the original posting was indeed a fake. So iPhone owners, don’t do your happy dance just yet. Apple still hasn’t made good on its push notification promise and while it’s certainly possible that the iPhone may get support soon, it’s still looking unlikely for 2.2.1.

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iPhone and iPod Touch get Netflix queue management thanks to i.TV

By on November 16, 2008 at 4:07 PM.

iPhone and iPod Touch get Netflix queue management thanks to i.TV

It took a while, as it typically does, but once again an App Store app has brought official iPhone / iPod Touch support for something a jailbroken app has provided for over a year. This time, it’s Netflix queue management. Like iFlix, a widely popular app for jailbroken Apple handsets, i.TV has now added Netflix queue management to the long list of supported TV and movie-related functionality it provides. i.TV users can quickly and easily view movies available from Netflix, read summaries and cast info, check out movie ratings and of course add or remove movies from a Netflix queue. The app is still completely free and available via the Apple App Store. Maybe the i.TV developers will also add Blockbuster Total Access support to the app – we think there still might be three or four subscribers.

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