Nothing sets diehard Apple fans’ hearts aflutter quite like an alleged email from Apple CEO Steve Jobs — and if you’re a diehard Apple fan, today is your lucky day. Mac Rumors reports that one of its forum members recently received a reply from Jobs in response to an AirPlay inquiry sent last week. In his email, the Apple fan asked Jobs if his company’s “seriously amazing” new AirPlay feature would ever become available for video in Safari and third-party apps. Jobs’ response, according to the report, was an affirmative: “Yep, hope to add these features to Airplay in 2011.” The authenticity of the email is anything but confirmed, but Jobs is known to reply to the odd email here and there so it’s entirely feasible that this is the real deal. More →
If this news doesn’t rile up some jilted developers, we don’t know what will. In the past, Apple had been very strict about apps that duplicate functionality of native apps already found on the iPhone. Several developers were denied their applications and then were pretty much told to keep quiet about everything. Now, it seems as though one has slipped underneath Apple’s powerful radar with BdEmailer. The related press release states that BdEmailer is “the first wide email iPhone app that supports client SMTP.” Great. An extra email app is no biggie except for the fact that it duplicates the iPhone’s email client (and the iPod, too). Whether this was a slip up and it ends up getting pulled remains to be seen but maybe Apple is just saying, screw it, let’s just make it happen. If the folks in Cupertino are begin to lighten up, it could be good news for developers who have been having trouble getting their apps approved – just don’t count on it.