Tag Archive | "developers"

Apple’s earnings from the viewpoint of an iOS developer

Saturday, January 26, 2013

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Yeah yeah, Apple’s record breaking earnings didn’t leave the folks on Wall Street singing Apple’s praises. But if we take a step back and discard that investor BS for a second, the sheer volume of iOS devices Apple sold last quarter is breathtaking: 47.8 million iPhones, 22.9 million iPads, and 7.9 million iPod Touches. That’s [...]

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Apple now locking app screenshots upon approval to thwart scamware

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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In a welcome move designed to thwart the efforts of scamware on the iTunes App Store, Apple announced yesterday via its Developer Portal that app screenshots uploaded and approved by the app review team will remain locked. Apple notes: Beginning January 9, app screenshots will be locked in iTunes Connect once your app has been approved. [...]

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Facebook releases revamped and much speedier iOS app

Thursday, August 23, 2012

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In the face of complaints about sluggishness, Facebook today released a completely rewritten version of their iOS app that promises to be a whole lost faster. The updated app does away with HTML 5 and is built using Objective C, making it much more like a native iOS app. You’ll be hard pressed to notice [...]

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Android Fragmentation Visualized

Friday, July 6, 2012

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You may have already seen this, but this chart from OpenSignalMaps is worth revisiting, especially now that Google, arguably for the first time, seems to be taking the issue of fragmentation seriously. BGR described the chart below two months ago: Using data from 681,900 devices that downloaded the firm’s software over the past six months, [...]

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Apple to release new tracking tool for developers to replace UDIDs

Saturday, June 9, 2012

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Ahead of WWDC, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple will be bestowing upon developers a new way to track users while simultaneously protecting user privacy. This is an important announcement, if true, following Apple’s relatively recent decision that precludes developers from using Unique Device Identifiers (UDID) as a means to collect data such [...]

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Why iOS apps tend to look more elegant than their Android counterparts

Monday, April 30, 2012

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It’s not a stretch to say that the same mobile app on iOS and Android devices don’t always look the same, which is to say that iOS apps tend to look more refined and elegant than their Android counterparts. This phenomenon isn’t necessarily and solely rooted in the efforts of developers themselves, but is also [...]

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RIM removes ability for BlackBerry PlayBook users to sideload apps

Monday, April 9, 2012

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Funny how many of the things Apple’s iPhone used to get chided for – lack of a removable battery, no Flash support – are now becoming standardized across all platforms. In the most recent example, RIM is removing the ability for BlackBerry PlayBook users to sideload apps. Under the new scheme, users will have to [...]

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Stanford and Apple, quite the dynamic duo

Monday, March 19, 2012

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The USA Today reports on the ongoing and close relationship Apple has with Stanford University. The connections between Stanford and Apple are of course extensive and well documented. Stanford has a wildly popular iPhone development course taught by Apple employees, and Apple plucks with great regularity Stanford grads. One prominent Stanford alum is Scott Forstall [...]

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Apple’s iTunes App Store reaches 25 billion downloads

Saturday, March 3, 2012

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After just over four and a half years, Apple’s iTunes App Store reached an unprecedented milestone yesterday when it registered its 25 billionth download. Yep, that’s billion with a ‘B’. Apple announced the achievement early on Saturday. Over the past few weeks, Apple has been touting its 25 billion download app contest wherein the lucky [...]

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Google’s Andy Rubin plans to “double down” on Android tablets, effectively blames developers for poor Android sales

Friday, March 2, 2012

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Google’s strategy with Android has proven masterful when it comes to smartphones, but in the tablet space, an endless stream of Android-based tablets have done little to nothing in the face of Apple’s growing iPad domination. All told, Android tablets have moved about 12 million units in 2 years, which pales in comparison to the [...]

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Apple has paid out $4 billion to iOS developers

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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There’s no getting around the fact that Android as a platform continues to see significant growth. And while Google certainly likes to brag about the number of daily Android activations, the fact remains that developers are still choosing Apple’s iOS platform over Android. The end result is that apps often debut on the iTunes App [...]

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Apple cleans out scamware apps from iTunes

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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Apple’s iTunes App Store is a billion dollar business, and developers stand to make millions upon millions if they’re able to launch an immensely popular app. And because of that, the appeal in churning out scamware apps that attempt to confuse consumers into purchasing hastily assembled apps that shamelessly rip off already popular apps is [...]

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