Category Archives: iOS

Serfs Of Apple

Launcher Followup and Thoughts on the App Store Review System

If developers don’t have explicit guidelines to go on and we can’t even use apps available on the App Store as an indicator of what is acceptable, our only choice is to potentially waste huge amounts of time working on apps that ultimately get rejected in an attempt to find something that will get accepted. I pleaded with this person to make public whatever guidelines they make available for app reviewers to decide what is acceptable and what is not regarding widgets. The Apple representative responded by saying that they prefer that the rules remain vague because that allows developers to come up with innovative ideas and also allows Apple to be flexible in case they change their minds later. When pressed on the issue of their policies leading to wasted developer time, I was told, “If you are afraid something you are working on will be rejected, then don’t work on it.”

To Apple, developer time is expendable because they don’t bear the brunt of the wasted months of development. As far as they’re concerned developers are an infinite number of monkeys on an infinite number of Macbooks and every once in a while, one of us stumbles upon an app that not only passes all of their written and unwritten guidelines, but is actually successful too. The opportunity cost of developers either not working on an app for fear of rejection, or wasted developer time when an app is ultimately rejected appears to be of no concern to them.

I’d really like to see an alternative to iOS and Android happen.

Devs shouldn’t be treated this way. Nor should writers.

And I call out Apple here, but the same nonchalance and attitude of disposability towards creators exists with Google, Amazon, and every other large goddammed company out there that’s managed to create a stranglehold for themselves.

Until we all stand up and bring the hammer of government down on their heads, everyone will continue to be treated just like the helpless suckers we are.

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Pipo Announces C1 Smartband

Weibo:

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Microsoft Wakes Up. Will Apple?

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Xiaomi MiBand iOS App Updated

Weibo:

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The Rumored iPad Pro

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Xiaomi MiBand App For iOS Released

Weibo:

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Current MiBand owners need to update the firmware or it won’t connect to the iPhone. iPhone owners lacking Android in their lives need to borrow someone’s phone to do that. Ouch.

Previously here:

Xiaomi MiBand iOS Software Peek
iOS Software For Xiaomi MiBand Coming

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Why Does iOS Use Less RAM Than Android?

How come the iPhone’s 1 GB RAM is touted to be able to compete with more than 2 GB RAM of Android phones?

So, there we go.

Not only is Android behind in that respect, but also in the optimizations and OS components that make viewing Google Books PDFs on iOS a better experience.

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Teclast Announces iOS Storage Stick

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iOS Gets Easy Storage Expansion

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iPhone and iPad Get Extra Storage and Easy Back-Ups With SanDisk iXpand

I used iXpand to watch videos while flying over the weekend: The app’s built-in video player can read more video formats than the iPad’s default video playing app—including the Microsoft-friendly WMV and AVI—and I didn’t have to mess around with copying the videos over to the iPad to get them to play. (It won’t play DRM movies, like the ones you’d buy from iTunes, however.)

Very interesting.

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Staples Has Retina iPad Mini For Cheap

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Apple iPad mini with Retina display with WiFi 16GB, Space Gray

That’s the lowest non-Black Friday price I’ve ever seen.

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