When Apple released the iPad, iOS developers had a choice.
While touting the ability to run "almost all of the over 140,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone or iPod touch," Apple clearly wanted its tablet to inspire developers to create bigger and better interfaces that took advantage of all 9.7 inches. But things are trickier with the mini.
Let's say you have a beautiful garden with a well-manicured lawn, shimmering koi pond and brilliant bands of flowering plants. Now imagine some jerk shows up and starts dumping trash, ripping out flowers and pouring toxic waste into the water--it would take months to clean and would never look the same.
But if there was a way to contain the damage, say by building a small box around the perpetrator, cleanup would be a breeze and the rest of your garden would stay pristine.
Replace "jerk" with "malware" and "garden" with "Mac," and you've got the essence of sandboxing, a security measure that, in Apple's own words, "protects the system by limiting the kinds of things an application can do, such as accessing files on disk or resources over the network." So if, for example, your favorite music player suddenly decides it wants to randomly trash files on your system, the virtual sandbox will prevent it from doing that.
As part of Apple's update goodness today, developers had to be tickled with one piece of software that saw a refresh, Xcode. Not only did it add some new features, but it's price went from $4.99 to free for anyone who might have an Apple ID and access to the Mac App Store.
YGN identified security issues on an Apple Developers Website April 25 and immediately notified Apple. Although Apple responded on April 27, they did not fix the problems, and YGN threatened to go public with information about how to exploit the security issues a few days ago. According to YGN, just one day after the news spread about their threat, Apple finally fixed the issues.
Apple's developer website for Mac OS X, iPhone, and iPad is ripe for hacking, according to YGN Ethical Hacking Group. YGN, allegedly based out of Myanmar, claims that a malicious hacker could exploit three potential security holes in this website to launch phishing attacks. If successful, such attacks cause users to unknowingly enter credentials into a fake web page.
The relationship between Apple and its iOS developers may be contentious at times, but never let it be said that Cupertino doesn’t know which side its bread is buttered on. On Monday, the iPhone maker came forward to defend its developers against a brewing patent battle with Lodsys over in-app purchases.
Is it that time already? Apple announced Monday morning that this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off in San Francisco on June 6, with the five-day event taking place at Moscone West as usual. So who’s excited?
In a bid to catch up to the runaway success of Apple's App Store, Microsoft is dangling a carrot of financial incentive in front of App Developers to build software for their Windows 7 Mobile platform.