Ever wonder how iOS developers get some of the inspiration for their apps? In the case of Elite Platinum’s latest Singing Daisies app, the influence came from the heart and mind of the developer’s nine-year-old daughter, who he credits with coming up with the whole idea in the first place.
Apple seeds yet another iOS 5 beta to developers on Wednesday night, an over the air update less than half the size of the last one with few obvious changes -- with the exception of killing what appeared to be streaming music tracks through the iTunes Match beta.
Is Apple working overtime preparing iOS 5 ready for release? That would appear to be the case, as the company slipped out Beta 5 of the next mobile operating system on Saturday, a rare move that is likely to make for a few cranky developers this lazy August weekend.
Those of us who have been around the computer world for a while remember well the classic RS-232 serial cable, long before the advent of USB, FireWire or Thunderbolt. Still widely in use today for scientific and retail products, iOS users can now tap into the fun with a new serial cable ready-made for the dock connector.
Apple’s iOS devices are enticing to adults who can afford them, but a new generation of kids have also become instantly engaged with them as well -- and developers are more than happy to keep them occupied with fresh new entertainment, including this week’s release of Ben 10 Triple Threat.
As the June 30 deadline approaches for developers to get on board with Apple’s new subscription policies, Hulu appears to be the first to deal with the problem in the simplest of ways -- by simply removing a link to their website from the iOS app.
The legal maneuverings between Apple and Lodsys are heating up. After Cupertino came to the defense of its developers in a patent threat from Lodsys regarding in-app purchases, Lodsys turned around and filed suit against seven iOS developers -- and now Apple is striking back.
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.
iOS developers currently reaping the rewards of Apple’s iAd platform have apparently lost at least one target audience: Children. A new report claims that Apple has quietly removed iAds from all apps aimed at the little ones, citing “a lack of interest from advertisers.”
When Apple announced that it would be taking a 30 percent cut from developers offering content for sale via an iOS app -- even outside of its walled garden -- many began worrying that their favorite apps would disappear. This week, the first of potentially many have announced just that.