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.
Furthering the premise of easing their software into the Mac App Store, today Apple released Xcode 4 for free for registered developers, but now everyone else can purchase the development environment for Mac OS X and iOS in the Mac App Store for $4.99. The download comes in at a size of 4.24 GB, so be prepared to make some popcorn while you wait.
Apple may be taking a few lumps today over this e-book in-app purchasing scandal, but that’s not stopping them from moving forward with a third beta of the forthcoming iOS 4.3 this fine Tuesday afternoon.
Don’t worry, Rovio -- your spot at the top of the paid iPhone apps chart is secure for now. But that free version of Angry Birds? Not so much, thanks to Bubble Ball, the work of a 14-year-old eighth grader from Utah.
One of the great promises of iOS 3.0 was the External Accessory framework, which would allow a multitude of accessories to interface with Apple’s 30-pin dock connector port. It’s been slow in coming, but at long last those classic serial ports of yesteryear (such as RS-232) can finally connect to your iOS device.
There are many RSS readers on the App Store, and Silvio Rizzi’s Reeder is widely considered one of the best. So imagine the developer’s surprise when a recent update to competitor MobileRSS not only aped his slick interface design, but practically stole it outright.
If you’re an iOS developer or just a user who’s hopelessly addicted to app updates, you might want to find something else to do come late December -- Apple’s iTunes Connect is closing its doors for nearly a week over Christmas.