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5 years ago

After 3 Months, 3 Rejections, Airfoil Speakers Touch Ships, Developers Leave iPhone

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After 3 Months, 3 Rejections, Airfoil Speakers Touch Ships, Developers Leave iPhone

After submitting a minor .1 bug fix for Airfoil Speakers Touch 1.0.1 [Free - iTunes link] for iPhone and iPod touch, longtime Mac developers Rogue Amoeba waited for what they assumed would be a routine App Store review. Three and a half months, three rejections, and the unsuccessful intervention of a champion at Apple, the app is finally in the store, but the developer has decided the process is too odorous to continue with the iPhone platform.

Don't stop us just because you've heard this before over and over again.

The issue this time was Rogue Amoeba discovering the type of Mac and exact application that was being used as audio source, and displaying the corresponding Mac OS X-provided image of the machine and icon for the app.

Though standard -- intended -- behavior on the Mac, Apple's App Store policy branded this a trademark violation and they requested it be changed. Rogue Amoeba assumed the request was erroneous and tried resubmitting, tried escalating via email, even had a champion inside Apple try help get it through. In the end, the App Store policy was an immovable object, and Rogue Amoeba had to remove the Mac and app icon images. Airfoil Speakers Touch 1.0.1 was then approved and placed in the app store.

(And during the whole process, Airfoil Speakers Touch 1.0, buggy as it was, and using the exact same artwork Apple had issue with in 1.0.1 was left untouched in the App Store for users to download and use).

In the future, we hope that developers will be allowed to ship software without needing Apple’s approval at all, the same way we do on Mac OS X. We hope the App Store will get better, review times will be shorter, reviews will be more intelligent, and that we can all focus on making great software. Right now, however, the platform is a mess.

The chorus of disenchanted developers is growing and we’re adding our voices as well. Rogue Amoeba no longer has any plans for additional iPhone applications, and updates to our existing iPhone applications will likely be rare. The iPhone platform had great promise, but that promise is not enough, so we’re focusing on the Mac.

Add our voice to the chorus: fix. this. More after the break...

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5 years ago

TiPb Presents: iPhone Live! #75 -- DROIDed!

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TiPb Presents: iPhone Live! #75 -- DROIDed!

Join Rene, Chad, Dieter, and the Cell Phone Junkie, Mickey Papillion, for iPhone vs. Droid, AT&T vs. Verizon, Jailbreak SSH attacks, the week in apps, and your questions live! Listen in!

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5 years ago

Analysts Claim Apple's iPhone Now Boasts 17% Global Smartphone Marketshare

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Analysts Claim Apple's iPhone Now Boasts 17% Global Smartphone Marketshare

It looks like not only is Apple's iPhone profit share soaring, but its market share has shot up to 17.1% (up 4.2% for the year) as well -- if you believe Gartner. That still places Apple behind Nokia with a still-dominant 39.3% (down 3%) and BlackBerry maker RIM at 20.8% (up 4.9%), but well ahead of the next biggest group "others" (which must include Palm?) at 13.1% (down 7.8%).

Smartphones in general remained strong, growing 12.8% compared to a dismal 0.1% growth for the mobile phone market in general.

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5 years ago

AT&T Demands Verizon Stop Airing "Misfit Toys", Other Attack Ads

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AT&T Demands Verizon Stop Airing "Misfit Toys", Other Attack Ads

Ho-ho-hold on a minute, Verizon -- AT&T's not finding much to laugh about in those new anti-AT&T iPhone "map for that" commercials that show a teensy, tiny blue GSM/HSPA 3G footprint compared the ginormous country painted CDMA/EVDO red. In fact, AT&T amending their original lawsuit to include those new misfit toys, Santa's workshop, and blue Christmas ads.

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5 years ago

An iPhone Blogger's Trip to the Dark Side with Verizon's Motorola Droid

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An iPhone Blogger's Trip to the Dark Side with Verizon's Motorola Droid

Much has been said about Verizon's latest addition to their smarthphone arsenal, the Motorola Droid, some good and some bad. I decided to pick one up and decide for myself. It's been a little less than a week that I've spent with my Droid and I must say, I've actually come away quite impressed. Now by no means am I saying the Droid is the best looking device on the market, nor is it the perfect smartphone -- that simply does not exist. But what we have here is a very solid effort by Motorola. Sure Apple is at the top of the game in regards to UI, ease of use, speed, etc... but they have to play some major catch up with the release of their next iPhone -- namely on display, notifications, and multitasking.

For the full run down follow me after the break!

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5 years ago

TiPb Top 5 iPhone Racing Games -- Second Annual Grand Prix!

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TiPb Top 5 iPhone Racing Games -- Second Annual Grand Prix!

Today’s TiPb Top 5 will be directed towards our iPhone and iPod touch wielding readers who love racing games, and It's a follow up to last years TiPb Grand Prix. Just like our other TiPb’s top 5 must-have posts, all of these applications are available in the App Store. For the full overview, follow us after the break!

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5 years ago

The Competition: Palm Pixi Gets Reviewed

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The Competition: Palm Pixi Gets Reviewed

It's not an iPhone-like slab, but it does ditch the Palm Pre slider (and Wi-Fi!) for a Centro-esque front-facing webOS form factor, and Dieter over at PreCentral.net has the full Palm Pixi Review up to prove it:

The Palm Pixi is a tiny smartphone with enough features and elegance to woo even the most die-hard feature phone user, but current Pre owners will want to stick with what they have.

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5 years ago

Jailbroken, Installed SSH, Didn't Change Password? New Attack Aims to Steal Your Data

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Jailbroken, Installed SSH, Didn't Change Password? New Attack Aims to Steal Your Data

So if you've jailbroken your iPhone, installed SSH, and still haven't changed your password from the default despite our previous warnings about Dutch Ransomers and Australian Rickrollers? Maybe you thought those were just funny (as seen in this video from iPhoneMVP)? Well now things have gotten more serious -- there's a new attack making the rounds that just plain steals your data.

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5 years ago

RoboForm Password Manager for iPhone

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RoboForm Password Manager for iPhone

We're huge security proponents here at TiPb, and that typically means recommending 1Password on the Mac and RoboForm on the PC. 1Password's iPhone app has been available for long time already, providing on-device and Mac synced bliss. Now, finally, RoboForm for iPhone [FREE - iTunes link] is here as well.

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5 years ago

iPhone Facebook App Developer Says Goodnight and Good Luck

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iPhone Facebook App Developer Says Goodnight and Good Luck

Joe Hewitt, the developer who saw the Facebook App for iPhone and iPod touch to version 3.0, and the cusp of 3.1 (which promised/threatened push notifications), has thrown us the Twitter-equivalent of a curve-ball:

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5 years ago

Apple Updates Mac OS X Safari to 4.0.4 -- Raises Stakes in JavaScript Wars

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Apple Updates Mac OS X Safari to 4.0.4 -- Raises Stakes in JavaScript Wars

Apple has just released desktop Safari for Mac and Windows to 4.0.4, which improves full history search performance, has the mandatory stability improvements, and security fixes, but the big news as far as we're concerned is the number one item on the list -- Improved JavaScript performance

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5 years ago

iPhone Live! Tonight at 8pm ET/5pm PT

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iPhone Live! Tonight at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Join Dieter, Chad, Rene and special guest, the Cellph tonight for all the week's news, views, and rants. If you have any questions, leave a comment below, hit us up on Twitter @theiphoneblog, or better still -- join us live in the chat room via http://www.imore.com/live

Chat with you soon!

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5 years ago

So Where are All the VoIP over 3G iPhone Apps?

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So Where are All the VoIP over 3G iPhone Apps?

Last month at CTIA, AT&T proudly announced that they would now permit VOIP over 3G on the iPhone, and Apple promptly told TiPb (and others) that they were updating their SDK agreement and wanted VOIP over 3G apps in the App Store as quickly as possible, and Skype was all up in the happy as well. And now...

[cricket chirps]

Yeah, we're still waiting. We asked Apple for an update but haven't heard back yet. Hopefully, very soon, we'll be awash in them. In the meantime, let's keep the spotlight shining, and feel free to let Apple, AT&T, Skype, and all the other providers know you want your VoIP over 3G!

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5 years ago

Blueant S1 Sun Visor Bluetooth Car Kit for iPhone 3GS- Reality Review

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Blueant S1 Sun Visor Bluetooth Car Kit for iPhone 3GS- Reality Review

Do you use a Bluetooth headset while driving? A lot of us do. How would you like to do the same thing, but hands free with nothing in your ear? Now you can! The Blueant S1 stereo Bluetooth headset is awesome for the iPhone! you can get it in the TiPb accessory store for $59.95. Now, why would you want to do that? Because this hands-free headset rocks!

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5 years ago

Nintendo Sees no Rivalry with iPhone, but "Future is Dark" if They Can't Differentiate

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Nintendo Sees no Rivalry with iPhone, but "Future is Dark" if They Can't Differentiate

Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata loves his MacBook and his iPhone, and firmly believes Nintendo and Apple aren't competitors (they appeal to different customers), and any talk of it makes him uncomfortable.

Yet Apple is most assuredly aiming at gaming (even if John Carmack thinks it's between clenched teeth), especially with the funner iPod touch ever, and its game-heavy marketing.

With Nintendo profits down 52% for the first half of the year, and Apple selling record numbers of iPhones and reporting 100,000 apps and 2,000,000,000 downloads (with games weighed heavily among them).

Even with a dedicated gaming device like the DS (and perhaps a new platform on the way next year?), and a high-profile set of first-party properties like Mario, Metroid, Zelda, Pokémon, etc. those are tough numbers to look at. And Nintendo isn't kidding themselves about that:

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