iMore show 407: Curated automation

The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple! On this episode David Barnard of Contrast joins Rene to talk about the App Store in iOS 8 and what it means for developers, Launch Center Pro, Extensibility, and the Amazon Fire Phone.

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Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • Can't listen to David Barnard and that annoying Valley Dude voice. Unlistenable.
  • I want to know more about the iBeacon integration with Launch Center Pro or other apps. What kind of iBeacons is David Barnard using and where do you get them? What other apps out there use iBeacons for personal use? I use Saga to track my physical location but I think something like iBeacon could make it more accurate.
  • Great show, just listened to it. Little thought on the Apple TV as a games console, I think apple could do some big damage there with there custom chips and metal but I think the biggest issue is game pricing and storage. Let's take example call of duty, a game like that on the ps3 cost in the 10s of millions to make and add to that the marketing it probably goes way over 100million just to make a game like that but the risk is worth it as they sell for about £40 but putting a game for that price on ios is a no go. There's a reason why everyone is moving to freemium. 2nd issue is the storage, a big game like that easily takes up over 10gb of storage but something like the apple TV comes with limited space, if the apple TV is to really put pressure on the consoles, (again if thats the direction apple goes) they will have to put much much more storage imo 128gb. Take the Amazon fire TV, they tried to market as a games machine too but with 8gb(5gb usable) you put 1 or 2 games and thats it. Consoles comes with like 500gb and had disk based games so if apple TV which will be only storage based games, it will have to have the ability to hold more than just 2-3 console level games. No one wants to have to constantly delete games to download another and then if they want to play one of the old games, they would have to redownload. It's just a bad experience. So even they the potential is there the biggest barrier is price and storage. They could make the game a freemium but do you really want to pay like £5 for a new gun, suit etc and then at the end you end up paying much more take if the game was just £40 to begin with. Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • I have signed in just to comment on this episode. I'd humbly suggest more discussion and less 'lecture' from the guest host. In all frankness, I couldn't listen past 20 minutes.