Apple starts rejecting apps that access device UDIDs

According to several developers Apple has kept their promise and is now starting to decline app submissions that access the UDID of an iDevice. According to sources this will only become more stringent in the near future. Currently Apple has two review teams actively rejecting UDID-accessing apps with all ten teams expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.
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Apple unveils “The new iPad”


As predicted by many, Apple just unveiled the next iPad called “The new iPad” Yes really that’s what it is called!

Apple’s new tablet computer has arrived and its ultra-sharp 2048 x 1536 pixel Retina display is enough to set it apart from anyone else. The camera takes breathtaking images. It also has much more powerful guts, with a much faster processor, graphics and more memory. And it’s 4G ready. Continue reading

Apps help create more than 450,000 jobs in the US

One of the biggest subjects throughout the presidential campaign for the Republican candidate has been the jobs that are leaving the United States, well according to new numbers Smartphone applications are helping the industry keep some of those jobs in country. For years, there’s been questions and speculation about just how many jobs Apple’s App Store and similar marketplaces for other mobile and web platforms have created. Well according to new numbers released by TechNet apps have created 466,000 American jobs since 2008.

Of those jobs, the highest percentage (23.8 percent) of the total are located in California. Other app hot spots include New York (6.9 percent), Washington (6.4 percent), Texas (5.4 percent) and New Jersey (4.2 percent).  These numbers include not only jobs created for iOS apps, but also those triggered by the development of apps for Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Facebook.

Perhaps the politicians should spend more time trying to figure out how to keep these jobs in the country, instead of bitching about the jobs that have already left the country.

Those interested can read the whole report here.

After one year “The Daily” logs 100,000 paid subscribers

Remember “The Daily” one of the first magazines to be published on the iPad, well it was launched one year ago, so it is time to look back at how the year went.

Honestly “The Daily” has had quite a rocky year. On the Launch date Rupert Murdoch states that he hoped the App would gain at least 500,000 subscribers within the first year, if that goal was reached he would consider it a success, well he must be a little disappointed to find out that currently the number of subscribers ranges somewhere between 100,000 and 120,000.

Recently Publisher  Greg Clayman says that when the app originally launched, the goal was to make an experience unique to the tablet, therefore the company has taken almost a year before releasing the service on other platforms, it was only recently that Android support was added, via the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Furthermore  Clayman adds that The Daily is still headed for profitability “over the next couple of years,” which he says is actually better than most traditional publications.

It will be interesting to see where The Daily is one year from now, who knows maybe they will finally reach 500,000 subscribers, what do you think is there a future for The Daily? Do any of you subscribe to it?

3 Billion Apps downloaded on iPad App Store


For those who develop apps for the iPad these numbers are amazing, since the launch of the iPad in 2010 there have been more than 3 BILLION downloads of apps developed specifically for the iPad.

According to an ABI Research press release, they have estimated that more than 3 billion apps have been cumulatively downloaded since the iPad first launched in 2010, this is an estimated 19% of all iOS App Store downloads, or almost a fifth of all downloads despite the fact that the iPad was released two years after the iOS App Store opened.

According to the numbers released by ABI an estimated 120,000 applications have been developed specifically for the iPad as of the third quarter of 2011. The growth rate of the iPad-specific apps is similar to the explosive start that the iPhone saw when the App Store first opened. It took under 18 months for the iPhone and iPod touch application downloads to 3 billion.

iPad customer satisfaction remains high

While we already knew this, Software Usability Research Laboratory(SURL) has found out that 83.65 percent of iPad owners are happy with their iPad.

According to the study, which asked users to rate the user friendliness of the iPad 62% of the respondents stated that the iPad was excellent, while still 21% stated that they found the pad to be good. At the same time only 4 percent thought the usability of the iPad was “fair, and a meager 2 percent find it to be poor.

Another interesting fact about the iPad was that it has gained popularity in the US company boardrooms, with 52 percent of the respondents stating that they used the iPad at work. Furthermore more almost 92 percent of respomdendt stated that they have used their iPad to edit documents needed for their work?

What about you? Are you pleased with the iPad and do you use it for work or purely for personal use?

Apple sells 10 times more tablets than closest competitor Samsung

 

Everyone knows that the Apple iPad is a hugely popular device, earlier this quarter IDC estimated that Apple could hold 68.3% of the worldwide tablet market selling more than 9 million units of the iPad 2 throughout the second quarter of 2011. Even though the company has now predicted that Apple would see their share drop to 61.5% of the market, Apple is still expected to sell over 11 million iPads in Q3.

While this might just sound like a lot of numbers to the average person, consider this Samsung, Apple’s closest competitor, currently hold 5.6% of the market or put in other words, Apple is selling almost 10 times more tablets than Samsung.

This morning, Morgan Stanley significantly raised its forecasts for 2012, predicting Apple could possibly sell 90 million iPads during the year (in addition to 190 million iPhones). The analysts apparently have high hopes for Android 4.0′s ability to offer a competitive alternative to iPad going forward:

“Apple’s larger portfolio of tablet-specific apps, upcoming iPad versions, and growing physical store presence in key emerging markets like Asia/Pacific will help maintain its global leadership. However, an improving Android OS experience and lower competitor pricing in an environment with worldwide economic concerns should help Android to increase its market share,” said Jennifer Song, research analyst, Worldwide Trackers.

Microsoft releases OneNote iPad App in the App Store

Microsoft’s OneNote iPad App Lands In The App Store

Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular OneNote app. The note-taking app is available in the App Store for free with limited functionality. A $14.99 in-app purchase unlocks the ability to take an unlimited number of notes, while free users are limited to 500.

Microsoft OneNote for iPad is a note-taking app for capturing all of your ideas and to-dos on the go, brought to you by Microsoft Office.

Create searchable notes with text, pictures and bullets. Make and manage to-do lists with checkboxes. Then keep your notes in sync using free Microsoft SkyDrive® online storage to access, edit and manage them from virtually anywhere, from your PC or almost any web browser. Access your notes online at http://skydrive.com.

iPad users must be running iOS 4.3 or higher and have a Windows Live ID to use the OneNote app. Microsoft notes that the new release also includes better language support, a tabbed user interface, quick note creation, table rendering, an improved sign-in experience, the option to sync only over Wi-Fi, and the in-app upgrade option.

The iPhone version of OneNote is also available for free in the App Store with a $4.99 in-app purchase to unlock full functionality.

Additionally, both apps support several new languages including English, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. 

Apple seeds iOS 5.1 Beta 2 to developers


If you have an Apple Developer Account then now is the time to hit the software update button! Earlier today Apple released iOS 5.1 Beta 2 to the developers.

The biggest change is the addition of a much-requested feature related to the management of photos in the Photo Stream:

NEW: Photos taken using iOS 5.1 can be deleted from Photo Stream on your device and will be removed automatically from Photo Stream on your other iOS 5.1 devices. Older photos can be manually deleted from your iOS 5.1 devices.

The new seed comes just two weeks after the previous iOS 5.1 Beta 1 was seeded on November 28. For more information and additional support resources, visit:

http://developer.apple.com/programs/ios/

We know a lot of people have been waiting for Apple to add the download feature, how about you do you think Photo Stream has lacked this feature?

iOS 5.1 released to developers!

The iOS 5.1 beta 1 SDK is now available for download by paid devs at the iOS developer site. Sign in with your developer credentials to gain access to the updated SDK. You will need to download and install firmware via iTunes.

Because it cannot be said too often, make sure you read any release notes on-site. For everyone intoxicated by new technologies that might allow you to update using other means, I cannot strongly encourage you enough to go to the site and read the release notes. Installation alerts appear in a big yellow box on the main iOS dev page. The yellow box for 5.1 is larger than ever.

The beta is, as always, released under the terms of Apple’s NDA.