Episode 11 – Apple tries to rise while we race to the bottom – Oct 16, 2014

This week we discuss the Apple’s Oct 16, 2014 press conference, “It’s Been Way Too Long”. We discuss Apple Pay, WatchKit, iOS 8.1, Yosemite, the new iPad Air 2, the iPad lineup and the new iMac 27 with Retina Display. We also discuss BBEdit’s decision to leave the app store, apps Clips and iDraw.

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Xcode Process launch failed: Security

launch failed security

The latest annoyance in Xcode had me stumped for a bit but @smappsoft set me straight. When trying to build and app under iOS 8, the build succeeds but the app doesn’t launch. Saying “process launch failed: Security” and not much else.

Turns out that the build was successful but your shiny new iOS 8 device doesn’t “trust” your profile.

Security: 1, Developer: 0

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So to solve this new cryptic behavior, launch the app on your device (which you just installed) and you will get a trust prompt asking you to approve an “Untrusted App Developer”. This is Gatekeeper asking you to confirm your trust of the developer (yourself).

Once you’ve completed this trust you can happily install apps from Xcode.

Overexposed and the Attack of the Clones

IMG_1317Our 5th installment of the More Than Just Code podcast is now available. In this episode we discuss the impact of the leaked nude celebrity photos, apparently stolen from their private iCloud accounts. Beyond the social issue of these lady’s privacy violations, we discuss the nerd’s perspective of how to access and strengthen your passwords with apps like AgileBits’ 1Password app for desktop and mobile devices. We also touch on 2-factor authentication for online accounts.

Mark sent in some photos of a mystery building that Apple has set up on De Anza College in Cupertino, near where the Sept 9th Apple Press Conference will be held. We all speculate on what products will be revealed and what their impact will be. Will it be a new iPhone 6, iWatch or AppleTV.

Jaime brings forth an new example of iOS 8’s extensibility in the form of a custom keyboard from Minuum. Mark brings up Swing Copters again and Tim dives right in. Aaron praises and laments the Overcast podcast app. Tim discusses the new Star Wars Commander app and compares it to Clash of Clans.

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Episode 5 Show Notes:

Google 2-step authentication
FaceBook Tweaks
Celebrity photos leaked
Creepy Men
How to step up Two Factor Authentication on iCloud
TechnoCreep by Thomas Keehnan
Minuum Keyboard
App Annie App Ranking, Intelligence & Marketplace
iPassword for Mac
iPassword for iOS
Star Wars Commander
Swing Copters

The Other App Store – EP #3 of the MTJC Podcast is out.

dennis-2The third installment of More Than Just Code is out. In this episode, we dig into what it costs to develop an app, from the developers perspective. We add in some specific challenges and benefits for remote working – the access to skilled developers and app creationists vs the benefits of working in an office environment; complete with pin-ball foosball tables and BBQs.

We discuss the latest game installment from Dong Nguyen creator of Flappy Birds. How the app, Swing Copters, is being introduced and how and why Flappy Birds works and went viral. This leads us to Tom Hanks (and @AppleStore) getting behind Hanx Writer for iPad. Aaron then climbs the soapbox the explain how the Other App Store promotes and perpetuates the class differences between large interests and indie developers.

We then misguidedly (as usual) discuss Aaron’s blog post on the limitations of size classes in iOS 8. Jaime and Aaron give us their App Picks of the week (Grafio and Camoji). We congratulate Mark on Scales & Modes Scales & Modes for iPad being featured on the App Store (other?) and Tim’s debut on RayWenderlich.com – a tutorial site for developers of all levels.

You can find the podcast here.

Enjoy

Episode 3 Show Notes:

Craig Hockenbury Stackoverflow How much does it cost to develop an app
Chiu-Ki Chan @chiuki – Intro to Android for iOS developers – 3601Dev 2013
Remote: Office Not Required” by 37 Signals
Hitcents (builders of Hanx Writer)
Limitations of iOS 8 Size Classes (correct please)
Grafio app by Ten Touch Ltd.
Camoji app by Leo Me, Inc.

Solution Development – we make the app for that

Your Idea to App Store

 

We help you build the ideal app,
get it to market effectively & grow your brand

At iT Guy Technologies we help our clients get their ideas on the iPad and iPhone. We can assist you with publishing your apps; help you build them or build them for you. Our staff of iPhone application architects, engineers and developers will see your application through from concept, design to published and installed on iPhones and iPads around the world.

iPhone and iPad App Development
Extend your marketing message with iPhone applications. Apps designed as a compliment to your web or publication offering. Drive traffic to your web site or clients to your store. Continue reading “Solution Development – we make the app for that”

App Store or iTunes Store account set up error – not Admin

“You are not a member of the Administrator group”

If you are trying to set up a new iPhone or iPad device,  you may come across this obscure error. It happens because you may have tried to create an Apple ID during the initial set up or on boarding. (Personally I skip this step. I use a different Apple ID for iCloud and iTunes accounts.)  While you are setting up a new Apple ID, you are asked to enter a valid email address. However before you can use the ID you have to verify that you can access the email account. Apple sends a verification email.

After you have tried to use your newly minted Apple ID to make a purchase without verification, you will get the “You are not a member of the Administrator group” error. Check your email and respond to the verification. That should solve the problem. You may also need to go to a desktop computer and search from MyAppleID and finish the verification.

There is one more thing…

When you do go to make your first download (even for a free app) you will have to enter your credit card information.

Stop swiping to quit apps. Your battery will thank us.

The original article, The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain by Scotty Loveless, describes his experience as an Apple Store Genius. He describes the tests he was involved with and imparts some insider knowledge on battery drain on the iPhone:

The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain

Here are the highlights:

1. Turn off Location Services and Background App Refresh

So I tried disabling Location Services  and Background App Refresh  for Facebook, and you’ll never guess what happened: my battery percentage increased. It jumped from 12% to 17%. Crazy.

2. Stop swiping to close apps. Launching and quoting apps draws power as the app loads into RAM.

What most people tell you is that closing your apps will save your battery life because it keeps the apps from running in the background.
Wrong.
Yes, it does shut down the app, but what you don’t know is that you are actually making your battery life worse if you do this on a regular basis.

Thanks to @sethfri for sharing it.

4 Reasons Why Your Business Needs an App

About 10 to 15 years ago, it seemed that every company needed a website. A few years later, the growing popularity of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn companies needed to have a presence of those sites as well. Currently nearly every one of your clients has a smartphone using some sort mobile app. For many businesses, having a business app on a smartphone is more and more a necessity. Which begs the question; does your business need an app?

1. Branding

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailUndoubtedly branding is possibly the biggest reason for your business to have an app. Not simply a rehash of your web site but an app that reinforces your brand and your company’s promise. More and more loyal customers are accessing information via a mobile device. They look of your information on web searches, or on an app that aggregates and lists business services; apps such as, Yelp, Apple Maps and Google Maps. Whether you know it or not your customers may be creating reviews  and providing information to future clients through these social network aware apps. Without your knowledge your brand could also be suffering from unfavorable reviews.  Worse it could lose favor through bad online experience for a site that doesn’t fit well on to a smartphone.

By creating your own app you have the opportunity to control your own brand and make sure your marketing message is clear. An app gives you the opportunity to provide a more compelling experience to your clients. Your products and services wouldn’t escape your potential clients notice. It is your opportunity to curate your future clients impression of your brand.

2. Client Services

Creating a pleasant client experience through an app is a way to provide customer information, and build client loyalty. Many industries have come to create apps to provide extended services to clients. Built in services like Apple’s Passbook allowed Airlines, Movie theatres, Concert promoters to provide ticketing services through easy access for smartphone. Passbook and similar services can also be used to integrate client loyalty rewards.

Starbucks introduced an app that allows users to load up cash online and pay for services by flashing their smart phone. Pizza and fast food companies enable users to build and place orders through an app. Apps and services like Über, have turned the taxi and private car industries on their ear. By allowing taxi cabs and black cars with spare time to respond  to clients and get fares that would otherwise go unused. Cab drivers love it because they know they are going to get paid and passengers feel secure as drivers are rated and known by name.

Positive customer engagement though these types of connections are great for retaining existing customer and building relationships with new clients.

3. Business Process

JHIEvery business has some process or industry knowledge that can be transformed into a compelling app. These processes can be developed and even streamlined through the ubiquity of smart phones. Enabling clients to make informed decisions can actually help businesses. The previous example, Über, enables cabs to get fares without centralized dispatch services – cutting out the middle man, so to speak. Actually the Über becomes the middle man. A smart app can enable and empower field agents by giving them tools to use away from the office. Insurance agents and instantly provide client quotes. Service personnel can be dispatched based on knowledge provided through look ups on a smartphone app. There are many new tie-ins to hardware that can report to or be controlled by mobile apps, to expand your business offerings.

Mobile apps can enable staff to monitor services, manage business process and customer support. Tying in back end systems, gives your front line staff access to marketing information, customer support information and other resources. Field agents can download the latest updates on your products and services. They can also create work orders and provide timely service to your clients and prospects. It can be a simple as what’s currently in your restaurant’s wine cellar or as complex as creating an insurance quote.

4. Getting Feedback

Clearly another benefit is getting feedback from your customers. Knowing how your business is perceived in the market is invaluable to any business. Providing a form or simple buttons could ask the client to provide a review, a star rating or add a fee suggestions. Thanking a client for positive or negative feedback goes a long way. Rewarding a client for there efforts adds kudos to your business. Often new clients are gained through referrals from past clients.

An app that connects to a back-end service can also provide some metrics about your business. Recently this author was involved in apps that provided localized content. Surprisingly the apps were far better received in European and Asian markets. Rather than relying on online store downloads (the equivalent to measuring a web site’s page hits) the apps provide insights that redirect future marketing efforts. Stories abound on successful companies who were surprised to find that their clients weren’t who they expected. The successful brands adapted to new found knowledge and redirected their product offerings to their new fans.

Getting Started

witz-tagline-4cIf you think your ready to get started creating an app, there are a few approaches you can take. Technologies seem to run in 10 year cycles, so that puts us near the middle age of native app development. If you’re the do it yourself type, you can read some books, such as the Big Nerd Ranch Guide – 4th edition for iOS, or their new Android Programming guide. They also offer one week long courses in the US and Europe. This author also teaches iOS courses at Witz Education in Toronto. There are also some great conferences you can attend; Apple’s WWDC, Apple’s iOS Tech Talks, 360iDev, CocoaConf, NSNorth among many others. They cover the how to’s and the business of apps and app publishing.

There are also plenty of independent development companies who can consult on the viability of your app and even lend their skills to your pursuit of an app.  Our own company provides these services. You can also look for a local chapter of Cocoaheads, or on Meetup. The bottom line is that the resources are there for you to get started.

Writing apps to work with twitter – avoid 403 error.

I’ve been working on some social networking apps, by following examples. It’s really frustrating to find that the authors haven’t tested their code, before, during or after publishing. So here are a couple of things I’ve found.

If you are attempting to post or read from Twitter’s API, you must use HTTPS.

Hopefully, this will save you some head scratching.

Apple should allow users to review apps while they are in the app!

In my experience the majority of users do not tend to share their true feelings about apps – because it is not convenient to do so. One of the most popular apps, Clash of Clans, crashes constantly, several times a day. The developers, Super Cell, get 100s of reviews a day, mostly 5-stars and very few 1-star reviews. You really have to dig to find reviews about the crashing.
Unfortunately Apple has set up a horrible peer review system that is severely under utilized. It takes users great effort to write a review, good or bad. It is far easier to say nothing, or simply delete the annoying app. The developers are left completely in the dark. It would be best if Apple provided a way for users to review the app while still in the app! People will only act if they don’t have to leave the situation.
It’s horrible because new users DO read the reviews and decide whether to download or delete your app. Developers have been pleading with Apple to fix this for years. Apple is too busy building data centers or reducing the weight of the next iPhone.