Episode 172 – Peggy Bundy Style

This week we are joined by Greg Heo as we discuss Apple’s latest security bug. We discuss migrating to Swift 4. Our #askMTJC topics are dissecting AirPlane Mode’s Animoji based music video, and whether Face ID will be used by advertisers. We follow up on Uber’s coverup of user data hacks and how it happened. Apple has published the iTunes holiday shutdown schedule. Apple has released fixes for the critical macOS High Sierra security issue. *The Apple Forum post we discuss on the show has been unpublished. Amazon’s Reinvent conference has released a number of things; Amazon Sumarian has online 3D tools. Picks: NEHotspotConfiguration, Egg Freckles – a Newton styled blog, Apple Support channel on YouTube, iOS Conf Singapore videos.

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Episode 166 – Geez. I Don’t Know

This week Mark and Tim give #askMTJC advice on updating Xcode 9 and it’s benefits. They also discuss the FreeDOS project. Tim discusses Mike Ash’s suggestion of wiping the iPhone 6 Plus and reinstalling iOS 11. iPhone X devices start to ship out in advance of new orders. KRAK is a new WPA2 exploit that affects all users and is being patched. Senator Al Franken queries Apple about Face ID and privacy. Picks: Xcode Main Thread Checker, Three Finger Drag, iTune 12.6.3

Thanks Gord!

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Episode 134 – Industrial Grade Tin Foil Hats

This week we are joined by Tammy Coron, host of Roundabout Creative Chaos, and jump right into the lack of HiSpeed Internet in rural areas. We also discuss physical media vs digital online media. On #askMTJC we cover remote working and displays for oversize iOS Simulators. We cover the latest wikileaks about privacy exploits. We follow up on the Amazon S3 outage as well as the upcoming Apple’s Spring 2017 announcement. We discuss starting into development as a senior citizen. We discuss Apple’s rejection of apps built with frameworks that allow code modification after App Review. We examine Uber’s MonoRepo post. Picks: Trip to New Zealand for Job Interviews, Moho, Creolabs’ Creo IDE and Kite prototyping app.

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Controlling iTunes Wifi Sync – unwanted apps

Here’s a quick post about those pesky apps that keep coming back!

I spent an hour this morning trying to remove unwanted games on my iPad (set to sync wirelessly). Yet they kept reinstalling a few minutes later.
If you find that apps you uncheck in iTunes keep coming back with subsequent syncs, try unchecking “automatically sync new apps”. It seems that iTunes doesn’t honor you choice to remove the apps and re-installs them as ‘new apps”. We have several iOS devices and would quickly run out of space with all the apps installed!

In Defense of Apple’s Newsstand and negative reviews

As a developer of iOS apps I regularly check the reviews on iTunes and App Store to get a sense of how apps are received. Fortunately my publisher client is not tied to adversing to produce their content – not to say that they wouldn’t enjoy advertising dollars but rather they see the iPad platform as a new medium for their message. What I do find troubling is that the new apps on the App Store are being blasted by negative reviews. This needs to be addressed because there is no way for a developer to rebut a bad review or to have a bad review removed.

Users are seeing the Newsstand Apps on the App Store, in iTunes and on their devices as free. However if they read the description – admittedly kind of hidden in the app’s description – they would find that most Newsstand Apps support paid content issues and subscriptions. The blame of this belongs to Apple and NOT the developers. The App store lists the price of the main app but does not display the cost of the subscriptions upfront, where it would be easier for users to find.

The other problem lies with the whole rating system that Apple provides. We have had over 50,000 apps downloaded and yet we have had less than 50 reviews of all of our apps. We’ve published about 25 apps among various clients. So the returns on the review process is pathetic and does not reflect what users think of your apps. The only measurable mechanism seems to be if users update the app as revisions are published. Also if you host some content on your web servers, statistics can be collect to indicate the use and repeated use of the apps.

New users do read the reviews and make decisions about whether to download an app. Negative reviews don’t help this cause. Most developers are small independent developers and very few are the actual mega publishers like Conde Nast. So the income generated from apps and development in general is meagre. It often barely covers the actual cost to develop apps. So please think twice before reviewing an app. The most valuable thing you can do is give a positive review of an app. The average developer is that guy sitting next to you on the bus. So if you like an app give it a positive review. This goes a long way to bolstering the developers confidence and supports the futire development of more apps.

The internet was started at the grass roots level and so in fact the whole personal computer industry. If users hadn’t spread the positive word about the original Apple computer then Steve Jobs and Steve Woszniak would not have succeeded – there would be no iPhone or iPad for you to read this story on your iPad.

Apple will eventually fix the problem with Newsstand 1.0. So in the meantime, read the apps description before you download it – caveat emptor applies to free apps as well. Sure if the app is craptastic go ahead and blast it but don’t write a negative review because someone is trying to make an honest buck.

Flash Video iPod and iTunes 9

On September 9, 2009 Steve Jobs returned to the stage to discuss Apple’s new music products for the upcoming holiday season. Jobs, in case you hadn’t heard, had returned to Apple after a liver transplant done while he took a six month medical leave. He made the point of thanking his organ donor.

The highlights of the products introduced were an iPod Classic with a 160 GB hard drive and a new iPod Touch model with a faster processor and either a 32 GB or 64 GB Solid State Drive. To compete in the “flash video” cameras, Apple has added a video camera to the iPod Nano. As well as being an “insanely great” portable music player the addition of a video camera means that users can capture events and upload to social media sites like Youtube and Flicker.

On the software side, Apple introduced a revamped iTunes 9 with movie and music accompanied with “album art” and other interactive content previously part of the “vinyl LP” paradigm but missing in the digital music age. Additionally iPhone users can manage there iPhone Apps within iTunes.