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Developers, do not lie to Apple. They will pull your apps out!





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If you are a developer, make sure you do not make fake reviews for your applications. Apple in fact, has taken serious steps, blocking the accounts of a developer and removing 1011 applications because of fake reviews.

The developer "Molinker" had many apps. Each of them had about 50 reviews. The developer was using his promocodes (every developer gets 50 of them for every app) to write reviews for his own apps. One of the users, who bought several apps, investigated this issue and wrote to Phil Schiller. The apps and all the reviews were removed very very quickly from AppStore.

What’s incredible is that the developer had 1011 apps, which is almost 1% of the entire App Store. Well that’s 1% of the App Store that no longer exists.

The developers shouldn’t be surprised, but they are:

We got email from Apple yesterday [Sunday 6th] which told us our contract is changed to pending status.
Actually, we do not know what’s wrong so far. We had contacted Apple for such sudden changes, hope we can get quick response and actions from Apple.

Nice, isn't it?




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App Rejection: a website about applications rejected by Apple



App Rejection is a new portal where the AppStore applications that are rejected by Apple are collected.

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The site can be used by developers to understand all those unwritten rules that lead to rejection. In other words you can learn from the mistakes and adopt your app to make it to the AppStore. To access the site just click here.




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Friday, November 27th, 2009. 14:26

Apple partially automated the app review process



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More and more developers complain about the rejection of their applications in the AppStore. There's a good reason behind all this.

It seems that Apple has created a tool that can automatically review applications and APIs that are used. According to the rules of the SDK, the developers can not use private API. If this initial test is passed examiners begin to manually check the app.

So the advice is quite simple - follow the rules of the SDK.




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Tuesday, November 17th, 2009. 16:52

Learning to develop for the iPhone



Couple days ago the developers of MitAPP held a lecture at the University of Bologna on programming for the iPhone and using the SDK. The entire mini-course consists of 3 classes. Here are the first slides about the development environment (XCode and Interface Builder):




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Saturday, November 14th, 2009. 0:55

Apple extends the In-App Purchase to free applications



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Apple has just announced that all iPhone developers can now use the In-App Purchase in free applications! In the past the use of these APIs was reserved only for commercial software.

This is great, because developers can completely eliminate the Lite version, creating only a limited free version with full function unlock through an in-app purchase. All this is also intended to provide greater security for developers.




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Apple Surpasses 2 Billion App Store Downloads



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Apple today announced that its App Store has surpassed two billion downloads. The company also noted that there are now over 50 million iPhone and iPod touch customers, 85,000 applications on the App Store, and 125,000 registered iPhone developers. App Store is available in 77 countries. There are over 20 categories of applications to choose from.

via macrumors




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Monday, September 28th, 2009. 18:56

Only 23% of devices were updated to firmware 3.1



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AdMob, a company that supplies advertising services for iPhone developers, says that between September 15th and 22nd only 23% of devices were updated to iPhone OS 3.1. This counts only devices that run apps with AdMob ads.

Some more statistics: 51% are still running OS 3.0, and 19% are still running v2.2.1, while 7% are still running v2.0 or earlier.

The reasons, as always, are very different. The update for the iPod Touch costs money, there are problems with internet tethering in 3.1, there is no firmware 3.1 jailbreak tool for Windows and it is impossible to jailbreak iPhone 3GS.

Have you perfomed the upgrade or not? Please, leave a comment why.

via iphonealley




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List of Cydia Apps compatible and incompatible with firmware 3.1



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Some users have already performed jailbeak for firmware 3.1 and faced problems with several Cydia applications. Some work with no problems, others send the iPhone to Safe Mode. Here is a list of compatible and non-compatible apps.

Applications NOT compatible with Firmware 3.1:

  • Winterboard
  • Backgrounder
  • Mobile Finder
  • ActivateMMS2G
  • Cycorder
  • PasteBoardStacker

Applications partially compatible with Firmware 3.1:

  • Cydia (apparently does not show the badge icon when there are updates available)
  • SBSettings (everything works except the button "Restart")
  • BossPrefs (everything works except the button "Respring")

Applications fully compartible with Firmware 3.1


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MonoTouch: C# and .NET for iPhone



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MonoTouch allows developers to create C# and .NET based applications that run on the iPhone and can take advantage of the iPhone APIs as well as reusing both code and libraries that have been built for .NET as well as existing skills.

Today MonoTouch 1.0 was released. It is avaliable via Novell online shop and costs from $400 for personal edition up to $4000 for enterprise edition.

via monotouch




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Monday, September 14th, 2009. 19:30

Action Babes have been approved [AppStore]



 

Something is changing in the AppStore application approval process. Action Babes has just been approved by Apple. It had been rejected previously due to explicit content, but now the developers have obtained approval and the download will be available from 15 September.

 




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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009. 16:56

Microsoft Offers Bing SDK to iPhone Developers



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According to a post on the Bing blog Microsoft has released the Bing iPhone SDK and Mac OS X SDK for developers:

The Bing iPhone and Mac SDK is available for download on CodePlex, open source under the Microsoft Public License (MS-PL).

The SDK provides:

  • The ability to easily query Bing from within Cocoa or Cocoa Touch application.
  • Perform both synchronous and asynchronous queries.
  • Search Bing for Web, Image, Video, News, and Phonebook results.

via iclarified




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Friday, August 28th, 2009. 16:17

Howto port iPhone apps to Windows Mobile



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Microsoft has released a developers guide for porting iPhone apps to — shock and horror — Windows Mobile.

Can’t blame them. There are more than 65,000 apps in AppStore.




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Friday, August 7th, 2009. 2:16

Apple Released firmware 3.1 Beta 3 [Video]



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Apple releases new iPod Touch / iPhone firmware - 3.1 beta 3, just couple weeks after firmware 3.1 beta 2. As usual it is only for and avaliable via developer.apple.com. iPhone 3.1 Beta 2 expires tomorrow, July 28 at 12am (device local time). The OS weighs is around 307MB.

You can now copy/paste videos into email like pictures. Previously you could only use the share option which would compress the video to a lower resolution. New functionality was tested with a 33 second video clip (14.7MB), sent via gmail. The recieved file was 640×480 / 30fps. Sending the same file via the share function resulted in a size of 3.21MB and 480×320 / 30fps. Here is a video demo:

UPDATE: Firmware 3.1 Beta 3: What's new?

via theiphoneblog, whenwillapple




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iPhone OS 3.1 beta 2 released: what's new?



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Apple released new SDK and new firmware and 3.1 beta 2. Unless you have a developer account with Apple, don't plugging your iPhone into iTunes, you're not going to have access to it. However here is an unofficial changelist:

  • Minor release focused more to fix the bugs.
  • New APIs for video and images. It appears that there will be many applications in AppStore, suitable to apply effects on a video or create animated slideshow.
  • Xcode bug-fixes.
  • More items have been localized, such as "In Play", "Request access WiFi".
  • Developers will be able to use WiFi for debuging, etc.
  • Baseband is now version 05:10:01. This means that all those who use unlock - do not update yet.
  • The iPhone is heated much less.
  • Old method to turn tethering on  does not work anymore.

UPDATE: Here are direct links to download firmware 3.1 b2:


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MiniGore Game Pre-release Video



Developers of MiniGore released a new video-game and the application has already been sent to Apple and is awaiting approval.




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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009. 19:31