Widgets have been one of the major features requested and rumored for iOS since the early days of the platform. Ever since Apple started letting developers create apps for iOS, we’ve been wandering if they would ever implement a widget system, allowing tiny applications for common tasks without having to boot up a whole new instance. Apple bakes this into OS X with Dashboard, so why not iOS? In fact, the lack of certain basic apps on the iPad prompted some to claim that widgets were just around the corner. Hopes were high that iOS 5 would finally bring this […]
I’m a developer or at least I have a developer account that is used to submit the everythingiCafe app to the App Store. I’m also a tech blogger who covers Apple. The lines between those two started blurring within the blogosphere a long time ago. Apple’s Developer program, priced at just $99 per year, allows developers the ability to download the latest beta versions of iOS. When you do so, you must agree to a lengthy non-disclosure agreement or NDA. The NDA effectively means that you shouldn’t discuss any aspects of the software you’ve just downloaded. Remember, the reason for […]
Yesterday, many of iOS developers left the WWDC keynote with their heads hanging due to Apple replicating their apps functionality in iOS. As wounded as they are, I have a gut feeling that they’re incidental casualties in a much bigger battle. In the Apple developer word, there’s the term “Sherlocked” — it’s when you create an app, and the Apple rocks up and provides the same functionality baked in essentially destroying your version. It’s named after an event that happened with Mac OS 10.2, which shipped with Sherlock 3, killing off Karelia Watson, amidst claims that Apple copied the indie […]
If you happen to own both an iPhone and AppleTV, then yesterday’s release of iOS 4.2 was thought to bring you great joy. One would have thought that you could easily view videos shot on your iPhone on your HDTV with a few clicks. Sounds plausible right? You shoot a few videos of your kids or in my case cats and you want to share them with friends and family. This feature is not part of AirPlay in iOS 4.2.1. Say what?