UPDATE: After the developer, Ingleforge talked to an App Store manager the app was resubmitted minus a couple of added features that Apple said was contravening it’s rules and the updated app is finally in the store and available for free download!!
I recently reviewed an app for the iPhone called Wurlit Apps 3D, built by a developer I know based in Cambridge, UK. Wurlit Apps 3D is a 3d front end for the Apple Apps store that allows you to see preview screens, read views and search the app store from a funky and slick 3D front end. In the newest version you can also send a link to an app to a friend which I personally think is a great idea and adds the core part of social networking for me, personal recommendation. But unfortunately this version is not allowed in the App store according to the developers, Ingleforge. It has been rejected for breaching the App Store rules even though this is not the only app to do this, although it is the only one in 3D and that the original version is still in the store! The developer is quite stunned and so am I. Does Apple’s App store submission process actually follow any logical path? Or is it, as it seems to be more and more every day, an arbitrary process? Read the developers woes here.
I have to say that for ages I was not overly convinced about the Apple iPad. I had a HP tablet PC, the tc1100 about 6 years ago, whilst I was working in an agency environment and the clients thought it was cool and it worked well for taking notes and demonstrating ideas/presentations and personally I loved the thing. I guess thats why the iPad didn’t grab me, it’s not anything new.
Wurlit™ Apps 3d is a free application released today in the Apple app store, you can get it here. It is the first 3d browsing front end available for the the Apple app store. Using a patent-pending 3d engine Wurlit offers the end user “the top 25 free and paid apps in each category in glorious 3D, with seamless transitions between categories.” Designed to make shopping for apps fun the end user can quickly move around. “Simply flick the screen to spin the app cloud” and “tap on an app icon to zoom in”
Steve Jobs has confirmed that Apple have the ability to remotely terminate applications in your iPhone. CNET et all have reported Jobs words which originally appeared in an interview he gave with The Wall Street Journal.
“Mr. Jobs confirmed such a capability exists, but argued that Apple needs it in case it inadvertently allows a malicious program — one that stole users’ personal data, for example — to be distributed to
iPhones through the App Store. “Hopefully we never have to pull that lever, but we would be irresponsible not to have a lever like that to pull.”
There seems to be so many Apple apologists in the blogosphere. I wonder if their reaction would be the same if Nokia announced that it’s phones all dialled back into Nokia to tell them what applications you were running. I expect their would be outcry and rightly so and dont let us fool ourselves that this is an attempt to make your iPhone safe from Trojans/viruses. Any half decent code would be so buried in the OS that this wouldn’t see it. I wonder if this is a way of tracking jailbroken phones and then could Apple stop them from connecting to any mobile network, probably not, but it’s a thought!
Sources: CNET / Wall Street Journal
I really like these. Spotted over on Crunchgear. These rubber skins fit over your keyboard and have colour coded shortcuts and functions printed on them. Unless your using the same app every day then you will never remember all the shortcuts so at $30 for a laptop skin and $40 for a desktop one I think they are a bargain for the multi digital user; and they also keep your keyboard clean! One note, these are US layout covers but I guess you could set up a keyboard preferences to handle this. Purchase them here but there is no mention of international shipping, shame.