Simon and Shuster will be publishing the authorized bio of Steve Jobs in early 2012 titled iSteve: The Book of Jobs. The biography written by Walter Isaacson was announces early last year but now we have a release date and title. Isaacson was once an editor for TIME and the
Yesterday we covered a report which claimed that iPhone app piracy has cost the App Store $450 million in revenues since it opened in July 2008. Shocking as that number may be, it's based highly on speculation. Ars Technica broke down the data which brought 24/7 Wall Street to the $470M conclusion and found that two of their assumptions aren't based in reality.
The first (potentially) wacky assumption they make is that, for every time an app is purchased on the App Store, it's pirated three times! From this number, the report assumes that 1.53 billion apps have been pirated, and at an average of $3 per app, you get $4.59 billion in potentially lost sales.
It might not seem like one person pirating apps would costs developers much money, but it really adds up when you consider all the people who do it. You have to jailbreak your device to get the most widely-used piracy tools, and after a recent report, it's easy to see why Apple tries so hard to counteract it. A report earlier today estimates the total cost of pirated apps to be $450 million.
Yesterday Apple announced that OS X iPhone 3.0 would be released on June 17th for all iPhone customers. They also mentioned that they've already reached Gold Master with 3.0 and would be seeding it out to developers that day to make sure developers' apps work with 3.0. Of course none of us have any patience and somewhere on the Internet, there is a legit copy of 3.0 GM. Best part is that it works on all iPhones, no need to register your device with the dev program. As far as we know, it'll be the exact same build we see on the 17th. Now where can you get it? Psh, I dunno. Google it or something. I don't know how piracy works. I just blog about the iPhone.
The guys at Ripdev have created a new tool to help combat App Store app piracy within the jailbreaking scene. Called Kali Anti-Piracy, it's a server-side service that helps developers guard against their apps getting pirated from the App Store. Developers interested in the service can get more information at the Ripdev website here.
With the appearance of official apps for the iPhone and iPod touch also came the appearance of official app cracking and piracy. Several websites have popped up since then for distributing these apps, but most have managed to stay under Apple's radar, at least until recently.
We haven't heard much from Zibri for quite a long time, but he's finally crawled out of his cave and let the world know what he's up to. He updated his blog today to give an update on a version of ZiPhone that he says isn't quite ready yet. He also accuses the jailbreaking community for having shifted their focus from allowing unauthorized apps to primarily getting apps from the App Store for free.