Tapbots have been the instigators of a multitude of clever utilities on the App Store. Paying a high attention to every minute detail, Pastebot ($3.99) brings the functionality of an intuitive clipboard manager to the iOS device. Allowing you to easily access your past copied or cut photos, links, snippets and text, the application is quite a must for anyone that has been exposed to the company's past works of genius as well as any other iPhone and iPod Touch user.
We've covered Wi-Fi Sync previously, a simple app that lets you sync your iPhone, iPod Touch, and now iPad, without needing to plug in. The app and its developer, Greg Hughes, got a bit of attention because of Apple's rejection. I recently had the opportunity to interview Hughes and discuss some of the details with his app, the app store rejection, and his feelings on Cydia.
I was able to spend a few days with Wi-Fi Sync on my jailbroken iPhone and found only two downsides to this extremely simple app: It doesn't work on the iPad and it's not available in the App Store. Wi-Fi Sync allows you to sync your iPhone or iPod Touch to your Mac without having to use the USB cable to do it. This is a feature that should be standard on all iDevices, unfortunately the app was rejected by Apple and is now only available for the brave souls who are willing to jailbreak their device.
Video of an amazing app surfaced a few weeks ago: Wi-Fi Sync, which let's you sync your iPhone or iPod Touch without the hassle of plugging it in to your PC or Mac. Not only did we feel this app should be available in the App Store, but it should be part of the next iPhone OS. Apparently the app reviewers at Apple don't agree, because we just got word from the developer, Greg Hughes, today that Apple has rejected Wi-Fi Sync, citing security concerns among other reasons.
Despite my prediction that Apple won't let Opera's mobile browser into the app store, Opera announced today on their web site that the app has been approved and will be available for free tomorrow. Opera advertises that their browser is noticeably faster on slower networks, like the 2G Edge network, by changing how sites render in Opera Mini. But users could potentially be less satisfied by Opera's "mini-Internet" instead of the "real Internet," something Apple claims Mobile Safari provides.
Opera offers this link to download Opera Mini for iPhone, but as of this writing the link is not working.
Update: Opera Mini [App Store] is now available for free in the US App Store.
Apple has started telling developers if their app name contains the word "pad", it needs to be renamed. So far no apps have been removed from the store for this title conflict, but updates submitted to Apple are being rejected if the title of the app includes "pad". We spoke to GameHouse, makers of a new iPad app entitled, PartyPad - Marble Mixer [App Store, $4.99], who confirmed that Apple recently requested a change of name for their app. A quick search on the App Store for the word "pad", reveals a lot of developers are going to be scrambling to find new names for their apps, some more difficult than others. Names like "Drum Pad", "Note Pad" or "Score Pad" are not going to be easy to comply with this new rule.
With only a few weeks until the iPad's April 3rd launch, Apple is apparently making "last-minute" changes to its upcoming iBookstore along with certifying apps to run on the iPad. Per Forbes, San Francisco-based Busted Loop is said to have learned about the iBookstore categories while working on a project designed to make it easier for the public to find apps. The category infomation comes from data supplied to Apple enterprise partners.
When Apple banned sexual content from the App Store, there were a lot of mixed opinoins from people. A lot of apps were banned in the process, and it left a lot of people wondering what Apple's motives were for doing so. Four days after the chance in policy, Apple's Phil Schiller is explaining their decision to make the change.
In a major revision of App Store policy, Apple has effectively banned sexually explicit content from the App Store. According to a letter received by Jon Atherton, developer of an application called Wobble iBoobs (I bet you can't guess what it does...), Apple has removed his app from the App Store because they "have decided to remove any overtly sexual content from the App Store, which includes [his] application."
The most talked about issue developers have with the App Store has been the long app approval times, but the new year seems to have brought significantly shortened wait times. Several developers have corroborated that Apple's turnaround has greatly improved and are now measuring the time it takes in hours and days instead of weeks and months.
The first time we noticed this was when Facebook released a bug update to Facebook for iPhone in under 24 hours. We initially thought that it was due to special treatment for Facebook, but many of your comments suggested that other apps were being approved just as fast.