App Store developer FutureTap just revealed that they have received their first crash report from an iOS 5 device. This means that Apple is currently field-testing their next-generation mobile operating system that runs on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with applications from the iOS App Store. The application apparently crashed in iOS 5 due to the MKUserLocationBreadCrumb.
Just received the first iOS 5.0 crash report. MKUserLocationBreadCrumb sounds interesting.
This could possibly mean that Apple changed up some map and location APIs in iOS 5, causing issues with map-based applications built for current versions of iOS 4. iOS 5 is expected to take on some new cloud-based features and will be officially unveiled at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in early June. Apple is expected to release iOS 5 in September alongside the fifth-generation iPhone. Thanks, Peter Silie
Another app maker is displeased with Apple’s new subscription policy it announced last week. Richard Ziade is a co-founder of Arc90, creator of Readability, and posted an open letter to Apple about how much he dislikes Apple’s new policy on both Arc90’s and Readability’s blog.
The problem stems from Apple’s rejection of a Readability app for iOS because Apple’s iOS guidelines state, “Apps utilizing a system other than the In App Purchase API (IAP) to purchase content, functionality, or service in an app will be rejected,” says Ziade. Readability already has to pay a 70% revenue cut to publishers and with the new subscription policy Apple charges another 30% revenue cut on top of it.
Readability essentially lets users read an article on a web page, but only shows the text. It pulls the words from the page and formats it into text-only viewing with no ads or videos. The two companies are not unfamiliar with each other because Apple uses Readability in its new feature on its Safari web browser called Safari Reader.
Ziade says the policy “smacks of greed” but he does offer a compromise to Apple. Readability still wants an iOS app and is willing to offer it with in-app purchasing, but only if Apple agrees to give 70% of its 30% cut back to writers and publishers like Readability does. I’m not sure how well that is going to sit with Apple, so we’ll just see who will concede in this stare down.
[via LA Times]
ccording to a report released today by the mobile security firm Lookout, the Android Market is growing at three times the rate of the iTunes App Store. The number of apps in Apple’s store increased by 44% since August, while the number of Android Market apps increased by 127% during the same period. This is according to Lookout’s App Genome Project report, based on an analysis of more than 500,000 mobile apps for these platforms.
Apple’s store still has more apps, but that may not last long. Apple has 350,000 apps for the iPhone, compared to 88,000 in the Android Market. But according to Lookout Chief Technology Officer Kevin Mahaffey in an interview with CNET, “If apps continue to be developed for each platform at this same rate, the Android Market will have more apps than the Apple App Store by mid-2012.”
Apple also has a much higher percentage of paid apps (66%), but that percentage has declined from 70% since August. 34% of the apps on the Android Market are paid apps, and that has increased from 22% since August.
It will be interesting to see the impact that subscriptions and in-app purchases have on the app market in the next year as well.