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Apps accessing UDIDs and not supporting iPhone5/retina to be rejected by Apple

Apple has always come down heavily on developers and laid down stringent regulations in order to ensure a secure and content rich ecosystem of applications. It has been seen time and again that applications that does not adhere to the guidelines laid by Apple, are often taken down from the app store.

It seems that Apple has gone all out this time, in order to have a more secure environment of information sharing. There has always been a huge debate on the use of UDIDs by iPhone apps developer. A unique device identifier (UDID) is a 40-character string assigned to certain Apple devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Each UDID character is a numeral or a letter of the alphabet.

Using the UDID, the developers are able to track the overall behavior of subscribers which posed a big privacy issue. Developers are able to learn the activities of the users via UDIDs and target them with specific advertisements. The move comes after a year of warnings from Apple regarding third-party use of Unique Device Identifiers, which are leveraged to track users for advertising purposes.

Over the years, Apple has taken cognizance of this aspect and have urged developers to discourage app tracking using UDIDs. But as the pressure was mounting over the Cupertino company, it has gone ahead and issued a stern warning to developers to adhere to its new policies or else applications found to be using UDIDs would be rejected from the app store after May 1.

This move however has been highly welcomed by the consumers who believe that it is an ideal step towards better privacy policies. As advertisements offer a big chunk of revenue stream, it has been seen time and again that the privacy of users is compromised to deliver customized advertisements.

In another major move Apple also made it mandatory for the developers to make their applications compatible with iPhone 5 screen size. With the launch of the the latest iteration of iPhone, Apple increased the length of the screen, due to which legacy apps had black bars on both sides of the app as they were made for a 3.5” screen. After months of contemplation, Apple has now made it compulsory for developers to add support for 4” screen.

Starting May 1, new apps and app updates submitted to the App Store must be built for iOS devices with Retina display and iPhone apps must also support the 4-inch display on iPhone 5. This will ensure a consistent experience for all the users of iOS devices. The applications that fail to adhere to the new policies would not be accepted and would be removed from the app store. This is a positive step from the behalf of Apple, which would increase the quality of applications in the app store.


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Dynamics in play that make iOS the most preferred platform for developers

There has been a huge tug of war brewing between mobile platforms to garner support of developer community. The two big names of iOS and Android have been up in arms with each other to woo developers over to their platform. It is a known fact that popularity of a mobile OS is dependent upon the quality and quantity of applications in its market place. With more than 800,000 applications in the Apple app store, iOS has been at forefront ever since it launched in 2007. But over the years Android has been giving it a close competition, with nearly 700,000 applications in the Google Play store.

Although many are of the view that the pace at which the market trend is going, Android would soon surpass iOS in the application department, but there are various dynamics in play that still make iOS a preferred platform as far as developers are concerned. There is no denying the fact that iPhone brought a revolution that is visible in the current smartphone market. It provides a feature-rich platform to the developers and other users with several technical opportunities.

With the recent launch of BB10, iOS has officially become the oldest mobile platform in use and has been criticized by many for its static user interface. Widgets and gesture support is the need of the hour for the users, but that has not stopped iPhone app developers to support and create applications for the platform.

Intuitiveness of iOS: Although it is an era of open source and customization, iOS is still considered to be the most intuitive mobile OS. Apple has kept its ecosystem as closed as possible allowing no room for its users to customize the overall UI. But this has not proved to be much of a concern for iPhone users due to the fact that the overall fluidic design garnered by iOS is far superior to its competition.

Rich quality of applications: Apple has been always known for its rich application base. There is no denying the fact that applications on iDevices have always been far superior than its counterparts. Apple provides its developers with highly impeccable development tools along with iOS SDK (system development kit). Development in C, C++ is always known to be superior as compared to JAVA development.

iOS is not prone to fragmentation: One of the biggest advantages that iOS has over its main competitor is a non-fragmented platform. Apple has always ensured timely updates to its range of devices. On the other hand Android has been always known to be prone to fragmentation. This creates a lot of hassle for developers as this can break the compatibility of their application.

Malware free App store: Security has always been the number one priority of Apple. Due to the fact that Apple has kept its app store as closed as possible with a range of stringent regulations for developers, it can be termed as malware-free. On the other hand the open nature of Android has made it susceptible to Trojans and spyware.

Innovative nature of Apple: The Cupertino company has always been known to employ one of the most innovative thinkers in the industry. With a range of products on the hardware as well as software front, Apple has changed the overall socioeconomic paradigm of market. This has resulted in extensive iPhone development solutions, which has made iOS the most preferred platform for iPhone app developers.


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Social App monetization on a rise in the app store

Apple has been highly proficient in monetizing its app store which is why developers have always preferred it to other platforms. In the recent figures released, it was evident from the fact that the Cupertino company was able to rake in over $10 billion out of which $7 billion were paid to the developers.

App monetization is the main focus for any developer and the rich content base of Apple ensures that the revenue stream does not dry up. Apple has always been at forefront in helping ios apps developer to come up with innovative applications to make complex operations of users more simpler. As far as app revenues are concerned, games have always topped the list. With the latest freemium model of revenue generation becoming popular among the developers, those number have shot up even further.

By giving the applications for free to attract the masses and then charging for various add-ons to enhance the user experience, developers have ensured large userbase and more revenue. With the increase in competition and a splurge of applications in the app store, it has become difficult for developers to maintain that profit margin.

Over the years Games and productivity have been the most profitable category in the app store. But recent figures suggest a dark horse that has skyrocketed from behind to land in the third place. Social networking has always been the most important aspect for smartphone industry. The popularity of hand held devices has been due to the access to instant communication. With most of the top grossing applications coming from social networking category, there was still the lack of revenue generation due to the fact that most of the developers were offering the service without any cost.

The recent app store analytic portray a huge rise in monetization of social networking application. The in-app purchases have helped iPhone apps developer to generate some revenue with the freemium app model. The overall ecosystem of the app store has always been promising due to the stringent regulations laid down by Apple. Due to the fact that Apple app store is known to some the most intuitive and rich content, users as well as developers have always preferred it. It has been seen time and again that for an increase in ROI, there should be a correct understanding in the developer’s mind regarding the purpose of the app, the type of the app as well the market and the customers targeted. A compelling mobile app has a value itself however every other application has a price value which can be churned out and unlocked through the apt mobile app monetization strategy and in app advertisement.

By adding more functionality to the applications, and enhancing the overall user experience, developers are able to churn some revenue from the userbase. With the advent of in-app purchases for some add-ons and extra usability, social networking applications have risen substantially.


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Apple crosses a milestone in education with over one billion iTunes U downloads

Apple’s products have always revolutionized various sectors by making them more efficient. The ecosystem of content management in the form of applications that Apple has created is unquestionable. iPhone as well as iPad have definitely become the leader in smart phone marketplace with their versatility and flexible nature. With the advent of iPads, there is a whole new paradigm of technological shift that has been seen in the desktop computing market. Understanding the importance of mobility, users have been preferring iPads to other computing devices as it offers more diversity and richer content on the go.

Education is one such aspect where tablets and especially iPads have transformed the overall functioning. Ever since the tablet industry got recognition it has been portrayed mostly as an e-book reader. Keeping that aspect in mind iPhone app developers have created a plethora of applications pertaining to e-reading and education. It is a known fact that interaction and intuitiveness has always been seen as an important aspect for modern education. Moving away from the traditional static nature of books and implementing a more dynamic phase of e-learning, education has reached far greater heights.

The recent numbers released by Apple re-affirms that statement with over one billion downloads from its iTunes U store. It is a great achievement from the Cupertino company as it shows that users don’t see iPad, just as a mode of entertainment, gaming and communication. The iTunes U features the world’s largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools and prominent libraries, museums and organizations helping educators create courses including lectures, assignments, books, quizzes and more for iOS users around the world.

This is a prominent news for all iPad application development as it shows that iPhone and iPad are entering into different spheres of socioeconomic paradigm enabling a richer and more versatile platform for sharing of information.

More than half of the downloads were initiated from outside the US, showing the global reach of the store. It not only gives developers a platform to tap into the education industry by creating more rich content based applications keeping a worldwide audience in mind, but also for education institutes to improve the overall learning curve for students.

Apple is spreading the wealth and this wealth is made up of information. iTunes U’s success shows a growing acceptance of online education around the world. By streamlining the information sharing, Apple has generated new horizons for developers. Ranging from entertainment, productivity, health care, gaming and education, Apple has provided its dedicated developers a prominent platform to make information sharing more dynamic and instantaneous. As this information can be readily available anywhere, anytime on the go, users are accessing more data, which is enabling developers to provide with better services.


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Tired of likes and favorites on social networks? Try Hater App.

There is a huge culture of “likes” and “favorites” that is brewing across various social networks. These platforms of social connect are based on things people like and want to share. But what happens when a person wants to dislike a thing. Up till now there was no answer to it, but an app that describers itself as “an app that allows you to share the things you Hate” has given a new meaning to social hating.

The Hater app is a perfect place to dislike and push the down button instead of the traditional like button. It is a seamless platform where users can scroll through images and dislike the ones they don’t like. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that you can even share it with your friends and post it to major social networks like Facebook and Twitter, so show the world what you don’t like. The pictures can range from celebrities, politicians, bad service, too much traffic, bad movie, person wearing weird clothes, classmates, or even annoying Facebook “friends.”

The user interface of the application is very niche with emphasis being given to intuitiveness and simplicity. After you log in the application with you credentials, you are presented with a screen where you can browse through the most popularly-hated things. Users can then slap a dislike or a comment on the picture and continue browsing through other hated pictures.

There is also an option given to users to upload their submissions and perform a Google search to find images of popular hated topics. After selecting the pictures users can even put some filters on the pictures to make it appealing and post it with a title and caption. Users can also follow their friends and other haters to view things they hate. There is also a live streaming feed that shows all the hates from the people you follow. Moreover you can also write a hate rant to their posts and share it with your own followers.

There is an interesting feature in the application that makes it unique with the incorporation of anonymous hate share. Under an Alter Ego, haters can can share the hates anonymously so as to conceal their identity and hate. There are many other options that make the idea of hating a lot of fun. It is a land of social media where you are not bound to like a post and can dislike a thing as per your preference.

The application also allows users to add Geo-locations to the image as well as hash-tag to distinguish each post. It is an easy way to keep up the conversation across various haters for seamless communication. With push notifications integrated into the application, users can access and reply to the comments and hates on their posts. The interface of the application is simplistic and feature rich, with major emphasis given to interaction.

So next time you see a photo which you don’t like and want to rant out your annoyance, you can seek the solace in a shared discontent. Available as a free download on the iTunes, it requires iOS 4.0 and above.

To download Hater App for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch click here.


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