The New Yorker app is now compatible with the iPhone following a recent update of the iOS App, which was previously iPad only. The latest update to the app, released yesterday, brings the version number to 4.0 and allows users who have an iPhone to read the magazine in a dedicated format for the device. To celebrate the release of the iPhone compatible app, the New Yorker is offering one issue free to all those who download the app. In addition, there is a brand new video for the iPhone edition with John Hamm and Lena Dunham, giving some amusing instructions on how to use the app.
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A new report is suggesting that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion could be released to the public on July 25, via distribution through the Mac App Store. According to 9to5Mac, sources have revealed that overnight activities will be happening in Apple Retail Stores on the evening of the 24th, which in itself is not unusual but fits with a launch pattern for the 25th July. Apparently, the master image of Mountain Lion will be installed on each Mac in the Apple Retail Stores so that when customers arrive, Mountain Lion will be ready and waiting.
While the launch date is still speculative, as no official confirmation has been seen from Apple, it is relatively consistent with previous reports that Mountain Lion would launch around July 24. The new OS will be distributed exclusively through the Mac App Store so a near instantaneous roll out will occur when it is released, priced at $19.99.
Disney, no amateur at cranking out movies, seems to have a bit of a knack for cranking out top rated and highly popular iOS games as the latest release from the company affirms. Disney’s new game, called ‘Where’s My Perry’, has quickly reached the top of the paid apps chart on the iOS App Store, following its release on June 28. The game is the pseudo-sequel to the other massive Disney game, ‘Where’s My Water’ which has sold millions of copies and regularly hovers around the top ten chart on the iOS App Store.
Following on from the news yesterday that some app updates from the iOS App Store were corrupted during the download process, Apple has apparently sorted the problem (via The Loop). According to a statement that came from an Apple representative there was issue regarding the Digital Rights Management included with each corrupted app, the code that controls access to the app. The company now seems to have rapidly identified and fixed the problem so all app updates should go pretty smoothly now.
“We had a temporary issue that began yesterday with a server that generated DRM code for some apps being downloaded, it affected a small number of users…the issue has been rectified and we don’t expect it to occur again. Users who experienced an issue launching an app caused by this server bug can delete the affected app and re-download it”
A rather weird and apparently temporal, bug has occurred in some iOS apps which have been recently updated, causing them to crash for some users. The issue which was first described by Marco Arment, the developer behind Instapaper, who noticed that when he submitted a stable version of the app to the App Store, between the time of submission to the App Store review process and the point at which the app was installed and launched on users’ iOS devices, the app was corrupted and would not launch.
As such, Arment received a deluge of complaints from users who couldn’t use the app any more, despite the fact that he had submitted a stable version to the App Store. He suggests that it related to corrupted App Store binaries. A small number of other apps apparently also experienced the issue, such as Goodreader and Angry Birds Space. Apple has not yet acknowledged the issue, but it doesn’t seem to be affecting all newly updated apps, just a select few.
Amid the swirling rumors that Apple is set to release an entirely new Retina Display enabled Mac line-up next week at WWDC, eagle-eyed spotters at TNW have noted that apps are now starting to appear on the Mac App Store touted as having Retina Graphics. The first app to appear with the new Retina Display feature is FolderWatch, an app that automatically mirrors the files on your Mac with another network drive or file server.
As can be seen from the description, the latest update to FolderWatch (an Apple staff favorite in June 2011), brings the version to 2.0.4 and as noted in the release notes for the update, the app now includes Retina Graphics. Unfortunately, you can’t just download the app and see the amazing new graphics for yourself as the current generation of Macs do not have the pixel density necessary to offer Retina Display.
Despite the fact that there is an overwhelming selection of apps available on the iOS and Mac App Stores, one of the chief complaints that many people have is that it’s getting increasingly more difficult to find good quality, but less popular, apps. While there are some alternatives to this such as scoping out the Editors picks on the App Store, looking at the top seller lists, or even going to websites to look at what others are using,
Recent reports have suggested that Facebook will be getting similar treatment in iOS 6, that Twitter received in iOS 5 i.e. full system-wide integration in Apple mobile devices. Perhaps one of the most useful aspects of this integration would be the ability to ‘Like’ apps on your device. This would enable other people in your social network to see the apps that you actually like instead of the ones that people are simply buying, which would be a fundamental change in how apps are recommended to users.
A new strategy from Amazon lets users try out Android apps from the Amazon app store from within an app, giving users an easy way of finding out whether they want to purchase the full version of the app or not. Given that the iOS App Store has historically not been supportive of this approach, is it time for Apple to take a fresh look at their policies. The iOS App Store now has in excess of three quarters of a million apps available on it, which therefore makes it a pretty difficult task to make a decision to purchase one app over other apps that offer similar functionality.
According to the App Store Review Guidelines, Section 2.9 states that ‘apps that are beta, demo, trial or test versions will be rejected’. This means that it is difficult for developers to offer test versions of their apps for users to try out before they purchase. We’ve said ‘difficult’ and not ‘impossible’ because many can developers circumvent this rule by offering ad-supported free versions of their apps that allow users to test drive the app before purchasing the full version. However, isn’t it time for the App Store to start allowing apps that are full-version, full-featured applications, but are time-limited, to allow users to get a better idea what they will be purchasing?
Apple has e-mailed a select number of App Store users to survey them about their habits for usage of the App Store. The survey email, sent from firstname.lastname@example.org and conducted by Canadian market survey firm Adantis, looks to garner a little more information from users about what devices they use to download apps from the App Store. The questions look to establish what devices are predominantly used for app purchases, what OS is being run on those devices.
The survey also seeks to establish how many apps are contained on a device and how quickly the very first app was downloaded after the device was purchased i.e. the day of purchase being the first selection. There are also questions related to in-app purchases, awareness of whether an in-app purchase was taking place, and the organisation of apps on a device.
The developers of the popular Sparrow email app for iOS devices have released an update today, bring a bunch of new features to the latest iteration of Sparrow, version 1.2. According to the Sparrow blog, the new version brings four new features to the app including new message navigation, the ability to edit and create folder labels, the ability to compose e-mails while in landscape mode (for seriously serious iPhone email users) as well as language support for 9 languages.
The developers also address the issue with Push notifications in the app, a feature that many people have been screaming for since its release and, essentially, a key differentiating factor that would convince some users to switch from the iPhone mail app to Sparrow. The devs note that Apple is not willing to grant an exception to the rule that apps have to send any Push notifications from their own servers which means that the Sparrow servers will have to host the Push feature for all users.