This has been a busy week or so for the App Store, so I thought I'd chime in with my observations, as a user and developer.
First, Apple took a major step forward toward enhancing the structure of the App Store, by adding Keywords. Now, when developers submit apps, they must include 100 characters of keywords that will be part of the approval process. Before, Digital Chocolate, a game developer, had the word "ea." as in the abbreviation of 'each', repeated several times in their descriptions. The result was, searches for "EA" as in EA Sports, returned only Digital Chocolate apps! EA complained, and Apple listened.
Apple just released (within the past half hour) iTunes 8.1 and it seems to be "zippier".
They also have a new system for App Store reviews, where you can filter reviews by a particular version.
The primary enhancements for iTunes 8.1 relate to the new iPod Shuffle, introduced today, but there are quite a few other new features. Here's the Readme:
What's new in iTunes 8.1
I represented iPhone Life magazine at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and there was plenty of news to report for iPhone and iPod touch users. The following are notes from the event, plus brief reviews of some of the gadgets we were able to get our hands on after CES was over.
At least two vendors are trying to integrate headphones or speakers into something you already wear.
Some of you know that I attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas earlier this month and got to see some apps that had not yet been released.
Greetings Gadget Lovers...
Yes, MacWorld is getting underway, and there will certainly be news of note for iPhone and iPod Touch users coming out of San Francisco.
But I'm here in Las Vegas, preparing for the other big trade show of the week. CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, will have plenty of news for iPhone and iPod Touch users and I'll be covering it for iPhone Life Magazine, both for our printed version and right here in this blog. So bookmark this page and keep checking back throughout the week!
I'm writing an article for our printed publication, detailing my experience developing an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
While Apple prides themselves in simplicity, developing an app was rather tricky. However, the results have been rewarding.
It's official. Starting Sunday, you can get an iPhone at Wal-Mart. As is their trademark, the prices will be lower than elsewhere, but only by $2. I guess you can buy a couple of apps with the money you save!
Now that the dust has settled and it's clear that thousands of Apple fans will be deprived of attending a Steve Jobs keynote at Macworld. I thought I'd reflect on the first time I attended one of his talks.
It was in the mid-1980's, after Jobs had been unceremoniously ousted from the very company he started, and around the time he launched his next venture, appropriately named NeXT. He came to my university, Carnegie Mellon, to research some technology (MachOS) the school had developed which would become the core of his NeXT computer.
Groucho Marx once said he wouldn't belong to a club that would have him as a member. The iPhone club, while already setting records in the smartphone industry, is about to get bigger.
Not everybody has the luxury of an Apple store nearby, and not every AT&T store sells the iPhone. Plus, when the iPhone 3G was introduced, online ordering went away. With all of these obstacles, Apple knows there is always room for improvement.
Next month I will be heading to Las Vegas once again to cover the Consumer Electronics Show. I've been going to CES (or Comdex when that existed) since 1988 and it's always a great way to see the latest gadgets from numerous vendors. But one firm is conspicuous in their absence. Macworld is always held around the same time, and that's where Apple holds court. So it's understandable that Apple puts all of its eggs in one basket... or maybe it's a basket of apples?