Apple Thoughts - News & Reviews on all things Apple

Be sure to register in our forums and post your comments - we want to hear from you!


Android Thoughts

Loading feed...

Laptop Thoughts

Loading feed...

Digital Home Thoughts

Loading feed...





All posts tagged "api"


Thursday, March 19, 2009

iPhone 3.0: New APIs

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

The one thing that Apple has been criticized for with regards to the iPhone since the advent of the 2.0 firmware is how closed it was. With 3.0, it seems like Apple is going to great lengths to open up the APIs offered to developers. Previous things that were off-limits are now not only possible, but implemented easily for developers to take advantage of.

For example, in-Application Maps are now a reality. No more clicking a "Go to Map" link that takes you out of the application and into Google Maps. An example was given of a wine bar application that had half the screen as a list of bars and the other half a map pinpointing their locations.

Other interesting tidbits included Apple opening up the iTunes library, meaning if you don't like the built-in iPod, you could theoretically write a new client to play music because you have full read access to the entire library. Apple also has finally lifted the ban on turn by turn and allowed developers access to Core Location, but in order to implement it developers will have to provide their own maps; Google's agreement with Apple does not allow their maps to be used for turn by turn GPS.

There are tons more niceties in the new OS, but one thing's for sure; Apple was obviously focused on giving developers much more access to the OS and the hardware than in 2.0, and this should make developers pretty happy in the long run, which of course means happy consumers aren't that far behind!


Monday, December 15, 2008

Where's Peeps?

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.plausiblelabs.com/peeps/

"Peeps is not currently available in iPhone App Store - the application was rejected because Apple believes we are using their private Cover Flow implementation. We actually wrote our own implementation of Cover Flow, so we're hoping the decision will be overturned."

Apple rejected Peeps because the developer claimed he was using Coverflow. Apparently his implementation was good enough (along with his claim of using it in his app) that it got his app rejected. I'm not a fan of Apple rejecting apps (see the previous post about Pull My Finger) but in reality, if you claim to use a private API and your app gets rejected, you shouldn't be surprised. Of course, if you're Google, you have the right to use whatever API you want and your app will be warmly received and featured, but that's Google and, as unfair as it is, we're not.


Featured Product
News Tip or Feedback?

Contact us

Other Apple Resources

All iOS News

iPhone Life

Thoughts Media Sites

Windows Phone Thoughts

Digital Home Thoughts

Zune Thoughts

Apple Thoughts

Android Thoughts

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...

News

Loading feed...

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...

News

Loading feed...

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...

News

Loading feed...

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...

News

Loading feed...

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...

News

Loading feed...

Sponsored links