It sure looks like it. After rejecting several apps for this reason—and being criticized for it—I’ve recently noticed a trend in the other direction. Some examples:
- GMail - An alternative email client that has replaced Apple Mail for me.
- Opera Mini - An alternative web browser that doesn’t rely on the WebKit rendering engine.
- Downcast - An alternative to the Apple Music app for listening to podcasts (previously podcatchers had been rejected)
- Calvetica - An alternative to the Calendar app
- Skype - An alternative to FaceTime for video calls
And there are many more. You can count Pandora, Spotify and other services as alternatives to the Music app, and there are god knows how many camera apps.
How Wired.com Tracked the iPhone Finder[?]
Folks keep linking to this post on Brian X. Chen’s personal blog, about how Wired tracked down the iPhone seller, with the implication that Wired was somehow super sleuthy. But this article tells us nothing about how they found him. Here is how they picked up the trail according to Chen:
It all started with a Facebook comment. The day Gizmodo published its 4G iPhone bombshell, our former intern Rose Roark saw a suspicious-looking note posted by Hogan on someone’s Facebook wall. She pointed it out to me, and I agreed it was telling.
OK. So But how did they know to look, on that day, at his comments of the millions on Facebook? How was Roark connected to him? We still don’t know how Wired tracked him down. So they used the Internet to track down an address for a name. Great. But how did they get the name?
Apple rejected my iPhone App, and I’m glad
As a developer, it’s a little frustrating that we now have to find a new icon, resubmit the app, and likely wait another couple weeks for such a small thing. As an iPhone user, though, I’m glad Apple is manning the quality control station.
Did Amazon Intentionally Cripple the Kindle iPhone App?
Lots of talk today about the Kindle iPhone app Amazon released today. One thing I haven’t seen addressed is the apparent lack of support for magazines and newspapers. I own a Kindle and downloaded the iPhone app. It synced in all the books I had purchased, but not the magazine and newspaper subscriptions. Other folks seeing this? If this is the way it is, that’s a shame because short articles (rather than books) are what I would read on the iPhone.