November 5, 2012

Somebody listened to me

In a surprise twist, it appears that someone at Apple listened to my plea to have Keystroke placed back in the App Store.  I’m very happy!  I fully expected for my request to be dumped in a big bucket of unanswered emails.  It’s nice to know someone out there is being somewhat reasonable.  Thank you.

November 3, 2012

Keystroke bites the dust

Well what do you know… it’s happened yet again.  Apple decided my Keystroke app isn’t “useful” enough to remain on the App Store, so they pulled the plug.  At first I was a bit miffed they were censoring me, but then I realized it couldn’t possibly be only me.  Sure enough, in the last day or so there have been other news reports that any App on the store that simply mentions Emoji is being shut down.

Granted, my Keystroke app was much more useful before iOS 6 hit the streets, as Emoji was a cumbersome item to enable.  But with iOS 6, everyone gets it for free.  The Emoji Apps that Apple is targeting, I assume, were around to try and enable the hidden built-in Apple Emoji keyboard.  What made Keystroke different was that it provided its own custom keyboard implementation.  And it also provided access to other built-in Apple keyboards so you could compose messages with the keyboard of your choice.  Keystroke wasn't just an Emoji-enabler, it was a message composition tool with switchable keyboards (only one of which was a custom Emoji keyboard).

I wrote back to Apple pleading my case to have Keystroke reinstated, as its sole function does not revolve around Emoji.  I suspect it will fall on deaf ears.

Nevertheless, this is yet another instance of where the App Store curation process has gone over-the-top to yank off Apps that only they don’t want.  Another instance of poking developers in the eye.  Another annoyance to me making me reconsider why I’m still putting any work into iOS since it can all be wiped out with the wave of someone else’s hand…

March 14, 2012

Pricing Stability

I’m of a similar mindset with Brent Simmons when it comes to App Store pricing.  In his latest blog post, he lays out reasons for why a stable, non-changing price is the best policy.

I’ve also had the same idea, and my Apps (with very few exceptions) have had stable pricing since day one.  It is a much friendlier environment when you know exactly what something is worth and never have to guess if it will be “on sale” sometime later.  If you want an App, buy it and feel confident that you were not obtaining it at an inopportune time.

March 7, 2012

The “new” iPad

Apple introduced their “new” iPad today.  As soon as the online store starts functioning I’ll be placing an order.  (Then I’ll be updating my relevant iPad App Store titles to take full advantage of the retina display!)  One thing I’d like to mention about the post-Jobs Apple:  new naming scheme for products is terrible.  When they come out with the next iPad model, this new one won’t be new anymore, but its official name will still be the “new” iPad.  Yuck.  Plus the recent naming schemes for phones and such has been a sequential numbering system, interspersed sometimes by the letter “s”.  This iPad should have either been called iPad 2s or iPad 3.  This is going to get mega-confusing mega-fast.