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Updating Things for iOS 8

Posted 2014.09.18 9.11 in iPhone

Things have been a bit slower than intended around here, but I am getting my apps updated for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and 6 plus.

I should mention, I did test my apps against iOS 8 (beta 5) in August and things all appeared to be working fine, so I don’t anticipate that anything has broken since Apple released 8 to the public yesterday.

Overlord! has just been submitted to Apple, it went first as I was already working on some tweaks for it when the information about the embiggened iPhones came out. I’ll post an announcement when it’s been released.

I’m a bit hesitant though as I sort of expect we might see a new iPad size or resolution next month, which will mean everything would have to be updated yet again to support it. Apart from rumours of an iPad Pro or Plus or whatever, there’s some hints that I think suggest a new iPad resolution of 2400×1800 pixels (or 1200 x 900 @2x retina).

It’s not that it’d be a huge amount of work, just the app update / submission / approval / release process itself is a huge pain in the arse and Apple sort of actively punishes developers for updating, by wiping out all the reviews and ratings every time you update.

So you work hard to build a good app and get a good reputation, then do the right thing and release an update, and they punish you by taking away your reputation and showing the app as not-rated again. Thanks Apple, we appreciate that.

(Incidently that’s why you see apps that nag you to leave reviews or ‘rate this app’. Because even if you have already rated & reviewed it, that was all wiped when the dev released a new update. So every update needs to be rated / reviewed. I won’t nag you in my apps for ratings / reviews, but I would very much appreciate if you would rate & review. Thanks!)

Anyhow, app-submission headaches aside, they’ve been dropping hints for 2 years that device sizes would be changing so I’ve built all my apps accordingly, so they already respond to varied sizes and dimensions. The aggravation is that Apple doesn’t just automatically let apps adapt to new phone (or iPad) sizes.

You have to ‘unlock’ the new size by including the appropriately sized launch image.

That’s it. Just a specific sized PNG in the app bundle.

But you can’t do that till they unlock the appropriate size in the development tools, which doesn’t happen till after they have their big announcements, etc. etc.

So you have different launch images for every device (and every orientation you support). Then there’s all the app icons. Different sizes. @2x. Now @3x as well…

Icon Mania

Anyhow, I’ve wandered off into a bit of a rant. Sorry about that.

App updates are forthcoming. I’m still here, just keeping quiet as I deal with some stuff. Stay tuned for more news.

Sixes and Nines

Posted 2013.11.09 10.01 in iPhone, Pointless Blather

So last Sunday, I sent up a new iPhone app for Apple’s approval. Still waiting to hear back from them on it. It’s a calendar replacement.

After iOS7 came out in September, I found they’d crippled their built-in calendar app by eliminating or neutering the two features I used most. List view, they eliminated completely, and Month view, they left in but totally borked.

After a week of frustration, it dawned on me to just go ahead and create the calendar app I wanted. And maybe other people would like it too.

It was a bit slow in coming out, as I first had to finish up Wicca Plus, then I had to learn the whole Event Kit framework as I’d never done any calendar stuff before. Anyhow, to learn more about it, you can see its product page here. I’m still waiting to hear back from Apple re. approval. Hopefully in the next few days it’ll hit the app store.

So with that out of the way, I’m now kind of unsure about where to go next. I have ideas for two more new apps, but I need to do more learning before tackling either of them. Or I could go back and start working on upgrades to existing apps.

I have almost a dozen new features to add to Wicca Plus… probably two months’ worth of work in there, actually.

But… I’ve sort of been working on iOS stuff non-stop since May, and I’m kind of starting to feel a bit of burn-out. Maybe I need a little break.

Then there’s my regular day-jobs, they still need attention too.

So, I’m not really sure what to do right now. Feels like a bit of a crossroads with no definite pull in any particular direction. Or equal amounts of pull in every direction.

As my mum would say, I’m at “sixes and nines.

What’s on my iPhone

Posted 2009.08.18 18.44 in Computers/Internet/Technology

First PageI read somewhere that the ‘average iPhone user’ has 6 pages of apps on their device. That seems like a lot to me, but then I’ve never been accused of being an average anything. I’ve only got three pages of icons on my iPhone, and none of those pages are ‘full’ – I don’t like the aesthetic appearance of a full screen of icons, for some reason eleven seems to be the magic number for me – that’s the most I will put on a screen, before it looks too crowded and busy for me.

On my ‘main screen’ (first page) the only two installed apps I have there are the two I created – Liber Umbrarum et Lux, and PassGenR. Not that I use them every day, but I’m proud of them and like to see them there. 🙂 Actually I guess there’s a third installed app there too – down at that bottom area, that appears on every page, is the Files app. Well worth whatever I paid for it, it’s a handy place to store data. For instance, I have copies of PDF manuals for stuff (digital camera, iPhone, etc) in there, so I can refer to them if I need to even if there’s no computer handy.
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