Jul 24, 2012 - 3:51 PM - by dgstorm
We’ve reported last week about the Russian hack that allowed users to make in-app purchases without actually paying a dime. Apparently Apple fixed the issue and today the company has released a document that teaches developers how to forfeit the in-app abuse.
Basically the document is Apple’s way of allowing developers to use private APIs so that a permanent fix can be obtained.
“Please note: This hack is essentially stealing. Developers who've worked hard on app content that you want to use or play with deserve to be paid for it, and gaining access to that content illegitimately is wrong.”
As mentioned above the hack is not working in iOS 6 at all, courtesy of new improved and updated APIs. So when the new operating system will be debuted in a couple of months, such hacks will constitute issues of the past. Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr assured users that this will be the case:
“We recommend developers follow best practices at developer.apple.com to help ensure they are not vulnerable to fraudulent In-App purchases. This will also be addressed with iOS 6.”
The problem is that the hack is still working in the current version of the operating system, but the developers are working to solve the issue as soon as they can.
In the mean time, Apple advises buyers to be careful when validating receipts and be on the constant look out for suspicious things when logging in to the App Store.
Source: In-app purchase hack won't work in iOS 6, say coders | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Jul 24, 2012 - 11:11 AM - by Maura
Cult of Mac reports that it has been discovered via the iOS 6 beta 3 that you will no longer need to input your Apple ID password when you want to download a free app from the App Store. Cult of Mac first reported on the matter when iOS 6 beta 1 was released, when it discovered that users were no longer being prompted to enter their password when downloading updates of games or apps they already owned, or re-downloading previous purchases. Now it looks like this has been extended to the downloading of free apps, which makes a lot of sense really. I’m sure we’ve all wondered why we were having to bother to enter our password when downloading a free app in the past, well now we won’t have to, assuming Apple keeps this new feature in the final gold master version of iOS 6.
Source: New In iOS 6: App Store Doesn’t Require A Password To Download Free Apps | Cult of Mac
Jul 24, 2012 - 10:38 AM - by Maura
AppleInsider reports today on the views of KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has told investors that he believes that Apple is preparing to launch two different iPads following on from the launch of the next iPhone, which he says will be in September. He thinks that Apple will announced a new, mini version of the iPad in September, and he also backs up talk of a refresh to the regular iPad line, saying that the various tweaks due to be applied to the newest version of the regular-sized iPad are nothing to do with the unit’s looks, which will remain the same, but which are designed to reduce component costs and also stop the device from getting too hot. Kuo says to expect this refreshed iPad in October. He doesn’t have a release date for the iPad mini, but it will most likely be shortly after the September launch. Kuo says that although he doesn’t think that the iPad mini will rack up particularly huge sales initially, by the time the holiday season rolls around, it could do very well indeed, with sales of over 13 million units, which would be more than the regular-sized iPad.
Source: Apple expected to debut iPad mini after September iPhone launch
Jul 23, 2012 - 4:27 PM - by dgstorm
Apple toped yet another survey. According to research coming from Opera Software, the iPhone’s operating system turned out to be the best mobile platform for advertising. The second runner up is the Android operating system.
“The iPhone leads the smartphone OS pack with an average eCPM of $2.85. Though it is closely followed by Android devices (at $2.10). The rest of the mobile phone field is significantly behind.”
Opera Software is one of the biggest mobile ad publishing enterprises. So far it holds over 9000 customers worldwide and in 2011 has been pushing over $240 million dollars of ad revenue to mobile app publishers all around the globe.
The company explains its findings - the iOS and Android devices are on top due to their popularity among the masses and their intuitive options in usage. Also, the two operating systems feature HTML5 browsers that come in handy in terms of usability.
The survey also takes into account the iPad – a device that has proved to hold a very high eCPM. The eCPM is a measure that helps indicate the level of advertising performance in a gadget.
“The iPad is also achieving significant user adoption in user groups that are highly desirable to advertisers. For example, 40% of physicians own or plan to own an iPad or tablet by the end of 2012, according to Nielsen projections.”
Source: State of the Mobile Advertising report
Source2: Apple's iOS most effective mobile advertising platform, report says
Jul 20, 2012 - 2:27 PM - by dgstorm
The iPad has carved a spot for itself in every field of human activity that includes education, space travel, medicine, entertainment and according to new research is on the rise in the business sector as well.
Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) research has been tackling this issue recently, with the results suggesting that after the release of the next generation iPad in 2012, business users had a tendency to pick up the device more frequently. CIRP found that in just four months since the device went on sale business usage saw a significant rise.
So far iPad owners would user their tablet to browse online, to check their emails when they weren’t at home, they used apps, played video games and read. But with the introduction of the third generation iPad a change of dogma happened. According to the findings made by the CIRP now, 21% of Apple tablet owners use their device in a work related environment. Social media is also a very popular destination of tech fans with 16% of users login in daily to their Facebook or Twitter accounts.
It might be theorized that the new iPad is inherently more business like as it comes packed with a 4G connectivity option, a sleek processor and a wonderful Retina Display. These features do come in-handy in a professional environment as the better functioning of software is notably improved.
“Now that Apple has launched three generations of the iPad, it’s become clear that they intend it as a tool, not a toy, especially with the improved display and faster connection, stated CIRP partner Michael Levin.
Source: Buyers of Latest iPad More Likely to Use It for Business - John Paczkowski - News - AllThingsD
Jul 20, 2012 - 12:16 PM - by Maura
The newest version of Apple’s iPad has finally launched in China today, and The Next Web is reporting that things have gone pretty smoothly this time around, without the chaotic scenes of previous launches in China, thanks to Apple’s pre-planning to avoid any trouble. In order to quell the excitement, unlike its usual preferred launches where customers line up and are cheered on their way into the store by members of staff, in China, Apple introduced a pre-sale reservation system, where customers had to register their interest in buying a new iPad first, and then go and pick it up at their assigned pick up time. This is designed to cut down on scalpers as well as queues. Despite this, security gates were set up in case things happened to get rowdy, but it doesn’t look like they were needed. The Next Web also reports that it seems as if the scalpers have been kept at bay by the new scheme as well.
Source: Apple Launches the New iPad in China to Short Queues and No Chaos
Jul 19, 2012 - 2:36 PM - by dgstorm
In March of this year, Apple reported that they were planning to expand their Austin, TX campus sometime later this year and create approximately 3,600 jobs as they invest over $300 Million in the project. The company will be receiving $37 Million dollars worth of state and local government incentives over the next 10 years for the boost to the Austin economy that it will provide. A new report indicates that they are moving forward with these plans and have just purchased three tracks of land from the McShane Development Company, and finalized this sale on June 21st. This land is adjacent to their current campus at 12545 Riata Vista Circle. This campus houses customer support, sales and accounting teams, which will basically double in size after this project is completed.
They also pledged to pay an average $35,000 salary to the bottom 10% of its employees, and a minimum of $11 dollars an hour to any contract workers. It was not reported how much Apple paid for the land, and neither company returned phone calls to the Austin BizJournal for comment.
Jul 19, 2012 - 12:51 PM - by dgstorm
Last week, Apple was confronted with a security breach problem that enabled users to make in-app purchasing without paying for the selected items. But, as MacRumors noted, Apple was very quick to fix that by adding a new field entitled “unique_identifier” to its purchase receipts.
First, Apple tried to remove the YouTube video made by Russian hacker Alexey V. Borodin from the website’s servers, while PayPal blocked his account. Even so, these measures did not last long as the hacker bounced back in a few hours.
Google took some serious action against the breach and tried to assist Apple in this matter. Borodin himself reports that the search giant made his “instruction” blog obsolete:
“Okay, it's time to move to another blog system. Let's free Google from problems coming from some fruit company. Okay, here is solution. Getting Started is now hosted on another server,” Borodin announced.
Apple took the final step by applying the unique_idenfier, but what is curious about this move is that in the past the Cupertino clan was against apps collecting UDIDs. Ultimately they didn't seem to have much choice, and are using this measure in the absence of a better alternative.
Source: Apple Now Including Unique Identifiers for In App Purchase Receipts to Combat Hack - Mac Rumors
Jul 18, 2012 - 12:41 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider has some great pictures today that reveal early design concepts for the iPad that were first created from 2002 to 2004, and that have come to light thanks to a court filing. The pictures were first posted on Network World today, and show that the early iPad prototypes were not that far off what Apple eventually released, complete with rounded corners, the dock connector at the bottom, a similar glass touchscreen front panel, and the plain back with the logo. Interestingly though, these early prototypes do not have a home button, and also have a smaller black border around the edge of the screen. They are also considerably thicker than the first iPad that was finally released in 2010 by Apple. AppleInsider notes that this pictorial evidence of the existence of iPad prototypes way back in 2002 confirms what Steve Jobs said at the 2010 All Things D conference about Apple working on a touchscreen tablet even prior to developing the iPhone.
Source: Court filing reveals Apple's iPad prototype from early 2000s
Jul 18, 2012 - 11:50 AM - by Maura
AppleInsider writes today that according to Chinese blog, M.I.C. Gadget, thousands of people all looking for work are lining up outside Foxconn’s Chengdu plant in China, as the company looks to hire a new army of workers to cope with the summer increase in production for both the next iPhone and the iPad mini. Apparently the job description that has led so many would-be employees to queue up has just one criteria, that the worker has good eyesight. M.I.C. Gadget’s sources say that many of the open positions have already been filled very quickly once advertised, but there are still a few openings left. AppleInsider says that it’s possible that production on the iPad mini has already started at Chengdu, which would seem to contradict earlier reports that Apple was planning to build the iPad mini in Foxconn’s new plant in Juniai, Brazil.
Source: 'Thousands' apply at Foxconn ahead of rumored iPhone, iPad mini build
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