Mike Becky

Tag Archive for ‘App Store’

The Verge Looks at Europe’s Alternative App Stores ➝

It’s unlikely, as I’m sure Apple has sufficiently locked it down, but it would be rad if someone figured out how to trick iOS into installing these alternative app stores outside of Europe.

➝ Source: theverge.com

Apple’s New Rule for Emulators on iOS ➝

From Apple’s App Review Guidelines:

Additionally, retro game console emulator apps can offer to download games. You are responsible for all such software offered in your app, including ensuring that such software complies with these Guidelines and all applicable laws.

When I first saw the email announcing this change last night, I saw the word “emulators” and may have jumped to conclusions about what this would mean.

I suppose it’s still possible that emulators like RetroArch and PPSSPP would be allowed, but it seems like the rule could imply that this is just for retro game collections that allow for downloading of more games within the app. More like Sega releasing a Sonic the Hedgehog collection that utilizes emulation or a game developer that wants their homebrew NES game available on iOS.

I suspect someone will test the rule and see exactly where the line is drawn, but I get the feeling we’ll still need sideloading to have what we think of as “emulation” on iOS.

➝ Source: developer.apple.com

A Sour Solution ➝

Michael Tsai:

Microsoft got in trouble for bundling their browser with the OS and for preventing resellers from pre-installing competing browsers. They never interfered with other companies making their apps available. Apple doesn’t let resellers pre-install apps and does prevent certain apps (including third-party browser engines) from even being available.

What Apple has done by locking down the platform is far worse than anything Microsoft ever did with Windows.

It hurts users, it hurts developers, and I think it hurts the platform overall. Imagine how much more powerful our pocket computers could be if, for example, the folks at Panic were afforded the freedom necessary to make Transmit and Coda work on iOS.

How many developers gave up on an incredible idea because they knew it would never be approved by Apple, because the business model just wouldn’t work without the ability to sell upgrades, or because it wouldn’t be feasible with Apple taking a 30% cut of the revenue?

➝ Source: mjtsai.com

Launching as a Progressive Web App ➝

David Heinemeier Hansson:

It’s not a new concept. Google and Microsoft have been trying to push PWAs for years and years, since they both have a strategic interest in the web and avoiding platform lock-in (i.e. dealing with iOS exclusives). But it all remained a bit niche, because the biggest player in native, Apple, wasn’t playing ball.

That finally changed this year. In macOS Sonoma, Safari gained Add to Dock. In iOS and iPadOS 16.4, Safari gained two crucial features: Badge Counting and Web Push Notifications.

The “sweet solution” is actually pretty sweet now. I’m not convinced it will happen because native apps have so much inertia, but I’d love to see apps and services launch as progressive web apps rather than as native apps. If only because you can bypass the gatekeeper and remind everyone how cool the open web can be.

➝ Source: world.hey.com

User Locked Out of Apple Account ➝

Wasingtheisofwas, writing on Reddit:

I reach out to customer service. They tell me that I have violated the terms and conditions of the app store. I ask them to explain and they say that the account has been flagged for “Fraudulent Patterns”. I have no idea what that means, or what I could possibly have done on my iPhone that would constitute fraud. 

The customer support rep tells me that I will need to create a new Apple ID. When I ask him what will happen to all of the content that I have paid for over the years, as well as the subscriptions that I am currently paying for, he tells me that there is nothing he can do and that I cannot be refunded.

This is the kind of story that makes me exceedingly hesitant to rely on Apple’s services. And it makes Apple’s requirement that all iOS software be distributed through the App Store feel like extortion.

I hope we’re nearing a future where you can realistically use an iPhone without an Apple ID at all — replacing all of Apple’s services, including the App Store, with independent alternatives.

(Via Michael Tsai.)

➝ Source: old.reddit.com

The App Store Turns 15 ➝

Those early days of the App Store felt so magical. Suddenly, this little pocket computer had access to hundreds of applications to expand its capabilities. No more sweet solutions necessary.

But here we are, fifteen years later, and the App Store feels like more of a hindrance. A limitation on the platform that prevents entire categories of applications from even being developed.

For those of us that want to run these types of apps, we’re stuck relying on other sweet solutions to install and run the code. I would have hoped that Apple was the kind of company that would have opened things up years ago, but it seems they’ll be clinging to the status quo until regulators force their hand.

➝ Source: mjtsai.com

Apple Working on Sideloading for Europe ➝

This is only good news in my mind. Any potential downsides pale in comparison to the benefit of being able to install software that isn’t beholden to Apple and their capricious App Store rules.

➝ Source: mjtsai.com

Apple, App Store, and Government Meddling ➝


iOS and the App Store has not been a truce. It has been a destructive, abusive, lopsided, mistrustful relationship; a relationship that has allowed access to a platform advantageous enough to make you close your eyes and think of multi-touch. It has been an insult to history, an exercise in attempting to redefine away the fundamental facts of the market and of their existing user base and developer ecosystem in a puff of malevolent marketing.

I don’t see governments as the best arbitrators of required features in hardware or software, but they sometimes have a strong connection to what’s fair for the customer, and ain’t nothing about the App Store that’s fair.

I don’t want governments to get involved. Apple should do the right thing and allow the installation of apps from outside of the App Store without the need for any intervention.

Regulations, no matter how well intended, will have unexpected consequences. And in this case, I would guess it would somehow make it more difficult for competitors to get off the ground. But maybe that’s what Apple actually wants. Maybe they know it’s inevitable — they know they’ll be forced to allow installation of apps from elsewhere and their angling for it to be done in such a way that manages to more deeply cement themselves and Google as the only game in town.

➝ Source: take.surf