How should indie iOS developers deal with Apple?

In today's Apple roundup: Indie developers and iOS app store rejections. Plus: iOS 8 versus Android 5.1. And Apple will require online reservations for the Apple Watch

Indie iOS developers and Apple

Apple's iOS app store has long been a boon for independent developers. But dealing with Apple can be difficult if a developer's app is rejected. Many developers aren't sure how they should interact with Apple in those situations.

Allen Pike has some advice for indie developers who want to get Apple's attention:

Let’s say you’re an independent developer, and you want to convince the most profitable and successful tech company in history to make a change that benefits you. How might you go about that?

Naturally you start by filing a Radar or Getting the FO, but beyond that, it is infamously hard to determine who at Apple is actually responsible for your issue. It would be nice if every developer had a knowledgeable and responsive Developer Relations rep they could contact, but given that there are hundreds of thousands of iOS developers, that’s hardly practical.

...if you do a press interview feeding the latest “Apple is doomed because they rejected my fart app” article on Valleywag or Forbes, then Apple PR and the App Store team aren’t going to be enthusiastic about helping you, even if they may have their hand forced.

On the other hand, if you write some thoughtful criticism on some actual problems with one of their policies or APIs that happens to be circulated in the press, there will be people at Apple who want to solve the problems. There’s a difference between trashing a company and criticizing their policies.

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iOS 8 vs. Android 5.1

iOS 8 and Android 5.1 both have much to offer users. But sometimes it can be difficult to easily discern the differences between the two platforms. The Next Web has put together a useful comparison of iOS 8 and Android 5.1. It covers the major differences between the two mobile operating systems, and should make it easier for those who are still on the fence to make a choice.

Derek Walter reports for the Next Web:

The phrase “Android vs. iOS” is usually linkbait fodder, quickly dissolving into an argument amongst warring factions who who put way too much emotional investment into their favorite mobile operating system.

There’s a better approach. Both iOS 8 and Android 5.1 are compelling platforms, offering both divergent and similar approaches in design, utility, and function. A nuanced analysis of both operating systems reveal where both Apple and Google are headed.

1. Design

2. Multitasking

3. Widgets and Notifications

4. Sharing

5. Cameras

6. Software Updates

7. Security

Ultimately when evaluating iOS and Android you have to think about how each of these platforms are going to power multiple screens. Android not only works on phones and tablets, but powers Android Wear smart watches, Android TV, and now Android Auto. The same goes for iOS, with the Apple Watch and CarPlay all coming soon.

More at The Next Web

The Next Web readers shared their thoughts in the comments section of the article:

Lewis: "TL;DR - iOS is still playing catch up."

Dcupcattleranch: "Single digit distribution of lollipop half a year after its release, basically make the latest version of android irrelevant."

Renz Bernardo: "Form = Apple. Function = Android."

LukkrApps: "Android starts a product good, and Apple finishes it better... but others copy it best!"

Dvoraak: "I'll have to disagree. All are copying but for the past few years I'll say Apple has become the best at it followed very closely by Samsung. I give the nod to Apple because their OS and the user experience are being copied from Android while Samsung is copying the look of Apple's hardware. There's much more copying expertise involved on Apple's side. Anyone can copy the look."

More at The Next Web

No walk-in purchasing of the Apple Watch

Apple is already in high gear for Apple Watch pre-orders on Friday. Now the company has confirmed that there will be no walk-in purchasing of the Apple Watch when it is released on April 24.

David Murphy reports for PC Magazine:

Apple told CNET that all Apple Watch sales will require some kind of online reservation. You won't be able to just walk into a store, grab one off the shelf, and buy it on April 24. And this isn't just a launch day peculiarity. Until Apple changes its mind—which it might not—all Apple Watch purchases will require you to make an online reservation if you plan to pick up the device at an Apple Store.

Not only is Apple likely using online reservations to control inventory—and give potential customers a more reasonable expectation of when they might get a new smartwatch—but it's also being a bit more hands on about the entire purchasing process in general.

Apple likely wants to make sure that potential purchasers know all the options for which specific watch they might want and, just as important, which band and style they might want. It's a product that requires a bit more hands-on treatment than, say, grabbing a box off the wall and checking out.

More at PC Magazine

PC Magazine readers speculated on the motives behind Apple's decision to require online reservations to get an Apple Watch:

Mynameisshuckle: "...uh oh. That's one creative way to head off bad news of high inventory, and not enough buyers. CONTROL THE MESSAGE."

"I'm suggesting its not gonna be a barn burner, and that's why they won't sell them in-store. Because the lines will NOT be there... which translates into 'demise', and 'Armageddon' when you are apple. they definitely will NOT be sitting in warehouses, since they'll be making so few of them."

Crestind: "Usually with new Apple launches you have people waiting in lines days before. Can't remember if it was like that for the original iPhone. As far as I know there are no lines for the Apple Watch. It could be that Apple noticed this and implemented the reservation system..."

Nick Davis: "Artificially create a shortage to increase demand for the next shipment, been done for years and is an old marketing trick. I am surprised Apple is doing this because there is a demand for their product - even though sometimes it seems a little misguided. It normally signals not a complete confidence in the product as they attempt to build Evangelists for the gadget (because lets face it... its a gadget), through exclusivity."

Larry2012: "You know what? I don't give a rat's behind what, when, or how Apple pimps its over-priced products and I'll wager I'm not alone. Don't like elitists nor those who cater to them. Let the "IN" crowd of techie suckers spend their money on this garbage that will be outdated before the limited warranty runs out. I've had enough of both Apple and Microsoft. shoving their garbage down our throats. As long as they make pencils and notebook paper, I'll be just fine."

Chris Mann: "Never buy version 1.0 of anything. 2.0 is always better."

More at PC Magazine

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