Month: September 2010

Phoenix iOS September 2010 Meeting Summary

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September brought another great meeting, with lots of interesting discussion.

News of the Month

Apple News

App Store Volume Purchase Program

  • Offer your apps for a 50% reduced price
  • Valid on purchases of 20 or more copies
  • Educational institutions only
  • All or any of your apps

Game Center Achievements and Leaderboard Categories

  • Allows for complete testing
    • Anyone planning to use it?
  • Currently using OpenFeint?
    • Adding PlayTime realtime voice chat

New iTunes Connect Payments and Financial Reports Module

  • More information that is more accessible
  • Reduced payment threshold
  • Single monthly payment, significantly reducing bank fees

New Sales Data

  • 120 million iOS devices
  • 230,000 activations each day
  • 250,000 apps, 10% of which are for iPad
  • 6.5 billion app downloads, 200 per second
  • iPod Touch = bestselling portable gaming (of sorts)

iTunes 10

  • Ping social network
  • Retrieve “friends” from Facebook or Twitter?
  • TV Show Rentals @ 99¢
  • Improved Syncing
  • Improved app management?

Apple TV

  • $99
  • Streaming-oriented
  • Netflix, YouTube, etc.
  • Running iOS
  • No apps currently

Slimmer iPod Touch

  • FaceTime (front-facing camera)
  • Retina display
  • HD video recording (rear-facing camera)
  • 3-Axis gyroscope
  • A4 processor

Other New Hardware

  • Touch-screen Nano
    • Camera removed
  • Button-added Shuffle

iOS 4.1

  • High Dynamic Range photos
  • Proximity sensor, Bluetooth, and iPhone 3G bug fixes
  • High-definition WiFi video upload (to YouTube)
  • TV show rentals and purchases
  • Game Center debut
  • Ships September 8 (golden master now)

iOS 4.2

  • Unifying iOS for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
  • Wireless printing
  • AirPlay
  • Wireless video, audio streaming from device 
to speakers, etc.
  • November timeframe

Other News

Camera+ Removed from App Store

  • TapTapTap submitted Camera+ with a “volume snap” feature.
  • Apple eventually rejected the app due to the feature
  • TapTapTap resubmitted without the feature and it was accepted
  • Shortly afterward they revealed via Twitter that visiting camplus://enablevolumesnap in Mobile Safari would activate the feature
  • Apple removed the app from the store

“Easter eggs” in apps are generally allowed by Apple (scroll down to September 18, 2009) if they’re disclosed during submission.

iAds Ups and Downs

Generally positive reports for regular iAds
  • Dictionary.com
  • Jirbo (developers of 197 apps)
  • Others
Some negative reports about iAds for Developers
  • Cost Per Click (CPC) is $0.25
  • Cross Forward Consulting
    • Developers of Audiobooks Premium 
(top 10 book app) and others
    • 6 days, 2 million impressions, 
5,000 clicks, 84 sales
    • $14.90 per sale (of a 99¢ app)

Tutorials & Code

iOS Wireless Ad Hoc App Distribution

  • Distribute ad hoc builds to your testers 
wirelessly via the web
  • Anyone with a UDID in the .mobileprovision simply visits the site, clicks the link, and your new build of the app installs
  • Hunter Hillegass’ iOS Beta Builder, a free Mac app, does most of these steps for you.
  1. In XCode choose Build and Archive
  2. In the Organizer click on Archived Applications
  3. Select your app and click on Share Application
  4. Pick the appropriate provisioning profile and click Distribute for Enterprise
  5. Enter the full URL of where the .ipa file will be hosted and click OK
  6. Create a website with links to your .mobileprovision file and the generated .plist, with the .ipa file in the previously-chosen place

jeffreysambells.com/posts/2010/06/22/ios-wireless-app-distribution/

New Facebook SDK

  • Anyone tried it?
  • Memory leaks?

Monthly Calendar

NSCoder Phoenix

Every Tuesday, 6-9pm
Liberty Market in Gilbert
Follow @NSCoderNightPhx

NSCoder Scottsdale / XcodePhoenix Lab

Every Thursday except 2nd, 6-9pm
Paradise Bakery in Scottsdale
XCodePhoenix.com

XCode Phoenix Monthly Meeting

Thursday, September 9th, 7-9pm
Target Training International in Scottsdale
XCodePhoenix.com

Using Rails to create REST API’s for mobile device consumption

Tuesday September 28th, 7:00pm
Gangplank
Existing Rails application that needs an Android or iPhone client?
Existing Android or iPhone application that needs to share/store data in the cloud?
phxrails.com

Phoenix iOS Developer Group (Pi)

Wednesday, October 6th, 6:30-8:30pm
University of Advancing Technology 
in Tempe
Phoenix-iOS.org

Extended Calendar

Voices That Matter iPhone Developers Conference

October 16-17th
Philadelphia, PA
www.VoicesThatMatter.com/iphonefall2010/

360 iDev

November 7-10th
Austin, TX
http://www.360iDev.com

Fighting Chicks Unlimited

App presentation by Tim Giron, JinDianZi, LLC
Fighting Chicks Unlimited in the App Store

Tim presented a new, goofy, video-oriented app for betting on marshmallow Peeps that are “jousting” in a microwave. He discussed the effort required to ensure proper video playback (and development) on iOS 3.1, 3.2, and 4. He also talked about the app being initially rejected by Apple due to an iPad Human Interface Guideline violation.

Story Patch

App presentation by Matt Wymore, Haywoodsoft, LLC
Story Patch in the App Store

Matt presented a clever app designed to allow children to create their own multi-page story books with text and graphics. The app includes over 800 graphics, and Matt discussed how he integrated infinitely-scalable SVG graphics into the app, first following a route that effectively translated them into Quartz graphics, then changing to using a UIWebView. He also discussed some unusual marketing ideas that are targeted at the parents of kids who would enjoy the app.

Being Featured in the App Store plus Integrating xAuth/OAuth Twitter Authorization

Presentation by Jiva DeVoe, Random Ideas, LLC
iZen Garden 2 for the iPhone in the App Store
iZen Garden for iPad in the App Store

Jiva first talked about being recently featured in the Rest & Relaxation area of the App Store Essentials. He revealed how the featuring affected app sales and for how long.

He also discussed updated iZen Garden so that it uses Twitter’s new pseudo-OAuth authorization. He discussed the fixes needed to make the MPOAuth library work, including fixing bugs in the code. The group also discussed using Matt Gemmell’s MGTwitterEngine, including the fact that it includes a fair bit of code that does things other than a simple Twitter post.

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Pi Meeting Tonight, September 1st, at 6:30pm

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Everyone’s invited to tonight’s Phoenix iOS Developer Meeting whether you’re a developer, hoping to be a developer, or just interested in talking to developers or about iPhone and iPad apps.

The meeting is from 6:30-8:30pm at the University of Advancing Technology, 2625 W Baseline Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283.

Here’s the agenda:

Monthly Update & Calendar
Lots of interesting news this month, including today’s new Apple products.

Story Patch
An app presentation by Matt Wymore of Haywoodsoft, LLC

Fighting Chicks Unlimited
An app presentation by Tim Giron of JinDianZi, LLC

Mystery Presentation
A mystery presentation by Jiva DeVoe of Random Ideas, LLC

Don’t miss it!