Yes, developers still prefer to develop for iOS, despite the fact that it’s not the most popular OS out there, because even though Objective-C is terrible, it’s easy enough to learn for beginners and Apple sells you tools which make it a breeze to turn ideas into apps. The entry fee is quite high since you need to buy a Mac, some software and a developer license, but it seems to be worth it for hobbyists.
People who enjoy coding and like a challenge will favour Java (Android / BlackBerry) and HTML5 which isn’t a 2nd class citizen on all platforms.
This post was triggered by yet another useless post on BGR 😉
Some “media experts” and some consumers and companies believe that because Apple is curating apps you can find in their apps store, they face a lesser chance of being infected with malware or of using badly written apps which don’t perform well or leak information.
Well, once again (remember Instagram?), a security researcher proved that iOS is missing basic privacy protection mechanisms and that pretending to check apps to protect users is only an excuse to make money by taking a cut of the profit. Apple simply can’t control, in detail, what is in every app they release.
So this time, we have the LinkedIn app which is sending users’ calendar meetings to the LinkedIn servers without the user knowing about it… This can be especially dangerous when things such as conference call phone numbers and passcodes are stored in the event itself. Fortunately, there is a way to turn that feature off, by simply refusing to let LinkedIn show the calendars in the app itself.
But it doesn’t solve the big privacy issues plaguing iOS, a 5 year old OS which was never built to be secure, but to look smooth and to be very easy to use in order to kill Nokia’s Symbian. Apple has tried multiple times to implement enterprise features, but most attempts have failed as it’s simply not in Apple’s DNA to build a secure OS. SMEs and corporations usually have to rely on 3rd party solutions to try and make these devices usable in a business environment.
We already know that Siri is to be avoided by privacy concious individuals since everything that you do is sent to Apple through the Internet, but some small business owners who allow their employees to use iPhones may not be aware of leaks taking place through a service like Siri.
Businesses should follow IBM’s footsteps and ban Siri.
The U.S. patent and trademark office in the US has granted Apple a trademark for their “there’s an app for that.”
It’s just another example of how bad the Intellectual Property situation is in the mobile space…
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