James Montgomerie’s World Wide Web Log

Apple, Failure, and Perfect Cookies

It’s painful, hard, and often time-consuming to restart when you’re already done, but you can’t argue with the results. Both Apple and Nintendo create some of the best, most inspired design out there.
Lukas Mathis, in Chabudai Gaeshi


On Frequent, Intense Mature and Suggestive Themes

Marco Arment has written a provoking article about Apple App store ratings. I haven’t really looked at the situation since my original (and, at the time, infamous) brush with the Apple law over the rating of Eucalyptus. As you may remember, it’s rated, at Apple’s request, 17+ for “Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes”, because users can access Victorian textual translations of, for example, the Kama Sutra from it. How are other book reading apps rated? I took a sample of the popular ones:

  • iBooks: 4+
  • Kindle: 4+
  • Blio: 4+
  • Nook: 4+
  • Stanza: 4+
  • Wattpad: 9+
  • Kobo: 12+

In case you’re …


On Pushing, and the Apple Developer Forums

I posted a question to the Apple Developer Forums today. This is almost always an exercise in frustration, and I think I have an idea why. It’s because web forums are inherently a ‘pull’ service.

It used to be Apple ran developer mailing lists (and they still do - Cocoa Dev, for example, is still thriving), but they’re now pushing people to use the developer forums instead, and not creating mailing lists for new technologies.

A mailing list is easy to ‘hang out’ on - just sign up, and the emails are ‘pushed’ to you. Normal human compulsions then …


No Review Copies of 17+ Rated App Store Apps

I am wary that this blog is in danger of turning into “Gripes With Apple”, especially after last week’s article, so I thought twice about posting this. It’s certainly not of the same order of magnitude as last week’s news, but it is something I’d usually blog about if I hadn’t seen it covered anywhere else - and I haven’t seen it covered anywhere else, so here goes…

Recently I noticed that I can no longer generate “promo codes” for Eucalyptus. These codes are basically akin to iTunes gift cards, and they allow free copies of apps to be …


Thoughts on iOS Content Purchase

I’d like to take a moment to talk about Apple’s new policy on paid ‘content’ in iOS applications. If you don’t live in the Apple bubble I live in, let me explain: Esentially, all apps that allow users to comsume pay-for content (magazines, music, books etc.) must allow the user to buy access to that content in-app, using their iTunes account. For this, Apple will take 30% of the retail price of the content. Content can also be sold outside of the app, via whatever means you can think of (books on your web site, an newspaper subscription bought via…