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  • Apple Forcing Developers to Remove Usefulness

    One of the most useful iPhone monitoring applications iStat ($1.99 on the App Store) has been forced to remove one if its key features at the request of Apple. In the initial version of iStat for iPhone there was a nifty little "Free Memory" button that freed up iPhone RAM improving speed/performance. Sadly this feature is removed with the the version 1.1 update live now on the App Store.

    According to iStat's developer:
    iStat’s Free Memory function was removed at Apple’s request.
    This decision was completely out of our hands. Please note that all other apps with Free Memory appear to have been removed or updated without their Free Memory function too.

    This was not taken lightly—we examined our choices, taking a lot of public feedback on board. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and we do not plan to remove any other features from iStat.

    If you choose (and you haven’t already updated), you can continue to run iStat version 1.0. You’ll miss out on new features, but you’ll get to keep the Free Memory feature.

    We are very committed to ensuring iStat is the best iPhone and iPod Touch monitoring tool. Free Memory has been removed, but a lot of other useful features will be added in its place.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Forcing Developers to Remove Usefulness started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. tuton11's Avatar
      tuton11 -
      I just want to know why...?? Im not saying screw Apple unless they have a horrible reason..oh wait....ill stop
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      This is just more proof that Apple sucks.
    1. DMI187's Avatar
      DMI187 -
      got it going to sync it now
    1. Pistol1's Avatar
      Pistol1 -
      Jeez, stop whinging. The app was doing something it wasn't supposed to be doing (shutting down other processes running in the background) and so Apple put the kibosh on it.

      App Store apps will always have to stick within the rules that Apple lays down, and if they cross a boundary - even unintentionally, or by slipping something under Apple's radar - they risk having that functionality stripped out of them. Big deal.

      That's what jailbreaking gives you, freedom to do whatever you like. Use SBsettings, use 3G unrestrictor, Yourtube, Attachment Saver etc etc etc. Revel in your unfettered functionality, instead of moaning about the restrictions Apple places on the sheep who rely solely on the App Store.

      It's their ball park, they make the rules. End of story. (Except that we play in the field next door, and play by our own rules.)
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      ^^ Well-put!!
    1. ronblade's Avatar
      ronblade -
      What was the main problem in it's key features? Was that mentioned? I did not get that properly. But in my point of view, I heard some good report about istat. So, i don't get anything wrong.
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      WTF!?!?! I love this app! All the apps approved by apple have no functionality. They only approve apps that don't do anything at all besides take up space on your device. Download sim stapler you will no what I mean!
    1. Jonesy44's Avatar
      Jonesy44 -
      How ridiculous, Apple. Another reason to jailbreak, eh? SBsetting <3
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      This just gives the average iPhone owner yet another reason to jailbreak.

      After reading this tad bit of news one thing comes to mind: "Long live the jailbreak!"
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Digital Alchemist View Post
      THANK GOD for SBSettings, and thank (cr)apple for proving the need to Jailbreak!
      with every step forward they seem to take 6 steps back
      idk where i would be without jailbreak
    1. river0's Avatar
      river0 -
      I've found several free-memory applications at the App Store. I'm not going to list them here thereby helping Apple conduct their removal effort easier. But if you go searching and are imaginative, you'll find other apps like istat, some even better, that let you free memory.
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      Seems to me this is a good case for developers to sell two versions of their apps. Watered down version on apple store and fully functional version on Cydia store.
      Of course what we really need is a itunes replacement that would just interface to a store(s) (and support all phones) that all developers of any phone type could sell their apps. The only thing that gets apple's attention is when it involves money.