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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. Ticko's Avatar
      Ticko -
      lol facebook is out sweet
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      I think I'm more shocked that people are shocked that Apple did this. Um, it's Apple people. First iPhone for some of ya? Get used to it.
    1. WaLLy3K's Avatar
      WaLLy3K -
      I noticed this exact same thing yesterday while looking around, found it strange that no one had reported on it.

      They replaced MemoryInfo with a pissy 'lite' version, I'm so glad I bought the fully purchased version when I did.
    1. stickman1000000's Avatar
      stickman1000000 -
      Free memory has gone the only ones I can see left are memory status and memory info lite And also istat is still in the aus AppStore
    1. WaLLy3K's Avatar
      WaLLy3K -
      Quote Originally Posted by stickman1000000 View Post
      Free memory has gone the only ones I can see left are memory status and memory info lite And also istat is still in the aus AppStore
      iStat is still there, but 1.1 removes the free memory feature.
    1. bigmoss's Avatar
      bigmoss -
      Quote Originally Posted by Squeaky369 View Post
      I see the Facebook 3.0 app was released, I'm surprised they didn't block that for some stupid *** reason.
      Where did you see the new Facebook App released app store still shows 2.5 ??

      ******Never mind looks like a caching issue with Apple it says its 2.5 but its actually 3.0
    1. hot sause's Avatar
      hot sause -
      whyyyyyyyyyyyyy?
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      Buh, who cares? I swear, all these "OH DAMN YOU APPLE FOR YOUR SILLY APP WAYS" threads/replies seem to ignore that there does exist a certain helpful App site for whenever Apple does ridiculous stuff like this, one which provides downloads to several versions of retail apps that show up in the App store. My point: it's not like the version everyone likes has vanished from the internet. If you don't like the newest update and you're jailbroken, just download and use the older version. Maybe if you cared enough, you could even manage a way to install both the new and old versions of the app side by side.

      All that being said, isn't there a jailbreak app which does this?

      I'm fairly certain I've been using one for quite a while (and I'm fairly certain its a jailbreak app since it allowed killing of specific processes.) All thats going on here is the app is killing off several overly huge processes that tend to run in the background. With my iPod Touch, it always was the Mail App daemon (which continues to run in the background if you enable Push email notifications - i.e. I'm telling you to set it to manual if you want to easily save memory) and usually the Safari daemon as well.

      Bottom line: you don't need this Appstore app, you never did, you can do it yourself, you can do it free, and more importantly you can do it better.
    1. ddonuts4's Avatar
      ddonuts4 -
      (insert colorful language here) apple
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      Free Memory is awesome. I can have 168 MB RAM free even with all the mobile substrate add-ons and plug-ins I have in one easy step. I will not be losing this. No update for me.
    1. Limegrntaln's Avatar
      Limegrntaln -
      Who cares. I just use force quit, comes standard on every iPhone, probably why they deleted it.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      How do u free up memory in sbsettings?
    1. reddawg's Avatar
      reddawg -
      How do u free up memory in sbsettings?
      1. Install SBSettings in Cydia first
      2. Swipe finger across top of iPhone screen to activate SBSettings
      3. Click Process button
      4. Press "FREE UP MEMORY" button.

      Pretty simple!
    1. tonester1's Avatar
      tonester1 -
      its funny how we all love the iphone so much even tho apple trys so hard to piss us all off haha
    1. Limegrntaln's Avatar
      Limegrntaln -
      Or just hold down the sleep/wake button till you get the power off slider and then release and hold down the home button till slider goes away, does the same damn thing
    1. DylanYo's Avatar
      DylanYo -
      Is Apple just trying to take all the good stuff away?
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Thanks guys, but I think we love our iphones the way we do because of jailbreaking. iphone would be no fun without cydia!
    1. spyder2005's Avatar
      spyder2005 -
      Its actually fairly simple to explain:

      Slower iPhones mean more iPhone 3GS sales.

      Its as simple as that ...
    1. kofster's Avatar
      kofster -
      Frikkin CrApple. But then again, who is iStat fooling? With the set feature that 1.0 has, what can be more useful to take the place of freeing up iPhone memory?
    1. Riviera's Avatar
      Riviera -
      What an *****.
      Thank God I still have Free Memory 1.4