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  • More 2.2 Features. Podcast Downloads (rip-off?) and App Rating Popups (flawed)
    A couple more features have been revealed in addition to google street view in the latest firmware 2.2 beta.



    It has all become clear. Apples rejected the awesome app Podcaster under the premise that "... Podcaster assists in the distribution of podcasts, it duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes," forcing Podcaster distribution via Cydia instead of the AppStore. Turns out that might not be the full story.



    Evidentally Apple has included the buttons in the latest build of firmware 2.2 to "Get More Episodes" hinting that firmware 2.2 will be able to subscribe to Podcasts without having to connect to iTunes. It is easy to make the assumption that you would also be able to download new Podcasts directly from the iPhone. Both of those are features previously unavailble on the iPhone and first made possible with Podcaster. I wonder if Apple took a look at the Podcaster source code and did a copy here and a paste there for their new feature.



    Another new feature (or annoyance) in firmware 2.2 is a nice little popup every time you remove an AppStore app. The popup asks you to "Please Rate the app you are deleting. This is most likely in effort to get more reviews flowing into the AppStore since the amount and frequency of AppStore reviews has decreased since they made purchasing mandatory for reviewing AppStore apps.

    The problem with this new little popup is that the thinking behind it is just flawed. If someone is deleting an app do you think they liked it? If you thought and app was awesome would you delete it from your phone? I think not. If this feature goes live with the public release of firmware 2.2 it will undoubtedly create an unfair bias of negative app reviews.

    [via macnn and tuaw]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: More 2.2 Features. Podcast Downloads (rip-off?) and App Rating Popups (flawed) started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. sogo's Avatar
      sogo -
      No Thanks
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      The app rating pop up is a bummer. If I have used an app from the appstore then I take the time to login and give a review on my PC. Hopefully they will rethink this.

      I have no idea what podcasts are, but it sounds like a good deal for those that use them. Why not? You can download everything else already so I wonder why the podcasts were excluded.
    1. 96hondaex's Avatar
      96hondaex -
      So would the Podcaster dev/s have a case if he/they decided to sue?
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      Apple have probably had this on their 'to do' lists since the first firmware
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      Quote Originally Posted by redcard View Post
      Apple have probably had this on their 'to do' lists since the first firmware
      along with copy paste
    1. thechubbyman's Avatar
      thechubbyman -
      i think that "get more episodes" might just extend the list, just like "load 25 more emails" does.
    1. 461am's Avatar
      461am -
      So I get to enjoy popups on my phone too now? YAY!
    1. grahampaull's Avatar
      grahampaull -
      Anybody know when this is due to be released ?
    1. ipodtouchpro's Avatar
      ipodtouchpro -
      why don't you say that the second one revealed iPhoneHellas.gr?( this is the best site in Greece!!!!)
      Link

      By the way you're my second favorite site for iPhone News.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
    1. mtwiford's Avatar
      mtwiford -
      I am sure apple thought of the podcast idea long ago. They are just saving some of the ideas for new firmware releases. Also people may not only delete apps because they dont like them. There are a lot of other factors to consider. They may need space to load more music, movies, etc. They may have too many apps and want to add a new one, so they have to delete one not used as frequently to make space on the springboard for the new one. That would not necessarily mean they do not like the app.

      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      The app rating pop up is a bummer. If I have used an app from the appstore then I take the time to login and give a review on my PC. Hopefully they will rethink this.
      Even if the pop up does happen with the new firmware, apple will probably include a switch to turn it on/off. If not I am sure a developer will come up with a bypass that will be available on Cydia.
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      i'm not feeling those either. There had better be an OFF switch in the preferences menu.lol
    1. vandy1997's Avatar
      vandy1997 -
      Is that all that certain people think about? I purchased Podcaster, and it's a nice app, but it's not rocket science to go from putting the product on the phone through iTunes and putting it on the iPhone directly. I'm sure that Apple has been planning to do this for a while - if it IS doing it. That option to retrieve more may be to retrieve more podcasts that are already on the device. If there is no patent on it or if this process has been done before or it is known or available to the public (also known as prior art), then you cannot patent that process, and in each instance, no suit can ensue. Even during the patent process other companies can negate the patent by demonstrating that there is prior art. So there is NO CHANCE OF WINNING A SUIT POSSIBLE HERE!

      Also, whoever is leaking this info is violating the NDA because this is a firmware version that is not available to the public. So this option may never be included in any final firmware! Those people may be sued for violating the NDA, but Apple refrains from suing them.

      You should be happy that Apple will be providing additional functionality, if it chooses to do so, instead of just thinking about devising ways in which to sue the company that provides a product which you can choose not to buy!!

      Quote Originally Posted by 96hondaex View Post
      So would the Podcaster dev/s have a case if he/they decided to sue?
      I don't mind the rating popup. Maybe Apple should do it as an option that you can turn on or off. I would probably leave it on because I would like to leave feedback, and this is a way in which to do it quickly. If I delete an app, it doesn't necessarily mean that I didn't like it. Maybe it was a great app, but it didn't fit my needs or maybe I am rotating apps because my screens are full, and I am deleting the app to install another app, but I may install that deleted app again. In that case, the app may be excellent, but I am just deleting it, and I would like to provide feedback.

      What I would like Apple to implement is a system in which the high scores and other info can be maintained on the phone even if I delete the app. Because it may be an app that I will reinstall in the future, and I want to have that info stored when I reinstall the app in the future. That should be an option that could be turned on and off in settings for apps and would be very useful. I'm going to patent that so that I can sue Apple later when it implements it - haha!! I'm just making a joke relating to the guy who asked if Apple can be sued by the Podcaster developer for implementing downloads of podcasts directly onto the phone.


      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      The app rating pop up is a bummer. If I have used an app from the appstore then I take the time to login and give a review on my PC. Hopefully they will rethink this.

      I have no idea what podcasts are, but it sounds like a good deal for those that use them. Why not? You can download everything else already so I wonder why the podcasts were excluded.
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      Quote Originally Posted by 96hondaex View Post
      So would the Podcaster dev/s have a case if he/they decided to sue?
      I think no. It's just funny that an app that doesnt violate the rules for AppStore apps is refused from the AppStore and then the next firmware version has something with identical functionality
    1. skatertrash's Avatar
      skatertrash -
      wtf i am so disappointed at the lack of copy/paste and mms
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Still no C&P, ffs, hurry Apple, how the hell am I supposed to forward a text message and to add more than one pic in an email??????

      I want to add attachments like files to emails aswell or save an attachment to a file browser and not just open it in mail!
      Idc about podcasts anyway.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      A simple fix would be to have the app rating popup after maybe 1-5 days of having the app installed... DONE, not difficult at all. Why would you force people DELETING an app to rate it? That is just not thinking...
    1. tetrion's Avatar
      tetrion -
      Glad to see Apple's got their priorities right in this firmware upgrade... Hmm, ability to wifi transfer podcasts with the already implemented feature of doing it via usb, street view, and japanese sms icons...

      Yet people are screaming for C&P, MMS, Bluetooth file transfer and A2DP, video recording...

      Thankfully Jailbreaking gives me 90% of these features, albeit having to PAY for them!

      Who here thinks that once Android comes out, ALL these features will magically appear in the next firmware upgrade???
    1. bladednuisance's Avatar
      bladednuisance -
      I disagree, I dont think that making you review an app when deleting would give an "unfair" rating, like you said, if your deleting it its not very good, therefore posting a bad review would bo perfectly fair.
    1. lillewis51's Avatar
      lillewis51 -
      ugh pop ups everywhere no thank you apple