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04-02-2010, 12:39 PM #1
Apple Rejecting "Dashboard" Apps?
A day before the iPad goes on sale, Apple has decided to reject a handy app that replicates Mac OS X Dashboard functionality, and is leaving another similar app in limbo. No reason has been announced for the rejection of the apps, which would have helped users deal with the lack of multitasking on the new device, but this move leaves open the possibility that Apple believes that the apps are too similar to future iPhone OS improvements.
Aqua Eagle Desktop was an app that took advantage of the iPad's capability of having multiple windows open at the same time. The app provided easy access to a number of different simple utility widget-like windows that a user could switch between with a single tap. Desktop, which included a mini-browser, a dictionary, conversion tool, a translator, a calculator, a currency converter, mapping, a "stats" monitor, a weather widget and a quick email composer, had been available in the App Store for $4.99 after approval yesterday, but it disappeared today.
It's About Time Products designed their mini apps system using the Apple Dashboard API, and claims that their app will be compatible with "the majority of available Dashboard widgets on the Mac." Shipping with an old-school "1984-style" Calculator, a browser, Sticky Notes, Weather, and the NASA image of the day. Use of the standard API would make it possible for more widgets to be added. The mini apps title has not appeared on the App Store yet, and the developer sent me an email saying he has neither gotten acceptance nor rejection from Apple of their submission.
According to a company spokesman I got an email from, Aqua Eagle hasn't heard anything from Apple as to the reason why their app was dropped. It's possible that Apple found some issue, though the removal of Desktop after its approval suggests there's something else at play rather than a Developer Agreement violation. Could it be that Apple is working on similar functionality for iPhone 4.0, and didn't want the competition? Only time will tell.
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04-02-2010, 12:42 PM #2
First, Still trying to keep open mind of a large 500 buck ipod touch with no camera who gives for an overpriced app?
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04-02-2010, 01:18 PM #3
I've said all along that the iPad is a useless device and the removal of this type of app proves it. What are we suposed to to with the thing - sit and look at an expensive blank screen on a machine that does nothing worth while.
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04-02-2010, 01:26 PM #4
It'll be a Jailbreak app!
04-02-2010, 01:27 PM #5
04-02-2010, 01:28 PM #6
I agree, the iPad is just an oversized iPod touch, and unless apple starts accepting these apps, that's all it ever will be... non portable iPod
04-02-2010, 02:04 PM #7
04-02-2010, 02:18 PM #8
Yes, and I have been waiting for the last eighteen months for all these wonderful apps on my iPhone, But PANCAKE FRIDAY never comes!
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04-02-2010, 02:42 PM #9
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04-02-2010, 02:51 PM #10Originally Posted by stealthbravo
04-02-2010, 02:58 PM #11
I carry a laptop around every where I go for email/net/excel/word/pdfs...
This is the best solution for me.
Smaller then a laptop, battery lasts longer, does everything I need, if I need an app for something I can get it from the app store, if I need to show a client some numbers I can pull it out and have it open far faster then I could on a laptop.
back to the point, love that the settings are in, well, settings now, makes more sense!
This product is not for kiddies with ipods and no money, it's for people who have a purpose for it and know what they are spending their money on.
04-02-2010, 03:58 PM #12
04-02-2010, 04:39 PM #13
04-02-2010, 04:49 PM #14
I would like to take this time to thank Apple for opening Pandora's Box! I'm acquiring a minor in economics and I would like to test out a few predictions. Apple has really outdone themselves. Companies aren’t going to let Apple gain all the market share without a fight. They were fortunate with the iPod and iPhone. Nevertheless, I don’t see this happening with the iPad. They should have taken advantage of the headstart and gave the consumers what they been patiently waiting for. I admire their board of directors for they are educated individuals who worked smart. I hope they didn’t put all there eggs in the basket with the iPad. I advise future investors to think twice about Apple...
Here’s what I despise about the iPad, the name. I would have prefered if they kept it real and called it the iPod Touch XL. Calling it the iPad deceives the average Joe and Jane that they’re getting a completely new product. I must applaud them on that. No. All I see is a bigger screen. Nothing else. All the amazing apps that will utilize the screen doesn’t surprise me. The average consumer is so caught up with their wants that they’ll see right through this. That Apple logo has them brainwash! As I stated in other formus, the only thing the iPhone/iPod/iPad has a lead with is the App Store. That’s it! Little do consumers know, developers will port their apps to other platforms to maximize revenue...
The fun has just begun. The market will be flooded with portable devices. Developers will take advantage of it. The same exact apps will be avalible across a different variety of superior devices. Apple will have competition far beyond its dreams. They’ll have to spend billions of dollars to stay on top. Advertizement, paying developers for exclusivity, and investing in new technology just keep up with the demand. The tables will finally turn. Apple was ready to screw its customers again with the upcoming iPhone this June. Right? Release minor upgrades with outdated features. No. Not this time buddy. After HTC announced EVO 4G, what did Apple do? WSJ announced the possibility of the iPhone HD with an front camera. I’ll leave the rest to your thoughts...
I have absolutely nothing against Apple. They make great products. Apple use to be the Bentley’s of technology. Now as they rapidly try to gain market share they forgot what made them honorable in the first place. Apple is a Honda Ex to me. This is just my prediction. My first economic prediction at that. I know I have a lot learn. I’m new to this. Feel free to agree or disagree. I'm nobody's fanboy. I'm an educated consumer!
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04-02-2010, 05:18 PM #15
yea...I love what they did with the iPhone lock screen over the last 3 years.
but that's okay. in a couple of months, you'll get it too.
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04-02-2010, 06:36 PM #16
04-02-2010, 06:56 PM #17
This is what happened at the start isn't it?
They wanted the original iPod touch to not be like an iPhone so they crippled it, and now basically they're both the same. So its Mac, iPhone, Ipad. The Mac has the high end Stuff, the iPhone has the portable stuff, and the iPad has the entertainment stuff. They're not trying to let the iPad be an information centre. That's pretty much what a mac and sorta what the iphone is.
The iphone and iPad will never get dashboard because its too much Mac. Apples just paranoid it'll stop people buying macs when really it won't
04-02-2010, 10:44 PM #18
if the ipad could do everything that the macbook could for half the price, i'd happily switch over, but that's not the case.
04-02-2010, 11:01 PM #19
04-02-2010, 11:04 PM #20
I can watch netflix anywhere