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Apple Seeds iOS 4.2.1 GM to Developers

Apple has just seeded iOS 4.2.1 Gold Master to developers. This update has build number 8C148 and, according to MacStories, was just released internally at Apple last night. This update for iOS 4.2 may have been released in an attempt to squash last minute Exchange and audio-related bugs discovered earlier.

Just last week Apple released a second gold master seed for the iPad to address Wi-Fi related problems. The audio issues in iOS had been documented by several developers across several different devices on Apple’s Developer Forums. Many developers noted that audio sessions were interrupted and not resumed when the device was locked and then unlocked.

At the last iOS-related Apple event, Steve Jobs told us that iOS 4.2 would be coming out sometime in November. To recap, iOS 4.2 will be bringing all of the iOS 4 goodies to the iPad. The rest of the iOS devices will also be getting the new AirPrint and AirSharing feature, which allows for printing directly from the iOS device and streaming to an Apple TV.


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Apple Seeds Mac OS X 10.6.6 to Developers, Supports Mac App Store

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We know what you’re thinking — Apple hasn’t even released Mac OS X 10.6.5 to users yet and already they’ve moved on to 10.6.6, which was seeded to developers late Thursday? Strange but true.

Cult of Mac is reporting that the Snow Leopard updates march on, with developers seeding an early build of Mac OS X 10.6.6 to developers on Thursday even before they’ve released the final version of Mac OS X 10.6.5 to users — which is expected any day now.

For the moment at least, the sole focus of Mac OS X 10.6.6 appears to lie with the forthcoming Mac App Store, which Apple began soliciting apps for earlier this week. 9to5Mac notes that Build 10J521 of Mac OS X 10.6.6 contains “no documented known issues” and the sole focus being “developer support for fetching and renewing App Store receipts.”

Further proof that Mac OS X 10.6.6 doesn’t offer much beyond the Mac App Store is the size of the update — a mere 3.7MB, while the pending 10.6.5 is expected to be nearly 500MB by comparison.

The Mac App Store is expected within 90 days of being announced on October 20, so presumably that will also give time for Apple to address any bugs found when Mac OS X 10.6.5 is released to users. It’s been widely expected this week, since the iOS 4.2 gold master released this week appears to require it in order to use the AirPrint feature.

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Apple is Now Accepting Mac App Store Submissions from Developers

Apple just sent an email out to developers noting that they can begin submitting applications for review. Apple noted at the last press conference that they planned to open the Mac App Store within 90-days and that developers would be able to start submitting applications in November.

According to the email, “The Mac App Store will be opening soon. You can get ready by submitting your Mac apps for review now. Log in to the Mac Dev Center for details on setting up an iTunes Connect account, creating Apple-issued Mac Distribution Certificates, and preparing your apps for the review process.”

There is still no definitive date for the Mac App Store opening date, but it is nice to know that developers will be able to start submitting apps today.


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iOS 4.2 Beta 2 and iTunes 10.1 Beta Ready for Developers

iOS developers rejoice. A new round of iOS and iTunes beta software is ready for download.

If you’re a developer, head on down to the iOS Dev Center and pick yourself up these new betas while they’re still fresh. If you’re a regular Joe and/or Jane we recommend you avoid these betas unless you’re looking for a week of tears and frustration.


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iAds for Developers, Not Worth It?

Apple recently began allowing developers to create their own iAds for the purpose of advertising in other applications, but as one developer points out, you may not get your money’s worth when you use iAds for Developers. The developer iAds allows you to create an ad campaign around the iTunes Store page for your app, which allows users to see information about your app and even download it from iTunes right inside the iAd.

iAds for Developers is designed to be easy on the budget of even the smallest development companies. Priced at .25 per click through (as opposed to per impression), the ads are reasonably priced. But as developer David Smith found out, this method of generating new users may not be worth it.

On his blog, he writes, “From August 19 through August 25, I ran a campaign on the newly released iAd for Developers platform for our Audiobooks Premium app. The results were, to say the least, disappointing. For all the promise of selling your apps directly within an advertisement, it appears that so far this is not a viable way to drive traffic and create an economically sustainable promotion. For ,251.75, my campaign generated a total of 84 downloads, thus a Cost Per Acquisition (CPA) of ~. For a .99 app, those economics just can’t work out.”

Even though the campaign didn’t generate enough users to pay for the advertising, Smith did note on his blog that the two Apple representatives who helped set up the campaign were extremely professional and helpful.

You can read more about David Smith’s reaction to iAds for Developers on his blog, Cross Forward Consulting.

via MacRumors

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