Recent rumours have surfaced indicating that the launch of the iPhone 5 and iPad 2 will be delayed, perhaps as far as July. While these are only rumours, a delayed launch of these two products would not necessarily be a bad thing for Apple, in the long run.
We all know what happened last summer with the iPhone 4. Apple didn’t give the device enough thorough testing, and failed to spot the antenna issue. Sure, everyone is allowed to make mistakes, but when someone like Apple does something wrong, it can become a severely over-blown issue. After all, the simple fix for the antenna issue was to a) Use a case (or bumpers), or b) Don’t grasp the phone fully in your left hand.
Apple, being Apple, dealt with the situation very well. The lesson it should have taught them is to take their time before releasing the product to the market. For whatever reason the next iPhone and iPad will be delayed, it may actually be a good thing, as Apple will have a greater chance of picking up issues that they can remedy before launch.
Of course, they want to release these products to the market as soon as they can, but given their reputation and standing in the industry they, perhaps, need to take their time with this one, to save themselves any further embarrassment. While I’m not interested in purchasing an iPhone, I’ve been on the lookout for a tablet/netbook for a while now, and the original iPad lacked a lot of features that would make it usable for me. So essentially, if Apple take the time to make this iPad really impressive rather than rush it to market, I’ll almost certainly be queuing up for one this summer.
Details about the iPhone 5 in white are already popping up. Yes, before we even get a regular iPhone 5 announcement or even the iPhone 4 in white.
According to DigiTimes, Wintek will be the exclusive supplier of touch screen panels for the white iPhone 5. Other than that, there are absolutely no additional details this time. However, reports have already surfaced that the iPhone 5 (and the iPad 2) will have built-in NFC capabilities.
Hopefully the white iPhone 5 fares better than the iPhone 4’s extra version…meaning hopefully it will actually see the light of day and be available for purchase.
When Apple released its subscription policy last week, publishers were quiet about it, but the buzz was that the 30 percent cut that the tech giant demands for content moving across platforms like the iPad and the iPhone seemed awfully steep.
How many publishers will bite on the subscription deal remains to be seen (the New York Times and others point to the cathedral-like silence from big magazine publishers like Condé Nast, Time and Hearst) but in the meantime, Apple is now getting an earful from app developers over the subscription policy.
Readability creator Richard Ziade issued an open letter to Apple on its blog
Monday, over the rejection of Readability’s app, which offers
reformatted articles stripped of ads and shares revenues with writers
“Readability’s model is unique in that 70 percent of our
service fees go directly to writers and publishers. If we implemented In
App purchasing, your 30 percent cut drastically undermines a key
premise of how Readability works.”
He went on to say, “We believe that your new policy smacks of greed,” but ultimately adds that he hopes Apple changes its mind.
As concern and in some cases outrage among developers of
similar apps spread, Apple CEO Steve Jobs himself appears to have
responded to an inquiry from a MacRumors reader with an email apparently sent from his iPhone that said, “We created subscriptions for publishing apps, not SaaS apps.”
That refers to Software as a Service apps, typically the type
of programs that offer pay as you go or subscription services, like
Dropbox, a service that is used to store, sync, and, share files online.
It would appear that Readability does not fall into the SaaS category, but there was much speculation on technology blogs such as Cult of Mac
in regards to which apps would and would not fall into the 30
percent-cut category now and which might do so in the future, and how
the policy is going to be enforced.
Other developers, such as screenshot sharing service TinyGrab,
were also confused over the policy, announcing that it would not be
pursuing an app that could run on Apple’s iOS platform due to the
restrictions surrounding the new subscription system.
“We really want to be part of the app revolution on OS X and
iOS but it looks as though that may no longer be able to happen, until
Apple fix these issues and welcomes us in again,” TinyGrab stated.
Clearly, it’s a lot of bad news for Apple and even the e-mail
attributed to Jobs did little to allay the confusion, and the clamoring
over the policy seems to demand some kind of detailed clarification.
If none is forthcoming, it could send app developers straight into the arms of competitor Google. The company, which has set itself up as a rival to Apple with its Android platform, will only take a 10 percent cut in its competing subscription plan,
which allows publishers to sell subscriptions across its websites,
tablets, and smartphones through a system called Google One Pass.
If Apple’s policy is confusing to publishers—and app
developers for that matter— the 30 percent versus 10 percent cut could
make things pretty simple.