Published on agosto 28th, 2009 | by admin0
Apple to App Developer: Remove the Most Useful Function, Please.
When it’s not banning applications from the App Store for no good reason, Apple is making odd decisions about which features certain applications can or cannot have.
iStat, an application that shows you various stats and information about your iPhone (and other devices, such as remote computers), had a nifty feature that showed you the amount of free memory. Alas, the feature is no more, and according to iStat, they had to remove it because Apple told them to. From the official site:
“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.”
The geeky population that truly loves their iPhone doesn’t want to be left in the dark, or treated like they’ve just borrowed this gadget from someone but can’t really use all its features. They want to know what’s happening inside it, and Apple is annoying them by not letting them do that.
More importantly, it’s terribly unfair to just semi-randomly remove important features from applications. Imagine how the developers of iStat felt when Apple told them to remove the feature that’s one of the main reasons for using iStat. Once again, the App Store policies and rules aren’t making sense; Apple, please fix them.