Marc asked: Why does it take so long for an app to be approved for the App Store? The company takes its sweet time to approve apps, yes. However, there’s a reason for that. The employees must be sure that the apps don’t contain spyware or malware. They need to be sure there are no significant bugs and doesn’t have a poor UI. They verify that the apps do what you say they’re going to do and that there are no private APIs being used. They are careful to check that the apps don’t crash all of the time. And, of course, they have to be sure that there’s nothing embedded that is disallowed by Apple. It’s all about user experience. This is the reason so many people prefer to have an iPhone or iPad over an Android device… the quality of the apps. Before anyone screams at me – I know there are great apps available for Android devices, as well. However, overall… the App Store is simply superior when it comes to making sure that you’re getting exactly what you’re promised.
Patron Joey Bianco is curious about my thoughts on Apple. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! What is your opinion on the idea that apple has been slipping in their ingenuity of products since the loss of Steve Jobs? Do you think they have what it takes to create more groundbreaking cohesive hardware/software as they once did? I think they’ve done their best, but that their best is also yet to come. They have what it takes: a good brand with a loyal following and tons of cash + cash cows. I hated all of the “Can Tim Cook Replace Steve Jobs?” posts that went out at the beginning. No… he can’t. No one can replace anyone, in my opinion. Tim isn’t a carbon-copy of Steve, and definitely never wanted to be. Tim brings his own style and ideas to the table. Will those things pan out as well as Steve’s did back in the day? That’s the question that remains to be answered. I don’t think it’s fair to judge him just yet. After all, it took Steve just a *couple* of years to get to a place where he was hugely […]
Just after I recorded TLDR last night, Patron Jenny Propis sent this to me in an email. Don’t forget: you can become a Patron and get priority answers to your questions either here in my blog or in a video! I just wanted to tell you that today’s TDLR was great! I especially like when you unbox new items, even though you said you don’t like to. I was wondering if you could put links to those items in your description box of your vlogs? Reason being, is my brother always seems to call me when his cell phone battery is low, and then has to hang up before I’m finished talking with him. So I wanted to send him a link to that small battery booster you had on your phone. Honestly, I think its just an excuse to get off the phone with me! :( Thanks for asking, Jenny! The “battery booster” that I featured yesterday is the Phonesuit Battery Case for iPhone 5. This was recently sent to me by the company to try out — and try it out I am! I’m on the go a lot and I need extra go-go juice! (NOTE: this is […]
Darren Doolan asked: I just got an iPhone 5S and never use Siri, do you ever actually USE Siri? And if so, what for? As I’ve mentioned countless times in TLDR episodes over the years, the only thing I really use Siri for is on-device assistance – as in, creating a calendar appointment or setting an alarm. Siri remains unreliable for me, either because the network connection consistently fails or I don’t give my command in such a way that Siri can translate with success. Siri is not a value-add for me, nor would Google’s Siri or Microsoft’s Siri. Yeah, they’re not Siri – but, c’mon… for the most part, they’re Siri. I gotta admit, though: she’s fun to play with at times!
Darren Doolan asked: What can Apple do in iOS 8 that would blow everyone away? Include a feature that we didn’t realize we couldn’t live without. Seriously. Nobody knows what that’s going to be or an entity would have created it by now (in the right way, mind you). It’s not the idea, it’s the implementation. If Apple – or ANY company – plans to blow us away in their next mobile iteration, it has to be by including something we had no idea we desperately needed! And, let me assure you… there’s a lot of “proper” implementation needing to be done in respect to operating systems that we all rely on (iOS or otherwise). What do all of YOU think? What would blow you away in iOS 8?
Jenny PROPIS asked: Can you recommend a device that boosts the signal from my cable router to other floors in my house? I’ve opted to go with Apple’s Airport Extremes for network management… including solid wireless signals outright.
I’m really glad that Matt Bodell emailed this question to me earlier: Hi Chris, Just a quick question; of all the mobile devices you have used, which provides the best blogging experience for blogging on the go? I’m stuck between buying a Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad or grabbing myself a Surface Pro or Pro 2. Your advise would be gratefully received! I think both platforms are equal in terms of “blogging” value. To me, however, Apple’s wireless/Bluetooth keyboard is one of the best keyboards I’ve ever used. you could save a massive amount of money by sticking with your current iPad instead of forking over money to buy something that would — in this case — be overkill.
rkoolkid287 writes: Dear Chris, Are you using the current generation Apple AirPort Extreme, or are you still using the previous generation? I heard some problems happened with the latest one after a firmware update. Thank you for your time! I’ve been using AirPort Extremes for years now. Before I made the switch a few years back, I was using one Linksys product or another (going back to the very beginnings of Wi-Fi). When Apple releases a new AirPort Extreme, I usually get it — if only because each generation has steadily improved throughput, signal, and compatibility for me (demonstrably). If there were any problems with the latest firmware, I’m not sure I’ve run into them (or haven’t experienced anything out of the ordinary enough to research an issue on my end). Did you find something wrong?
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As the headline indicates, this isn’t about you — and it’s definitely not about another OS or company. When I see a problem, my first instinct is to try to address it (whether that’s a guy thing or a geek proclivity, I’m not sure). Unfortunately, however, I can’t fix what I perceive to be a landslide of sloppiness abound in iOS 7. Issues were bound to crop up with such a massive revision in UI ethos (and some UX) — this isn’t about any particular iOS 7 hiccup but the sum of its parts. Mind you, I was not one who claimed that Apple needed to change anything with iOS — and, certainly, not change it for the sake of change. Seems that while Apple’s intentions were good, its execution was haphazard in too many spots for me to feel comfortable claiming that this was a step in a better direction. I’m not going to detail everything for you in this post — if only because they’ve been documented well enough elsewhere [again, SloppyUI]. I’ve learned that being critical (where it counts) has kept it “real” for me, and also allowed me the greater flexibility to try new things — […]