Apple has recently announced the next versions of their mobile and desktop OS’s, and are understandably talking points in tech circles.
What I’m baffled by, is some of the reaction to these announcements, especially with regard to iOS, the mobile OS used in iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
The App Store is mostly filled with Reminder apps and those developers are really pissed off since yesterday’s keynote. Apple has put up their own reminders app in the latest version of iOS. This means, all those reminder apps you find on the AppStore at dead, or may be at least, very low sales. Apple has also included location based reminders that reminds you when you cross a “geo-barrier”. There were apps for this purposes, we reviewed Place Clock a while ago which was supposed to give you alarms when you reach a specific geo location. Apple borrowed features from all these apps out there and combined it into a single app.
Secondly, its a hit to Camera app devs. Many developers including taptaptap, makers of Camera+, one of the best camera apps out there. Apple has added a feature to iOS 5 which lets you quickly open the camera from the lock screen even if the phone is locked. This means, less frequent use of third-party apps.
What exactly is the idea here? That Apple should not expand built-in functionality in the OS, simply because they haven’t done so in the past, and developers have sought to fill the gaps? Is that even a meaningful thought-process?
Secondly, does the presence of built-in apps automatically dissuade the use of third party apps? Apple has a built-in calendar app. Does this mean there are no other calendar apps in the market? How about weather? Stocks? Notes?
Why is the present situation about the new Reminder app any different then?
P.S.: The link I pointed to above also has a pretty extensive list of actual updates in iOS5. Worth checking out.