The problems over at Foxconn have been a highly discussed subject in every technology weblog, and if you consider that Apple is somehow involved in this discussion (Foxconn is the manufacturer of many components used by Apple) you realize that the problem is quite big. Apple itself has released a statement last week, in which they say that they’re “saddened and upset” at Foxconn suicides and that they’re “in direct contact with Foxconn senior management”.
But, someone decided to send an email to Steve Jobs about the matter, and he replied. An interesting discussion arose between the two, and we’ve got the exclusive conversation with screenshots after the break.
The iPad App Store is going pretty well, with 8000 apps already accepted and developers quite happy with the sales results. But what about an application that’s been approved and then pulled from the App Store for some strange reason? That’s what happened to My Frame, and that’s why the developers decided to email Steve Jobs and ask.
Mac users and developers shouldn’t worry about Apple focusing only on iPhone OS, after all. Since Apple dropped the Mac category from this year’s Apple Design Awards (ADA) at the upcoming WWDC, people worried that Steve might only care about iPhones and iPads – leaving the Mac behind forever. Ars Technica even launched its own Design Awards for Mac applications.
Matthias Gansrigler, developer of Flickery for Mac, sent us a copy of an email conversation he’s had with Steve Jobs about the ADAs at the WWDC.
Steve has “confirmed” that printing on the iPad will indeed come, but he hasn’t said “soon” this time. Maybe with OS 4.0 this fall.
Apple has been talking a lot about HTML5 and open technologies, so much that they even created a page for HTML5 iPad-ready websites and wrote a popular “blog post” about the problems of Flash as a closed platform and the need to support new standards.
But as you probably know, Apple doesn’t actually fully support HTML5 in its flagship browser, the desktop version of Safari. Indeed, Safari for Mac (and Windows) doesn’t have official and full support for many HTML5 specs like Geolocation API, Drag and Drop, Form Features and Inline SVG but according to this new email from Steve we received, all this stuff is coming.
It seems like John Gruber was right once again, this time about video codes and patents. After reading Steve Jobs’ “Thoughts on Flash” post yesterday, Apple fan Free Software activist Hugo Roy decided to write an open letter to Steve Jobs about the statements he made in regards of openness and web standards. Of course Steve replied.
Check out the full conversation after the break.
Right after Apple announced the WWDC dates for this year and the Apple Design Awards categories, many users and developers started complaining that Apple was indeed dropping support for Mac OS X, considering that there won’t Mac ADAs.
As usual, someone decided to email Steve and got another response.
Another week’s starting, and Steve’s on a roll again. Today we’ve reported an email from his Steveness regarding the “Mac App Store” and now 9to5mac has received an email from a reader, where Steve confirms that the iPad Wifi + 3G will be available at Best Buy on April 30th, this Friday.
We heard a rumor last week about Apple making some big changes to the Mac OS X platform, let’s say to 10.7, in order to make it similar to iPhone OS and introduce an App Store for Mac applications that should be approved by Apple first. People started complaining about it, and I guess this would be the worst thing that could happen to a Mac developer, indeed. There are entire business built on top of the open nature of Mac OS X, and Apple just can’t change it anymore.
Fortunately, Steve handled the situation himself and finally ended those rumors.