Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Sep 2012 21:00 UTC
Apple "Apple has just released the final Golden Master build of iOS 6 to developers. Although a public version won't be available for existing users until September 19th, developers can use the final version to test against iOS apps in preparation for the new iPhone 5." Developers, get cracking. You don't want your applications to show black bars on the iPhone 5, right?
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Fragmentation?
by demosthenese on Wed 12th Sep 2012 21:25 UTC
demosthenese
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2011-02-01

"You don't want your applications to show black bars on the iPhone 5"

Oh the problems of 'fragmentation' probably only exist when it is another platform.

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RE: Fragmentation?
by darknexus on Thu 13th Sep 2012 01:29 in reply to "Fragmentation?"
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2008-07-15

"You don't want your applications to show black bars on the iPhone 5"

Oh the problems of 'fragmentation' probably only exist when it is another platform.

You know, that's exactly what I thought when I read about the letter boxing of apps on the iPhone 5. What does this mean for older devices? Will developers have to make separate UIs and if so, how long will we expect them to maintain the old ones? How different will the two UIs be? It's certainly starting to look quite fragmented to me.
P.s. I'm an iPhone user myself. Just so you know that even some Apple users are growing a bit concerned.

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RE: Fragmentation?
by moondevil on Thu 13th Sep 2012 06:43 in reply to "Fragmentation?"
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2005-07-08

Yep, surely Apple fanboys will come up with an explanation that it is not really fragmentation, rather "customization" or something similar.

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RE[2]: Fragmentation?
by 2shanfernando on Thu 13th Sep 2012 10:21 in reply to "RE: Fragmentation?"
2shanfernando Member since:
2008-02-01

Have they implemented widgets yet for their screens?

Edited 2012-09-13 10:24 UTC

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RE[2]: Fragmentation?
by 2shanfernando on Thu 13th Sep 2012 11:21 in reply to "RE: Fragmentation?"
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2008-02-01

"It's not open vs closed. It's _fragmented_ vs integrated".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTTSsB92L_s#t=13s

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RE: Fragmentation?
by henderson101 on Thu 13th Sep 2012 11:27 in reply to "Fragmentation?"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

iOS 6 includes auto layout controls. No idea how they work, but that mitigates the issue. It still really puts me off buying another iPhone though. I'm sticking with the phone I have for the foreseeable future.

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RE[2]: Fragmentation?
by moondevil on Thu 13th Sep 2012 14:57 in reply to "RE: Fragmentation?"
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2005-07-08

iOS 6 includes auto layout controls. No idea how they work, but that mitigates the issue.


Not for games though, which are a big part of the iOS ecosystem.

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RE: Fragmentation?
by macUser on Thu 13th Sep 2012 16:14 in reply to "Fragmentation?"
macUser Member since:
2006-12-15

Not sure what the big deal is. Yes it's fragmentation, but no where near the shit storm devs have to deal with on Android.

The conundrum for iOS developers:

1. Do nothing: Your app looks just like it did before, but doesn't use the full screen.

2. Support the new screen: You app looks just as great on all iOS devices.

Oh noes! The horror devs are facing by this!

Edited 2012-09-13 16:14 UTC

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RE[2]: Fragmentation?
by Alfman on Thu 13th Sep 2012 17:12 in reply to "RE: Fragmentation?"
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2011-01-28

I think you missed the OP's implied point, which was not about the "horror devs are facing by this", but rather that the original criticism of android's multiple form factors from the pro-apple camp is now undermined by apple's latest product.

If the situation were the opposite, apple fanboys would be howling at android for not being able to run their apps full screen.

On a more fundamental level though, I think apple deviating from it's homogeneous one-size-fits-all approach is going to be a good thing for consumers.

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