Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th May 2013 16:59 UTC
Apple At the D11 conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook once again took the stage to be interviewed by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. While most of the interview can be replicated by picking and reading 10 random Apple fanblog stories - there were still a number of very interesting things that warrant some closer scrutiny.
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RE: Services
by leos on Wed 29th May 2013 21:57 UTC in reply to "Services"
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

I think the big first step will open up the api to allow hardware developers to do more with the iPhone, i know a lot say the lack of low level api's stop a lot more hardware to be integrated with iOS.


Clearly you have no idea what you're talking about. The iOS hardware integration APIs are incredibly comprehensive and far beyond anything Android had for years and years. The huge accessory market for apple products is proof of that (I also have access to this program and it is amazing what an accessory can do, basically you can completely control the device). Just recently Android added a proper accessory interface. I'm not sure how it matches up though.

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RE[2]: Services
by tomz on Wed 29th May 2013 22:11 in reply to "RE: Services"
tomz Member since:
2010-05-06

How? I can't even connect any of my Bluetooth GPSs to any iOS device. Nor an ELM327 vehicle interface. Android just works. iOS needs some Steve Job's Ashes magic pixel dust sprinkled somewhere. Or jailbreaking.

If Apple lets you? And sign your soul away? And after that they still approve it? Apple is worse than the IRS.

They have serial ports they won't let you use.

They could have re-enabled the firewire ports for charging with better voltage (so it wouldn't take overnight).

Maybe you are in some kind of privileged position. But can any ordinary user do anything of the sort?

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RE[3]: Services
by leos on Thu 30th May 2013 05:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Services"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

How? I can't even connect any of my Bluetooth GPSs to any iOS device.


I'm curious. Why would you want to do that? From the reviews of these kinds of apps it seems like it's only useful if your phone has crappy GPS reception. I geocache extensively, and so far my iPhone is always more accurate and faster than dedicated GPS units that other people have.

Nor an ELM327 vehicle interface. Android just works.


I've got a device like this (kiwi), works just fine with the iPhone. Newer devices like the Automatic do the same thing over BT as well for iPhone.

Anyway this isn't the hardware integration I'm talking about. I'm talking about making a device that can completely control an i-Device. I can make an accessory that can access and control tons of functionality on the i-device, including simulating touch and sensor events, launching associated apps, TTS, etc etc. There is tons of functionality there.

They have serial ports they won't let you use.


?

They could have re-enabled the firewire ports for charging with better voltage (so it wouldn't take overnight).


?? Doesn't take overnight, and I'm pretty sure it's not firewire....

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RE[3]: Services
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 30th May 2013 14:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Services"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I don't know about other people but when I think of "hardware support" I think of Hardware directly connected to the device. If you have the financial backing and patience, Apple will let you connect almost anything to them. They just get a royalty payment.

So if you have some new hardware that you've developed and want to sell that works on a wide swath of devices without question, Apple is the way to go.

Bluetooth seems more like a software issue (lack of full bluetooth support for devices) than a hardware support issue ( iphone/ipads have Bluetooth communication capabilities).

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