If you purchase an app for your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch in Taiwan you have 7 days to request a refund. This is a feature that’s sorely needed stateside to deal with the hundreds of similar apps that many provide less than ideal functionality, and which sometimes have gamed ratings. For some people a dollar can still be a lot of money and for them it’s more punishment than anything. Hopefully Apple brings this policy stateside so if you try an app which does not have a free version you’re not out your money anymore. Still, if we were able to get our money back, I would want to still be able to rate that app as I see fit.
Cult of Mac posted their daily free app and speak highly of Wacom’s Doodle on your iPad app. It does what the name suggests and more allowing you to take notes on the fly and save them for use later. Did I mention it’s free???
What would an iCloud service be without some way to manage files and back them up? Not much of one. Apple makes this super simple by having this built into their Apps such as Pages and Numbers, which released a few weeks ago had the functionality built in. So now you can cloud your files and access them from any of your devices.
For your Apps again with the iTunes past purchases, you get your Apps past purchases. There are apps I’ve bought and I forget about them only to be surprised I dont have to pay because I paid before. Now I can just look at a list and see what I’m missing. When you purchase an app, it’s available to all your other devices as well through a push feature.
iBooks now will sync across all your devices tied to your iCloud. It will remember where you left off and sync this all to your other devices so you can resume what you were doing later even if it’s a different device.
API’s Apple hit the nail on the head with this product and the API’s available to developers allow them to build this functionality into their apps so you can get the best features through 3rd party apps from the app store as they become available.
Backup and Restoration – OMG this is awesome. If you purchase a new iPhone or had to replace it, and it’s part of your iCloud, just enter your account info and it’s all synced wirelessly to your new device and you can pick up where you left off. No more picking up the pieces if you ever had to replace your iPhone or iPad, finally.
iPhones without iTunes as well no need for a PC to activate or even use your iPhone.
It should be no surprise during Steve Jobs WWDC 2011 Keynote, that he will probably claim that the App Store has surpassed 400,000 apps between iPhone/iPad/Mac apps. According to statistics from AppShopper there were roughly 401,440 apps available with the biggest share to iPhone apps at 361,277 followed by iPad apps at 97957, and 5075 Mac Apps available. Despite Android sales beating the iPhone, the App Store will be the main destination and selling point for any of Apple’s products due to superior design from a more coherent system provided by the Xcode framework. Apple apps “Just Work” where some Android apps suffer from release problems, incompatibility of certain chipsets, and several cases of Malware posing as apps. As Apple opens up more carriers to be able to carry iProducts, then the market share should grow organically. T-Mobile and Sprint are prime candidates to sell phones to and if the recent stampedes in China are any indication, the iPhone and iPad will do very well there.