The general reaction to Apple’s release of the iOS 6 Maps application has been disappointment. Let’s face it, it just doesn’t work well and steadfast Apple users have valid reason to complain; it’s sent users to the wrong places, listed buildings that no longer exist and simply doesn’t display the kind of data that Google Maps does. But frustrations aside, it seems there are other things to consider and there may be some huge potential on the rise for the future of iOS 6 Maps.
MapQuest has officially released the first production version of the iOS Maps API. The announcement posted on the MapQuest blog on July 19, 2012, states that “Today marks the first production release of the MapQuest iOS Maps API, which allows developers to build iPhone and iPad apps that incorporate the flexible routing, accurate geocoding, and unlimited free base maps that MapQuest is known for.”
Earlier this month, hacker Alexey V. Borodin discovered a method that allows some iOS app users to make “In-App Purchases” for FREE. Because Apple does not link purchases directly to individual customers or devices, a single receipt can be used for multiple transactions. Borodin’s method takes advantage of this fact by fooling iOS apps into accepting fake purchase receipts and bypassing Apple’s authentication servers.
The LightSpeed API allows developers to build on LightSpeed’s retail platform, one designed to mimic the experience of walking into an Apple bricks and mortar store. The platform also helps stores sell online. Developers can add loyalty programs, integration with enterprise-resource-planning systems, and build mobile sales dashboards. More information is available through its LDX, the LightSpeed Developer Exchange, that opens up the program and website.
Apple added Twitter API integration into Mountain Lion, the next version of its OS X operating system. The company previously went big with Twitter in iOS for back in June. This latest approach brings Twitter to the place where many of us do the bulk of our work and browsing.
Path.com has a mobile app, so of course it has an API. Someone sniffed the traffic and discovered something naughty. And you know the answer-anything Wolframe Alpha? Find out why it really, really likes Apple’s Siri. Plus: Facebook gaming, Google Plus developers and 18 new APIs.
When Apple announced the API powered Siri feature, many started asking the same question we did when Siri was just an app mashup: where’s the Siri API? While Apple hasn’t added one, we now list a SIRI API, but it’s not the one you want to see.
Perhaps the biggest surprise in today’s Apple announcements is that the voice command feature, widely anticipated since the largest mashup acquisition ever, is keeping the name “Siri.” The newest version of Apple’s iOS for iPhone and iPad will include the features of the voice command iPhone app that some called the “ultimate mashup.”
Twitter has a popular iPhone app, but now some of its functionality is also built into Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 5. Tweeting a photo from the default camera app is now a tap away, as is tweeting a link from Mobile Safari. Tweeting is also built into the SDK, making it available via other applications without needing separate Twitter authentication.