Remains of the Day: Secret agency
Apple’s Phil Schiller says the company isn’t ready to take the mobile payment plunge, even as Apple gets nailed for making available consumers’ personal information. And how does Apple keeps things secret? By not telling anyone. The remainders for Wednesday, June 13, 2012 can keep a secret, but only if they’re dead.
Developers to Apple: Promote Our Apps! (Wall Street Journal)
Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller chatted with the Wall Street Journal about app discovery in the App Store. He also commented on iOS 6’s newly announced Passbook feature, which he said was not a sign that the company was heading to a digital payment option, à la Google Wallet. Although, he reportedly added, the company is always on the lookout for ways to make it easier for customers to give money to Apple.
Apple’s going on the defensive, as a class action lawsuit against the company has gotten the green light from a federal judge. Plaintiffs were allowed to proceed with a suit alleging that Apple let advertisers track location data and collect other personal information, including age, gender, addresses, and how customers feel about My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
You might have been surprised to hear, in Monday’s keynote, that the iPhone 3GS would be getting iOS 6. Of course, there are a number of large asterisks to that support, as the model doesn’t support Flyover and turn-by-turn directions, Shared Photo Streams, FaceTime over 3G, the Mail VIP list. Meanwhile the iPhone 4 just doesn’t support making phone calls.
Open-source notification framework Growl has announced that it will work in concert with Notification Center in Mountain Lion. I’m pretty sure this allows you to create an infinite loop of notifications.
An interesting anecdote on Quora tells the story of the Apple developer who apparently created the Intel version of Mac OS X on his own, without anybody getting a whiff of it. Which goes to show you that one person can keep a secret.