Business Insider published an article titled “Apple’s App Store has become an ad-infested copycat of itself, which is not good for iPhone users or developers.”
Its author is Michael Gartenberg, a former senior marketing manager at Apple, who also worked at Gartner, Jupiter Research, and the Altimeter Group. He is also an Apple shareholder.
Unfortunately, the app store is no longer the crown jewel of the Apple ecosystem. These days, it seems like it’s more about boosting Apple’s revenue than serving customers or helping developers thrive.
But that wasn’t always the case, as Michael Gartenberg argues: “Ask any Apple executive what makes Apple special, and the answer will almost always be the Apple ecosystem—the company’s (previously) unique position in building both hardware and software with tight integration. Apple realized back in the 90s that better hardware and software didn’t matter much without apps.”
According to him, the App Store was created to provide the beautiful hardware and elegant operating system of the iPhone with thousands of applications created by programmers running their own application business. Apple carefully selected the apps it featured prominently, helping the best developers gain exposure and helping users find the best choice for their needs. Apple takes a commission for this.
Now, after 15 years of using the iPhone, I see how the app store has become a copycat of itself. The first problem I had was with the ads, which are getting more and more intrusive. I don’t mind ads in general, but the way Apple uses them in the app store has gotten really annoying. For example, when I search for an app, I get bombarded with ads for other apps and sometimes even products that are not related to what I’m looking for.
He also stated that the App Store has all sorts of applications that are “garbage”, and the recommendations work very strangely. Sometimes a person who is looking for a gambling addiction treatment app is offered a gambling app.
I remember Apple founder Steve Jobs boasting that no ads were part of Apple’s ethos. “No ads. We create products that we want for ourselves, and we just don’t need advertising,” Jobs said back in 2011. As an owner of Apple shares, I understand that Apple, driven by the ever-hungry demands of Wall Street, uses advertising to increase revenue. After all, Apple is a commercial enterprise. But as a longtime Apple customer, I mourn the days when the need for revenue didn’t take precedence over the need to serve customers.
Xiaomi Pad 5, Redmi K40, Xiaomi Mi 10S and Xiaomi 12X will receive MIUI 14 Stable soon
The XiaomiUI resource, which carefully monitors Xiaomi’s work on new versions of the MIUI firmware, reported that seven Xiaomi and Redmi devices will soon receive a stable version of MIUI 14.
The list of models is as follows:
- Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4 (dagu);
- Xiaomi Pad 5 (nabu);
- Redmi K40 Gaming/Poco F3 GT (ares);
- Xiaomi Mi 10S (thyme);
- Xiaomi Civi 2 (ziyi);
- Xiaomi 12X (psyche);
- Redmi K40 / Poco F3 (alioth).
When exactly the firmware will be released and who will be able to install it has not yet been reported, but most likely we are talking about participants in the proprietary Mi Pilot beta testing program.
Windows 11 began to become obsolete: Microsoft warned about automatic updating of the PC to the latest version of the OS
Microsoft has warned Windows 11 users that computers running the very first version of the Windows 11 21H2 operating system are already starting to automatically upgrade to the newer version of Windows 11 22H2.
Recall that the release of Windows 11 took place in October 2021, just in version 21H2. Last autumn, in September 222, version 21H2 was released.
We note right away that support for Windows 11 21H2 will not end today or even tomorrow – Microsoft will continue to release updates for it until October 10, 2023. Now, however, the automatic transition of users’ PC systems to a fresher version of the OS has already begun. Consumer and business PCs running Windows 11 version 21H2 Home and Pro will be updated.
Automatic upgrades to Windows 11 version 22H2 will occur gradually, starting with devices that have been using version 21H2 for the longest period of time. As always, you will have the option to choose a convenient time to restart your device and complete the update.
The developers also emphasized that customer reviews show a positive experience with Windows 11 version 22H2.
Android Auto has a strange GPS issue
In the past few days, users of the Android Auto car platform have begun to complain about the problem with GPS when using Google Maps (Google Maps).
The problem, in which the inscription “Searching GPS” is displayed, was faced by users of different car models, with different models of smartphones and versions of Android Auto.
As noted on the profile resource 9to5google.com, it is strange that the problem does not occur when using the Google Maps application outside of Android Auto. Additionally, users have reported that the issue only occurs after the phone has been put to sleep with the screen turned off.
A guaranteed working solution has not yet been developed. For some users, the crash went away after they gave the Google Maps app on their smartphone the “Always Allowed” permission to access location data. For others, everything returned to normal after turning off the power saving mode. These solutions don’t really explain why this issue only occurred in the last few days.
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