Annoying App store bug on iPad and iPad mini since iOS 6

The other day we found a very annoying bug in the App store that only appears on the iPad and iPad mini since the release of iOS 6. Under normal circumstances you would expect to find any app on the App Store iPhone or iPad app alike. Unfortunately this is not the case.

In our example we use the app ‘BeFrank- Mijn Pensioen’, an app we developed for iPhone and Android.

1. Open the App store and start typing ‘befra’. As you can see in the screenshot below the autocompletion suggests ‘BeFrank’ as one of the options.

2. Click on the suggestion ‘BeFrank’. To our surprise no results appear for either iPad nor iPhone apps (see screenshot below).

    

3. That’s weird!? Let’s try on an iPhone. We repeat step one et voila! As the screenshot below demonstrates the ‘Befrank’ app is the only result. 

4. So it is on the App Store!? Ok, let’s try again on the iPad! This time we search for the keyword ‘pensioen’ (which means pension in dutch). As you can see in the screenshot below we get some iPad results as expected but no ‘BeFrank’ app.

5. Ok, lets switch to iPhone apps. Voila! There it is!  

    

We tried this with some other apps and here is our conclusion. There must be iPad apps within the results or the iPhone apps won’t show up! This means that you are likely to miss out on some good apps that just won’t show up in the results. Very frustrating!

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iOS 6 rant

iOS has been around for a few weeks now. Developers have been able to see progressive beta versions for a few months. Much has been written about the sudden disappearance of all things google (see http://www.readwriteweb.com/mobile/2012/09/apple-ditches-youtube-google-maps-in-ios-6-who-wins-who-loses.php for an overview).
What is particularly annoying about the lack of Google product support in iOS6 is that no-one benefits. There are no cool replacements for youtube and google maps. Users will waste time looking for alternatives but they will doubtless find other ways to get to the content the want.
Meanwhile businesses and App developers are footing the bill. Here’s an uncool example:
Many apps we make for customers have youtube video integration. Even the most basic integration – opening a browser with a link to youtube has changed or is broken. Aaargghhh why? As though nobody has anything better to do than update an App to cope with random operating system changes. We will have to make the changes, and businesses will have to pay.

Apple puts old iPhones on sale

So far, Apple has only sold 2 iPhone models at the same time: the most recent one and the version before. This has changed after the presentation of the iPhone 4s: looking at http://www.apple.com/iphone/compare-iphones/ you can see Apple selling 3 phones: the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S. All of these 3 phones come with iOS 5 pre-installed, although Siri is iPhone 4S only.

The displayed iPhone 4 has a capacity of 8GB. This is remarkable as an 8GB version hasn’t been sold till now (it used to be 16GB and 32GB). Not only the iPhone 4, but also the 3GS is now significantly cheaper than before. The 3GS is now free in combination with a two-year wireless service contract. This is the first time ever for an iPhone.

These changes specify a fundamental change in Apple. Instead of focusing on the high-end part of the market only, it now also focuses on the mid-end part with cheaper phones. This begs the question: will this affect the image of iPhones in any way? Has the new CEO got anything to do with it? And will Apple succeed in gaining market share because of this change?