Tim Cook: Apple Hopes To Give Developers More Control Over iOS

Tim Cook: Apple Hopes To Give Developers More Control Over iOS

Speaking at the D11 conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that the Cupertino, Calif. company hopes to give developers more access over its mobile operating system through opening additional APIs, but comically added that Facebook’s Chat Heads won’t make an iOS-wide appearance.

Cook explained:

The customer pays us to make choices [concerning developer control over iOS] on their behalf. But you’ll see us open up more.

Known for its “closed system,” Apple’s tight control over its mobile operating system and App Store is one of the number of ways in which the company is able to effectively protect consumers from malware. There are, however, downsides to such rigidity, and the jailbreak scene has flourished in recent years with countless tweaks and hacks, which subvert Apple’s regulations in favor of developer innovation and customization at the level of the iOS itself.

Cook’s comments indeed suggest that Apple is moving towards relaxing some of this control, though the extent of such a move of course remains to be seen.

When asked by Kara Swisher if this means Facebook’s Chat Heads could soon become iOS-wide, however, Cook noted that he’s “not sure that’s one” innovation Apple is planning on implementing, “but there’s always more to do,” he added.

We’ll keep you updated.

In the meantime, for further D11 related news articles, see: Tim Cook Explains Apple’s Current “One-A-Year” iPhone Strategy At D11Is The iWatch Close At Hand? At D11, Apple CEO Tim Cook Says “The Wrist Is Interesting”, and Apple CEO Tim Cook Confirms Jony Ive’s Design Influence On iOS 7.

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Apple Sued For $5 Million Over iPhone 4′s Faulty Power Button

Apple Sued For $  5 Million Over iPhone 4′s Faulty Power Button

One Florida-based woman is suing Apple for $ 5 million on behalf of countless iPhone 4 owners over the fourth-generation handset’s “faulty” power button. The lawsuit, which was filed recently in San Jose, Calif., claims that Apple knew about the defective iPhone 4 button, but nevertheless chose to retail the product worldwide.

As evidence, Debra Hilton cites Apple’s Support Communities forum, where a thread for “iPhone 4 Power Button Stuck” has attracted over 800,000 views, and more than 450 replies. Here, owners complain of loose, unresponsive power buttons on iPhone 4 handsets, as per the thread’s original post:

Out of the blue today the power/lock button on my iPhone 4 became completely unresponsive. It doesn’t seem to be jammed and it actually seems to be loose and a bit wiggly. Now I can’t restart my phone and I can’t lock it. I was wondering if this was a common problem with other iPhone 4 units and what would be the best way to go about getting it fixed. I got this phone from a friend about a month ago who had only used it for about two months before switching to a different phone. Prior to receiving this phone I had been using an iPhone 3G for two years with no problems whatsoever. This iPhone 4 has not been dropped or exposed to water or humidity of any kind.

As GigaOm reports, “The lawsuit claims that the defect typically arises shortly after one year at which point the warranty has expired, forcing consumers to pay $ 149 for repairs.” Hilton is suing Apple for a total of $ 5 million in compensation, on behalf of iPhone 4 owners who have encountered the above issue.

Recently, $ 15 checks started reaching iPhone 4 owners following a lawsuit concerning the handset’s much-publicized “antennagate” fault. The first of these checks appear to have reached customers on April 22, 2013.

Do you have an iPhone 4 handset that suffers from the aforementioned power button-related issue?

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