In the name of research my iPad has been jailbroken using the Spirit app. There hasn’t been much of a need for jailbreaking as the settings app sits in the expanded six place iPad dock, and provides much faster access to settings than the iPhone equivalent. SBsettings is now installed on the iPad, but Winterboard currently has some issues on the iPad. Changing the theme on the iPhone makes it look much better, but the iPad supports wallpapers and the apps look way better without any fiddling so the appeal of theming is much reduced.
There’s not much to report on the jailbreak, it’s just as simple as the recent iPhone attempt and results in Cydia on the iPad desktop. There’s a warning in Cydia that not everything works on the iPad yet, and some iPhone software may cause a crash that needs a software restore to fix.
Trying the iPad’s iPod app yesterday resulted in an instant crash that I initially thought may be related to the jailbreak, but posts on the Apple support forum showed the issue is not uncommon. The unlikely fix of launching the Videos app before the iPod app actually worked for me so all is back to normal.
Earlier this week Apple removed the MyFrame photo frame application from the app store. There’s nothing new about apps being pulled, but in this instance the app in question was a high quality photo frame capable of displaying the time, date, weather, notes and twitter feeds. I can say it’s high quality as I paid for the app and used it whenever my iPad was sitting on my desk while I worked at the hackintosh. The app stopped working a couple of days ago which I initially thought was caused by jailbreaking the iPad, but now I’m not so sure.
From the Groundhog software blog and Macworld article it appears MyFrame was pulled from the app store for using widgets, and the reply to an email sent to Steve Jobs said, “We are not allowing apps that create their own desktops. Sorry.”
While this is good news for a much requested feature in the upcoming iPad OS 4, it sucks for a useful app. Especially an app that was recently upgraded to version 1.2, the third release approved by Apple. There also appears to be some confusion at the app store. Clicking the link on the Groundhog software site to buy the app took me to the UK iTunes store with a warning the app was not currently available in the UK, but was in the US store. This happened as I have both a UK and US account from my recent US iPad purchase. Agreeing to be taken to the US store then gave an error that the app is not available there either.
The most puzzling thing here is why Apple doesn’t contact app developers and give them the chance to remove whatever conflicts with planned OS features or new unannounced ‘rules’. I’ve just fired of this question from the iTunes report a problem feature, any reply will be added as a new post.
I paid for MyFrame a couple of weeks ago and use it often. The 1.2 update added more control over the photo slideshows and some other great features. Then earlier this week it stopped working. After launching the app would take a while to display anything, then freeze and finally exit back to the iPad desktop. I’ve since found out the app has been removed from the app store, is this related to the sudden problems I am experiencing?
Also, now the app has been removed and there is no word on future updates or re-admittance to the app store, will Apple be issuing a refund to all the loyal Apple customers who paid for this app? Or is the developer going to get a big bill?