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Yes, it does suck - but you know anytime you're in business something is going to suck. Just find a way to work around it and do whats best for the customer as much as you can (without going under).    The fear that I have is that if we go try-before-you-buy, its going to look like "Freemium" because that's what so many games do. We're not a game, but when I first mentioned this to my beta group of 300 people - it was shot down immediately because they heard the word...
 I've personally talked with Apple App Store folks at each of the WWDCs since 2008 requesting trials.  We've also talked to Phil and also submitted bug reports to Apple's RADAR system. At this point, I'm tired of waiting and I don't expect it to happen.
We are developers of a pretty popular app which costs about $13. One of the things we're strongly looking at is making the app free, but with restrictions. No ads. Its more of a demo/trial than anything else. Not Freemium. Then if the person likes it, they can use IAP to buy it.    The idea is to move the purchase from the initial "Buy" button in the App store, to after you've tried the app.   My point here is that I think its the way apps are going to move forward...
So this is Apple saying that iWork WILL be getting major improvements over its lifetime? I hope so.
But unlike phone calls, you get to completely control whether you want ANY calls, some calls, or all calls. How is that bad?
Speaking as someone who uses Mavericks:   1) Its a great feature. Of course some websites will try to spam, but you can just turn them off. Super simple too. Examples: Gmail, Weather, etc.. It removes the need for native apps whose sole purpose is to poll a website and provide a notification. 2) Its completely opt-in per website.  3) You can turn it off wholesale in Safari, or per website.   So those of you who say stuff like "first time I get one, I'll stop using...
  Not at all - its just a collection of Google services such as the maps API, not actual core OS APIs.   As an example our flagship app - Pocket Informant - relies on the calendar APIs included in Android 4.0. On previous OSes we had to reverse engineer Google's code. Or another example are widgets - resizable widgets were not supported in specific Android platforms. I can go on and on.   On iOS we have to write our software to gracefully limit functionality on older...
  That only helps fragmentation for users to a degree. It does not help fragmentation for developers.
My take is simple. iOS 7 beta 1 sucked. I really love beta 4 and am excited to see how it progresses. The big thing is that iOS 7 FEELS a lot better in use than via static screenshots.
My two cents if it means much. The interface in screenshots is not something I want to install on my device; but then I installed it. Of course at first I still disliked it. After a week I can't go back to iOS 6 without feeling like I'm running some old OS. I love most of iOS 7 now. (I say most because there are some elements I do not like still).
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