Briefly: Apple's Schiller e-mails again, Snow Leopard disc art

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
For the third time in days, Apple's Phil Schiller has reached out to a developer who has had issues with the iPhone App Store, while the latest build of Snow Leopard could reveal the operating system's disc art.



Schiller, the company's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, is said to have sent an e-mail to company theory11.com LLC about a "rising card" trick application rejected from the App Store, a story by Dow Jones Newswires said Thursday.



Days ago, the Apple executive sent an e-mail to Steven Frank, co-founder of Panic after the Mac developer said he might boycott his iPhone. Prior to that, Schiller contacted John Gruber of Daring Fireball after he criticized the App Store -- a move that, at the time, was unprecedented for a executive from a notoriously tight-lipped company. But now it would appear that Apple is considering taking a different approach.



It should be noted that Ben Charny, the author of the report, is the same reporter who incorrectly stated that Apple would be attending CES 2010 for the Wall Street Journal.



Snow Leopard disc art



Digging around the latest -- and rumored to be Golden Master -- build of Apple's upcoming operating system, GearLive has discovered what appears to be a change in disc art for the Mac OS X DVD. The image was found in the OS install icon which, in the past, has been consistent with the disc art.



The previously shown design had a large X with a purple outer space-like background, while the new style abandons it for a clean, white background with a picture of a snow leopard.



This week, Mac OS X 10.6 build 10A432 was seeded to the developer community. Reports suggest it is the final build of the operating system and could be for sale in a matter of weeks.



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  • Reply 1 of 50
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,757member
    So will Schiller be sending every developer that gets an app rejected?? Is that really necessary?



    I'm being facetious here, obviously, but if Schiller wants to make a public statement outlining the general reasons for a particular kind of app getting rejected via a personal e-mail, that's a good strategy. But I hope this won't be a regular occurrence. Unless of course Apple is ready to manage the submission of "reasons" to every developer explaining each rejection.
  • Reply 2 of 50
    smiles77smiles77 Posts: 668member
    Ima likin it.
  • Reply 3 of 50
    For the record, the first two are not developers who write sw for the iPhone. One is an ass with a blog and the other is developer of a closed system piece of software. Neither of those nit wits have any right bitching about the app store.
  • Reply 4 of 50
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,757member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by steviet02 View Post


    For the record, the first two are not developers who write sw for the iPhone. One is an ass with a blog and the other is developer of a closed system piece of software. Neither of those nit wits have any right bitching about the app store.



    Ah, ok. Thanks for the clarification.
  • Reply 5 of 50
    magic_almagic_al Posts: 325member
    I wonder if the box art and default desktop picture might change from outer space to kitty porn as well. The purple nebula thing is too similar to 10.5.
  • Reply 6 of 50
    wobegonwobegon Posts: 764member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Quadra 610 View Post


    So will Schiller be sending every developer that gets an app rejected?? Is that really necessary?



    I'm being facetious here, obviously, but if Schiller wants to make a public statement outlining the general reasons for a particular kind of app getting rejected via a personal e-mail, that's a good strategy. But I hope this won't be a regular occurrence. Unless of course Apple is ready to manage the submission of "reasons" to every developer explaining each rejection.



    Why in the world would you not want the clearing up of confusion/misinformation to become a regular occurrence?



    These letters are not primarily addressed to the App Store developers directly, but to people like Gruber who talk often about the App Store approval process. Any sign of better communication from Apple is a good thing, IMO.
  • Reply 7 of 50
    str1f3str1f3 Posts: 573member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by steviet02 View Post


    For the record, the first two are not developers who write sw for the iPhone. One is an ass with a blog and the other is developer of a closed system piece of software. Neither of those nit wits have any right bitching about the app store.



    Are you sure you're not the nitwit? Wake me up when you write a piece of software that's as good as Transmit, Coda, or CandyBar. Tell me when you write a blog that's so good that the higher ups at Apple read it. You're really funny talking about a software with a closed system in the same thread as the App Store.
  • Reply 8 of 50
    virgil-tb2virgil-tb2 Posts: 1,416member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by steviet02 View Post


    For the record, the first two are not developers who write sw for the iPhone. One is an ass with a blog and the other is developer of a closed system piece of software. Neither of those nit wits have any right bitching about the app store.



    and the Ben Charny report linked to in the article above is just chock-a-block full of inaccuracies and unsupported innuendo as well.



    It seems that Phil is only responding to people who have a large audience and a bit of credibility but at the same time are spreading 100% manure. Gruber is usually the least biased of this whole lot, but he will print anything that any of his developer friends tell him to without questioning it at all.
  • Reply 9 of 50
    I can't believe that's the CD art for snow leopard. That's just not possible. I'm expecting something like Leopard's disc, but with a shifted color palette. More of an ice blue and white nebula instead of pink and purple. No way they're jumping to depicting animals ala O'Reilly.
  • Reply 10 of 50
    virgil-tb2virgil-tb2 Posts: 1,416member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by str1f3 View Post


    Are you sure you're not the nitwit? Wake me up when you write a piece of software that's as good as Transmit, Coda, or CandyBar. Tell me when you write a blog that's so good that the higher ups at Apple read it. You're really funny talking about a software with a closed system in the same thread as the App Store.



    I think the point is that these guys don't write iPhone software and were "boycotting" the app store on self-admittedly subjective grounds, based on only "what they heard" from their friends. Also, Gruber's blog is good, but he is a (self admitted) jerk at times with some very obvious biases of his own. He's largely responsible for pushing a lot of the "developer rejection" stories, and has had to retract his statements several times lately.
  • Reply 11 of 50
    hdasmithhdasmith Posts: 145member
    Is this where we see the end of the "X" in Mac OS X? instead of potentially going to Mac OS XI we'll carry on calling future desktop versions after cats, or just animals in general. Maybe canines next? Mac OS Labradoodle anyone?
  • Reply 12 of 50
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,990member
    While on the cat theme for Mac OS, I vote Saber Tooth for the next one. Of course the fact that it went extinct is a downer, but still, has a nice powerful connotation. Minor upgrades could be small cats, like Ocelot. Hee-hee.
  • Reply 13 of 50
    rot'napplerot'napple Posts: 1,839member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Quadra 610 View Post


    So will Schiller be sending every developer that gets an app rejected?? Is that really necessary?



    I'm being facetious here, obviously, but if Schiller wants to make a public statement outlining the general reasons for a particular kind of app getting rejected via a personal e-mail, that's a good strategy. But I hope this won't be a regular occurrence. Unless of course Apple is ready to manage the submission of "reasons" to every developer explaining each rejection.



    Makes one wonder what kind of dissent for the Apple store and developer apps there really is.



    Did those that were past due payment ever get paid by Apple?



    Apple's app store will not be the only game in town soon. I wonder how much of a talent drain of individual developers taking a hike to a "competitor" app store, whereas right now, that option isn't as much a threat for Apple.
  • Reply 14 of 50
    rbonnerrbonner Posts: 635member
    Does anyone know why the card trick app was rejected?
  • Reply 15 of 50
    rot'napplerot'napple Posts: 1,839member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Robin Huber View Post


    While on the cat theme for Mac OS, I vote Saber Tooth for the next one. Of course the fact that it went extinct is a downer, but still, has a nice powerful connotation. Minor upgrades could be small cats, like Ocelot. Hee-hee.



    And they can change the name to run "Windows" on your Mac from Boot Camp to "SnagglePuss"!



  • Reply 16 of 50
    taurontauron Posts: 911member
    Holy crap we are having an article and a thread about the art in the SL disk. Shoot me.
  • Reply 17 of 50
    poochpooch Posts: 768member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tauron View Post


    Holy crap we are having an article and a thread about the art in the SL disk. Shoot me.



    me too, please.
  • Reply 18 of 50
    frykefryke Posts: 217member
    Peng! Peng!
  • Reply 19 of 50
    columbuscolumbus Posts: 282member
    Is it me or has Steve got back to Apple and decided he doesn't like much about the look of Snow Leopard. I mean after WWDC there were a heck of a lot of appearance tweaks for a release based on performance. Then came the Wallpaper, now it looks like they are changing the whole branding.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tauron View Post


    Holy crap we are having an article and a thread about the art in the SL disk. Shoot me.



    Let's carry on talking about it



    To me it make sense – the products are called Leopard and Snow Leopard and yet up until now the packaging hasn't reflected this. The best box for Mac OS X was of course 10.2 (Jaguar) where the Pixar group made a beautifully rendered furry X.
  • Reply 20 of 50
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Robin Huber View Post


    Minor upgrades could be small cats, like Ocelot. Hee-hee.



    Or domestic shorthair...
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