Thursday, February 16, 2012

Instapaper update addresses security, crash issues

One of the more responsive (and successful) app developers out there continues to be Marco Arment, the developer behind the hugely successful Instapaper.

Today Arment issued an update to Instapaper that not only fixes a crash issue that originated with the 4.0.2 update, but also addresses the security issue that has become the latest source of controversy for Apple.

If you haven't been following the latest Apple dust up, it centers around the fact that its iOS gives developers way too much access to the users address book. Some apps, notable Path, a journal app, were found to be accessing the iOS device owners address book without permission.

“Apps that collect or transmit a user’s contact data without their prior permission are in violation of our guidelines,” Tom Neumayr from Apple told AllThingsD earlier this week.

Clearly Apple will be forced to include a fix for this in its next version of its mobile operating system. But that won't be as easy as it sounds as the timing might be a problem with the new iPad 3 about to be launched. I imagine Apple's iOS team are scrambling right now.