Archive for June 1, 2010

iPad support – new apps or upgrades?

June 1, 2010 Comments off

Application developers have two main options when it comes to iPad applications. Either produce a completely new application (e.g. Account Tracker “HD”) that will be charged for in the normal way, or produce what is called a “Universal” application that will support the iPad as well as current iPhone and iPod Touch devices. A universal app would typically be an upgrade for existing users.

My initial thoughts on this would be to produce universal updates, to get each of my apps working and taking advantage of the iPad’s bigger screen. However there is a slight issue. The development tools that you need to produce such an application no longer support iPhone OS 2.2.1 or below. If I went down this route, existing users with older iPod Touches would not be able to upgrade at all, and would therefore be stuck at the current versions.

How big an issue is this? All iPhone users can update their iPhone OS free of charge, but there is a nominal charge from Apple for older iPod Touch users (in the UK this is £2.99).

I would welcome your comments, especially if you are running an older iPhone OS version.

Meter Readings 2.2 now available

June 1, 2010 Comments off

Meter Readings icon By very popular request, added support for rate changes. On the meter settings screen, select the + button at the top right to copy your current rates into a Previous Rates section. From there you can edit the end date of each rate period. The current rates will remain, but you can edit these to reflect any changes. Multiple sets of rates are supported.

Improved the display of numbers to take into account your device’s region setting. Previously this worked for currency only, now it should handle all other numbers. If you think I’ve missed something here, please let me know!

Improved the descriptions around tariffs vs rates … etc. This has been confusing for some people, so I have replaced all references to tariffs to be the actual reading number (1, 2 or 3). Essentially tariffs are the number of readings you have to submit to your supplier, i.e. 1 for an all day tariff, 2 for day and night … etc.

Minor bug fixes.