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Parental Control App Developers Demand API From Apple

According to The New York Times, this move from the developers was spurred in part by encouragement from a former Apple executive, Tony Fadell

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A large group of developers who make apps that require parental control are collectively demanding that Apple come up with a technical solution to let them continue working on the iPhone.

The move came after the iPhone-maker recently began blocking many of these apps, alleging they took advantage of the Mobile Device Management (MDM) features on the iPhone, The Verge reported on Thursday.

However, the developers say that Apple altered its policies after it introduced its own screen time management tool.

Application Programming Interface (API) is a set of functions and procedures allowing the creation of applications that access the features or data of an operating system, application, or other service.

“Until September 2018, iOS users could only get screen time management tools from third-party apps. The most popular and effective of these apps were active for many years and relied on MDM technology to deliver the features parents wanted,” the developers wrote on a website they made called “Screen Time API”.

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“When Apple released its own screen time management tool, it also started removing established brands from the store or blocking updates to their apps.”

MDM features enable the admin to enforce access control as well as application policies. Ethically, according to Apple policies, those features are only supposed to be used by companies and businesses, not app developers.

“Time to put the kids first. Protecting children online and teaching them good technology use habits are some of the biggest challenges facing modern parents. That’s why developers need a cross platform, open screen time API,” the developers wrote on their website.

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According to The New York Times, this move from the developers was spurred in part by encouragement from a former Apple executive, Tony Fadell.

In a Twitter thread earlier this year, Fadell argued that Apple should create a full-featured API so companies could create full-featured parental track apps that could potentially work across different software platforms. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Apple to Launch 16-inch MacBook Pro in September

Kuo has also previously claimed that two new iPad Pro models will enter mass production between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020

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Apple is all set to launch its 16-inch MacBook Pro in September this year, media reported on Monday.

“We foresee that Apple will release a new product in September 2019 Apple event if there’s no unexpected development issue,” said Jeff Lin, Associate Director of Consumer Electronics at IHS Markit, reported The Verge.

The upcoming MacBook Pro is said to feature an LCD panel from LG display with a resolution of 3072 x 1920, which is better then the current high-end model’s 15.4-inch 2880×1800 display.

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In an earlier report, famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo spoke about the launch of new Apple devices.

Kuo stated that the company might launch a new iPad with 10 or 12-inch screen in late 2020 or early 2021 and a MacBook with 15 to 17-inch screen size in the first half of 2021 equipped with mini-LED panels.

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Kuo has also previously claimed that two new iPad Pro models will enter mass production between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020. (IANS)