Apple Tops Their Own Record With Two Million iPhone 5 Pre-Orders In First 24 Hours

Apple just announced that they topped their previous record of iPhone pre-orders in the first 24 hours, again.

Apple® today announced pre-orders of its iPhone® 5 topped two million in just 24 hours, more than double the previous record of one million held by iPhone 4S. Demand for iPhone 5 exceeds the initial supply and while the majority of pre-orders will be delivered to customers on September 21, many are scheduled to be delivered in October.

Talking iPhone On CMD+SPACE

Right after this year's "Apple Special Event" on September 12th where they announced the iPhone 5, Myke Hurley was joined by Stephen Hackett to discuss the event on the CMD+SPACE podcast.

Beside having Shawn Blanc and David Caolo as special guests on the show, they gave listeners the opportunity to participate and share their thoughts. I was lucky to be one of those listeners.

Listening to great shows is one thing, but being on a show is an amazing feeling. Talking to those two awesome people really felt great. It's really something special when you listen to the whole show afterwards and hear yourself talking alongside people you admire.

Here's the link to the episode I've been on and you really should check out the previous episodes as well.
You know what, why don't you check out the other shows of the 70Decibels network. They deliver some fantastic content and there sure is something for everyone.

Vemedio Annouces The Instacast Membership

After mentioning Vemedio's plan on offering a subscription on this article, they announced the "Instacast Membership" on Twitter shortly after I published my post.

Apparently they're not going with Simperium, but instead developing their own "advanced syncing mechanism" as Hering also talked about in his first post about the State of Instacast Sync:

One alternative would be to develop my own syncing solution and roll out my own server infrastructure.

There are two memberships available. A "Basic Membership" at $6 for 6 months and a "Senator Membership" for $10, billed once a year. A subscription will get you "early access, priority handling" and a "super secret newsletter with insider infos".

$10 a year is not even the price of a $0.99 app a month and it will get you a Senator Membership and help a develop making his work even better.
For those who already love the app and use it as their podcatcher of choice, that's the best way to help improve on it.
The syncing platform is scheduled for "later this year" with the introduction of Instacast 3.0.
More infos on Vemedio's blog post and here's the link to become a member.

On Drafts, Simperium & iCloud

When reading about Drafts by Agile Tortoise, people like to call it the "Launch Center for words", a "Field Notes for iOS", or simply put "a utility that allows you to save short snippets of text".

People love it and use it in many different ways. From using it as a Birdhouse replacement for saving Tweets, creating Events, writing Messages and Mails, saving notes to Evernote (a lot faster than with the app itself), to create entries in OmniFocus or hacking around with the "append" to Dropbox functionality like Federico Viticci over at MacStories showed recently, or really just using it as a scratchpad for random thoughts, there's most certainly a way you could also integrate this app in your workflow.

But this shouldn't be a review of the app itself as there are many extraordinary and in-depth reviews out there. Starting with the reviews on Agile Tortoise's site or by reading the sites I already linked to above, there are others who know what they're doing and I leave it to them to show you the strengths of Drafts.

While I've been using the app when it was iPhone only, I really got curious about some things when Greg Pierce from Agile Tortoise wrote about Drafts 2.0 and Drafts for iPad 1.0.
First I wanted to know if the app was Universal and if not what the price would be. The iPad version is priced at $2.99 and you can get the iPhone version for $1.99. I was kind of wondering that I didn't really see any people complaining about it, as usually there are complaints about developers wanting to get paid twice.
I see several reasons why the app isn't Universal. One of them is explained by Pierce: "Having separate apps makes it easier to maintain price points friendly to those who only want to use it on one of the devices." Another reason in my opinion is an impeccable idea (if of course, it is the way I see it).
Drafts supports lightning fast syncing using a service called Simperium. For those who haven't heard about this service yet, that's what Simplenote is using to keep your notes everywhere. While there is a Basic Plan that developers can use for free, as soon as the number of active users per month exceeds 2,500, Simperium will cost $99 per month. And that's only the pricing for up to 5,000 users. Now having 2,500 active users per month might seem a lot, but when you're developing something to make money with it, you want to reach a lot of people.
So that's where I think that the pricing for the iPad app comes in. After giving Apple its share, there's money left to pay the work you already did and there could eventually be some money to cover the costs for using a service such as Simperium. I like to support services that work and I also also agree to paying a little more to a developer who does a good job. When thinking that the developers could potentially also pay for a service on a monthly basis, the price for Drafts isn't justified at all. What if more people than planned are getting these apps and a lot of them use it at least once a month. After having bought the app once, you don't pay for it another time. If the app is successful for a long period of time, the developers wouldn't be able to pay for a service on a monthly basis without losing money.
Of course I have no idea on how many people downloaded the app, how much people use it at least once a month or anything related to those kinds of things.

But why not use iCloud? Pierce linked to this article by Jon Mitchell on ReadWriteWeb focusing on this paragraph:

“It just works,” the Apple marketing slogan goes. But for the syncing features in iCloud, that promise has proven too good to be true. On Thursday, the first iOS app launched that eschews iCloud in favor of a new third-party service called Simperium. If you use an iPhone or iPad, you’ll want to know why.

And he's not the only one complaining about having problems with making Apple's iCloud "just work".
Martin Hering of Vemedio also discussed the iCloud implementation and syncing problem with his Podcatcher apps Instacast and Instacast HD.
iCloud works well with documents and "simple" files, but seems to be having problems when doing more than just overwriting or changing a file. Hering also mentions:

On top iCloud seems to have a problem with connection reliability. It is very possible that data can not be downloaded or that the file transfer process hangs.

All this does not make it a joy to develop for iCloud. And that’s why so many 3rd party developers have problems with their iCloud integration.

While also thinking about syncing via Dropbox he considers using Simperium as well. He's suggesting to offer a subscription fee though, which could be a problem as people were really upset when Instacast got updated to 2.0 and integrated some "Pro" features available via $0.99 IAP while the app is priced at $1.99 itself.
On a follow-up post about the Instacast Sync he says that "$5 a year for such a great service is affordable". We'll see how people will react to that once it's about time to pay the first subscription fee.

Summing up, I think that all of the apps and services mentioned above are great and if you haven't checked them out yet, you definitely should do that now. Support people for doing a great job. Help them do more and improve what they're working on.

If you have some thoughts you want to share or completely disagree with me, please let me know.
I'm writing about my thoughts and the way I see things. This doesn't mean that other have to share my opinion. And as I said before, I can't say what the developers or others are thinking, I might even be completely wrong, but one thing is for sure, if you're still reading this, I made you think about it as well.

First draft & things are moving fast

There's a lot of interesting things going on at the moment.

A lot of talks about Twitter becoming more and more like a network that is regarded to be for people who attract more users.

On the other hand App.net got funded and is currently in alpha with ~7,500 users. For those not knowing what this network is about, you might want to check out their video.

As I posted on my App.net profile:

It's still weird for me posting things here. It's like when you're in a new relationship and you're not sure what to talk about. Can't wait for the moment when everything feels natural here!

I'm looking forward to having the urge to check the site (and I hope pretty soon Apps) and see what people are talking about and join the conversations.

Anyway at the moment I can only read what others are doing, see what articles are writing, catch up on what happened during the last hours etc.

The problem is that there's a lot going on at the moment and I have to spend a lot of time talking to people, thinking about what's best and spending huge amounts of time negotiating and starting all over again.

I hope that I'll be able to customise this site even more and fill it with articles, thoughts, links and words soon.