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iCloud beta site shows new apps; Apple accepts Dropbox SDK

updated 03:28 pm EDT, Fri May 11, 2012

App Store reviewers greenlight revised Dropbox-ready apps

The beta version of is now displaying Reminders and Notes apps, users observe. At the moment, the regular site is limited to Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Find My iPhone, and iWork. 9to5Mac notes that the beta code contains hidden strings asking a person to "first sign in to iCloud with the iOS 6 Beta," which may hint that iOS 6 and an updated will premiere simultaneously, possibly at WWDC in June.

Apple meanwhile appears to accepting apps built with a revised Dropbox SDK. Recently several developers complained of having apps rejected after taking advantage of Dropbox integration that let users sign up for accounts and buy extra storage space. Dropbox attempted to solved the problem with a new SDK, but rejections kept happening, even as it said it was "working with Apple" on the matter.

Revisions to the SDK kept coming, and while Apple has not made a statement on the situation, App Store reviewers are said to be giving the go-ahead after the latest SDK update. Apps are now being accepted, although some significant changes have been made to Dropbox integration. If a person doesn't have the official Dropbox app installed, a third-party app will now open a native login view, rather than jumping to Safari. There is also no longer ability to create an account without signing up separately.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    More silliness

    Once again apple sticking to their "how dare you try to get someone to give you money using our device without giving us a cut!" philosophy.

    Who cares if it inconveniences the developers of apps, or the user for that matter.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It could also be that they want to limit access to those with iOS 6 because they can then be sure they're developers who are supposed to be allowed to have access, rather than just the general public.

    Of course, it doesn't make any sense since you CANNOT sign into iCloud (the web site) via any iOS browser, since Apple so nicely bans that capability (apparently their 'standards compliant web pages and standards compliant web browsers don't work nicely together on their mobile devices).

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