Hope you weren’t looking forward to this project’s release… But at least you can look forward to a possible new Mountain Lion release!
Happy Friday! Or should we say ‘Happy Not End of the World’ Day?!
With 1,000 backers and at last count, pledges totaling $139,170.00, the Kickstarter project POP Power Station will not be becoming a reality. The portable, high capacity power, 4 retractable cord charging station met it’s demise when it failed to get licensing approval from Apple for the Lightning connector. Use of Apple’s Lightning connector is regulated through a strict program that the POP power station failed to meet.
Started by the Edison Junior Design Laboratory, the power station boasted a 26,000 mAh battery, 4 retractable cord reels stretching to 2 feet with the ability to charge Apple and Micro USB products, 2 additional USB ports, and an LED indicator for battery life. It could also be customized or branded with artwork or company logo (Virtua Computers, anyone?). Perfect for on the go. And now, no more.
The company is required to reimburse all pledges, eat all credit card fees, and pay a 5% Kickstarter fee. According to sources, the credit card fees and Kickstarter fee total around $11,000. OUCH.
New on the developer front is a new seeded build of Apple’s OS X 10.8.3 for Mountain Lion released just two days after it released a previous version. The “new” release notes are the exact same as those given earlier this week for the previous release. Developers are asked to focus on AirPlay, AirPort, Game Center, Graphics, and Safari. This is the fourth beta test for 10.8.3 and the third this month so far. OS X 10.8.2 had 5 betas before it released in September, so mayhaps a new release is awaiting us in the new year!
Apple is also reminding developers to install the “OS X Software Update Seed Configuration Utility” available in the App Store. It’s Apple’s preferred method for giving devs new beta updates, and while email is still being used to communicate, one wonders how long this will remain the method of communicado for Apple and beta OS updates. Want to join the Apple iOS Developer Program?? Sign up here.