AMBER Alert for iPhone Now Available

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Several weeks ago, we reported on AMBER Alert, an iPhone application notifying users of law enforcement bulletins issued in response to certain child abductions.

    After approximately a month of waiting for Apple to approve the application, the application's developer, Jonathan Zdziarski, published an open letter to Apple and Steve Jobs two days ago in which he expressed his frustration with the App Store review process.
    Whether Apple got Zdziarksi's message or purely coincidence, AMBER Alert [App Store, Free[/url]] has been approved and is now available in the App Store.

    We had also previously reported that Zdziarski would be making portions of AMBER Alert's code available for other developers to make their applications "AMBER Aware". Unfortunately, this is no longer possible due to restrictions necessitated by the application's use of a law-enforcement-only feed.

    Article Link: AMBER Alert for iPhone Now Available
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2006
    Oaklnad, CA
    why can't apple just explain why this stuff happens?
  3. macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    I'm experiencing the lag myself. v1.2 of my game has been under review well over a month and v1.3 is almost complete! Almost makes me want to cancel 1.2 and just post 1.3!
  4. macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
    tweetie (a twitter client) just got denied because twitter had foul language in it.


    all this crap really needs to stop.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    Just tried looking for it, and couldn't find it. Did the AMBER alert thing get pulled? Since I work in an elementary school, I'd like to know about this kind of stuff.

    As for the people who say that Apple should allow more apps, I wouldn't mind it too much. However, at the first sign of apps not behaving well, people will start saying that Apple should put more restrictions. I also know that if Apple allows unsigned apps, but does something like open an alert that says something like "This app has not been signed. Are you sure you want to download? Download/Cancel", people would just ignore it, download the app, and then get mad at Apple when it messes things up.

    In some ways, IMO, people want to be totally unregulated and no socialist programs, but can't regulate themselves so things get messed up and ask for help. And when things are regulated, things go really well, yet people keep complaining about how things are too regulated. The app store, USA politics, etc. But that's just my impression. Please don't flame me.
  6. macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    Sometimes it takes hours or a day to ripple thru the servers and show up. I have seen this with other apps and other announcements.

    So true.
  7. macrumors 65816

    Apr 4, 2007
    los angeles
    Amber Alert is a terrible resource. It needs to be updated to only allow only use for strangers taking children.

    Most of it is boggled down with a parent taking their child back to Mexico. While I don't agree with this, it isn't NEARLY as dangerous and tragic as stranger kidnappings.
  8. macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    How many people at Apple HQ review all the iPhone applications? Three people? Twenty? Four hundred?
  9. macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    Actually almost all "false" amber alerts (the ones that it ends up being the other parent) end up fleeing inter-state.

    Interesting dig about mexico though, it probably speaks volumes towards your mentality.
  10. macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
    It's not about apple allowing more apps. its about apple being consistent with what they will and won't allow. The things they've rejected make absolutely no sense. In the case of Tweetie. If they block it for twitter having fowl language, why don't they block, mail, safari, etc.
  11. macrumors member


    Nov 1, 2008
    An app just to show some info? An email would have suffice. At least, it would have been pushed.
  12. macrumors member

    Greg McBride

    Jun 22, 2007
    I couldn't get it to show up on my iPhone app store. This did the trick:
    • Launch iTunes.
    • Find the app.
    • Click the "Tell a Friend" button and send yourself an email.
    • Open the email on your phone.
    • Click on the link in the email.
    • It takes you to the app in the iPhone app store.
  13. macrumors newbie


    Mar 1, 2009
    Huntington Beach
    That worked for me!!!
  14. macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2005
  15. macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2008
    Sacramento, CA

    "Unfortunately, this is no longer possible due to restrictions necessitated by the application's use of a law-enforcement-only feed"

    ... what? What? I smell PR ********.

    Really, no offense, I'd hate to have a child snatched up but AMBER Alert isn't the greatest resource ... but, what the hell does that statement mean? So other apps can't have access to the law-enforcement feed? Why not? Would a read-only feed kill them?

    One could very easily sniff their wifi network while running this app and discover where the feed comes from ...
  16. macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    New York
    Don't pull the interim update. We can be playing that for the month that apple is approving 1.3.
  17. macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2008
  18. macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2008
    This App is just to get themselves and this service in the news, to use new technology/ that such a bad thing for such a good cause/service.
  19. macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2008
    I didn't say that it isn't a great cause. I've been receiving the Amber Alerts text messages for a couple of years. The app could be a nice addition but, like many apps, their usefulness is diminished by not being able to be run in the background.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    LOL! Maybe the app should have stayed under review longer. It has frozen my phone 3 times now just playing around with it. Went to Amber Alerts, then to Mssing Child Alerts, then Missing by State, selected California, and hit the home button after got nothing returned. FROZEN.

    Rinse...repeat...same results. Even after resetting phone.
  21. Eso
    macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2008
    Good point. What are you going to do, open the app every 4 hours thinking, "I wonder if a child just got abducted..."?
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 18, 2007
    I personally dont see the point of having an amber alert on the iphone...sorry
  23. macrumors 65816

    Apr 4, 2007
    los angeles
    Maybe out in hickville where you live, but in Los Angeles a good number of them end up in Mexico. I have nothing against Mexicans, in fact I like them a lot. Why don't you site some statistics before you troll and accuse me of racism.
  24. macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    This is a good point. Without push notifications, this app is basically useless. Receiving AA texts is much more practical.

    That said, it is really sad that this developer had to raise a stink to get a good faith app into the App Store. This speaks volumes about Apple business model.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2008
    Don't combat him like that he's completely out of touch and will only get more so as you press the issue. Just let it go..

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