Readers hoyas79, Matt, and gatearray let me know about the price change for GrainBender, which carries with it some sad news!
In protest over Apple's abuse of the patent system I am removing all my apps from the app store. I will issue one update for existing customers if necessary to fix any bugs that arise from the transition to iOS 6.
That is no typo. All of Miles Egan's apps are now $100 to discourage sales while he continues to support the app. I tried to contact him this morning, about his decision, but he was not feeling talkative.
As a non-partisan in the Apple vs Android Wars, I can really relate. The idea that Apple has a patent on a rectangle with round edges is pretty absurd, but many of the patents they were hitting Samsung with were downright scary.
Like the gestures! How can anyone patent moving your thumb to the left? The whole business of patents and copyrights has been laughable for decades, but these guys are actually using these stupid patents to sue the shit out of each other instead of competing.
Apple won this round, which will of course be appealed, but in response Google tried to counter by blocking imports of all Apple products because they use some equally stupid Google patent. Meanwhile your iPhone 5 that's on the way, has many of its parts fabricated for Apple by Samsung factories!
This is all maddening to fans of technology. I can understand Miles wanting to protest it, but I doubt it will be very meaningful. In the end, as with all of this patent nonsense, it is the consumers who really lose. I love GrainBender, and I'm not just saying that because it is the only app that includes presets from me!