[aprssig] APRS Mobile 1.0 Released for iPhone/iPad
Gregory A. Carter
gcarter at openaprs.net
Thu Sep 18 13:52:19 CDT 2014
At the moment we use plaintext passcode. Apple requires apps using any
encryption to go through the export certificate process with the US so it
makes adding any sort of noticable SSL difficult and borderline not worth
doing. App makers often don't press the check mark for encrypted apps when
submitting to apple even when they actually do use SSL and get away with it
but having an active place to set an SSL cert would trigger red flags and
force an export cert.
On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM, Tom Hayward <esarfl at gmail.com> wrote:
> What methods does it support for authentication? You say it connects
> directly to APRS-IS, so I suspect it supports passcode authentication.
> What about SSL, like APRSdroid?
> I expect authentication to the REST API to be some other system,
> although using a LotW certificate would be most convenient [for me]
> since it's already in use elsewhere in APRS-IS infrastructure.
> I'm interested in hearing more about the REST API.
> Tom KD7LXL
> On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 6:17 AM, Gregory A. Carter <gcarter at openaprs.net>
> > Hi All,
> > With the release of iOS8 I have released a new APRS app into the Apple
> > Store for both iPhone and iPad. I have received a large number of
> > over the years for an APRS app that connects to APRS-IS directly and I am
> > excited to announce that APRS Mobile does just that and is available in
> > app store today.
> > Features:
> > - Beacon your position while app is in background
> > - Real time position mapping of other Amateur Radio stations around the
> > world with PHG circle plots, track lines and "Dead Reckoning"
> > - Supports SmartBeaconing
> > - Callsign SSID support
> > - Ability to change APRS icon
> > - Imperial, metric and nautical units supported
> > - High and low battery drain modes for background GPS/positioning
> > - Background beacon using minimal data
> > - Focus on APRS tactical data, no messaging
> > - View weather (WX) station data (graphs coming soon)
> > - Beacon prediction
> > - Packet statistics (packets sent, average time between packets, etc)
> > - Maximize map viewable area by briefly touching the map to hide/reveal
> > navigation
> > - iOS8 Support
> > Planned Features:
> > - RESTful mode with option to use several different APRS API's including
> > 2015 release Mac App API
> > - Enhanced multiple station tracking
> > - WX scrolling graphs
> > - Animated movements of stations
> > - Object Creation
> > - Tactical callsign mapping
> > - Telemetry
> > - Your requested feature here....
> > There is no future plan to add messaging into this app, the focus is on
> > tactical value of station reports, however we'll be releasing an APRS
> > messaging app in the next few months that focuses directly on messaging.
> > Keeping functionality separate makes releases far easier to address
> > and add additional functionality.
> > APRS Mobile may be viewed at
> > :https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aprs-mobile/id915387067?ls=1&mt=8
> > I welcome feedback as in the next few weeks I'll be releasing a few
> > additional versions that take more advantage of some of the exciting new
> > functionality that iOS8 provides. I will also be slowly replacing all the
> > antiquated icons, creating a new public github repository for everyone to
> > freely contribute and share vector APRS icons and add any suggested
> > features.
> > In 2015 Q1 I'll be releasing OpenAPRS for Mac which will be an APRS-IS
> > application with GPS/serial support, uses the same mapping engine as APRS
> > Mobile and will offer restful support for APRS Mobile which will allow
> > to run the mac app as the backend for a restful service for the iOS app.
> > Greg
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