Just checking in to provide an update to Crystal - my upcoming ad/tracking blocker for iOS.
State of the app
In terms of features, the app is complete for what I envisioned for the initial 1.0 version:
- Blocks Adverts & Tracking Scripts to speed up browsing while reducing bandwidth used.
- Automatically update the blocklist to the latest version.
- Ability to report sites that are still showing ads, annoyances or have lost functionality.
The next task on my list is mainly focused around the design of the app and promotional materials needed for its launch. I am very confident I will be able to have the app ready for sale when iOS 9 ships later this Autumn.
First of all, thank you to everyone who has requested to be a beta tester, I have nearly 600 people on my list waiting to get access, which is growing every day. At the moment, I am waiting for Apple to allow iOS 9 betas on its TestFlight service, which will allow me to have upto 1000 testers. As soon as that is functional, I am ready to drop the beta to everyone on the list.
There is still room to join the beta access - see form below!
During this week I launched Crystal pre-beta to 20 people using Fabric. Using this method of distribution limits me to how many people I can distribute to as I can only register a limited amount of test devices on my Apple developer account. I do plan to add more people every few days, keep your eyes pealed for an email from myself.
I've already picked up on a few bugs during the pre-beta access, mostly to do with code-signing, so when I can do a wider public beta, it'll be a lot more stable!
Otherwise, I've had some very positive feedback. I've heard that web-browsing is a lot faster with it switched on along with a lot less annoyances on webpages.
If you haven't already signed up for beta access, or would just like to be notified when its ready for download, feel free to use the form below to do so.
I will use the details you provide to send 2 emails - one to announce beta testing if you opt in, and another to announce the release of the app later in the year, before disposing of your email address.
If you would like to follow along with my progress, the best place is to follow me on twitter, @CraftyDeano, however for any major updates, I will post them here in the blog.