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Scratch Team Blog: Scratch on the iPhone

Scratch on the iPhone

Monday, April 19, 2010

During the past week, several journalists and bloggers asked for the Scratch Team's reaction to Apple's decision not to allow a Scratch player app on the iPhone. Here is the statement that we gave to them....

We're disappointed that Apple decided not to allow a Scratch player on the iPhone or iPad (as part of Apple's policy against apps that interpret or execute code). As we see it, there is nothing more important than empowering the next generation of kids to design, create, and express themselves with new media technologies. That's the idea behind Scratch. Kids around the world are using Scratch to program their own interactive stories, games, animations, and simulations with Scratch -- and sharing their creations with one another online. In the process, kids learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Since the launch of Scratch in 2007, kids have shared nearly 1 million projects on the Scratch website (http://scratch.mit.edu). We hope that Apple will reconsider its policies so that more kids can experience the joys of creating and sharing with Scratch. (By the way, the Scratch player for the iPhone was created by a third party, not by our group at the MIT Media Lab. But our group is planning to make Scratch authoring tools for the iPad in the future, and we hope Apple will allow us....)

14 comments :

iwannt said...

Why Apple? Why not to use anything else? Sorry, but Apple sucks for many reasons. And this is yet another example. Today we have Android, Win7 tablets and so on.

Telugu Movie News said...

I love iPhone and i want Apple to reconsider the scratch on the iPhone.

xota said...

It's a pity that for the moment we can't show Scratch on the iPhone. But it's great news to hear you are working on an iPad version. I'm impressed how some people create exceptional things on the iPhone, but for mere mortals the screen size of iPad is more appropriate for working with Scratch.

Commentator said...

Apple values education so it should value Scratch.

Apple will rethink in time. In the meantime, don't let up on them.

Scratch is a good fun product so it is a loss to the iPad and iPhone not to have them.

The 'apps' written in Scratch are written for fun - these are not commercial products, so they are not a threat to Apple's bottom line.

Maybe Apple has good reasons for its thinking about interpretative code - but that not need apply to Scratch.

ajaxlex said...

Please bring Scratch to the Android platform!!! Google has done a really great job with the Android and its framework - why not support that?

sunyata said...

So i realize now that Google has something ready to go beta that's not as academic IMO or kid friendly as Scratch, but "inspired" by the same ideas.

App Inventor

Still hope there is room for Scratch though on their platform.

regalo original said...

Strongly agree Google has done an excellent job with Android, and I've been reading around the jump Android is going to be much higher

George King said...

Gods delays are not Gods denials... as mentioned in other comments, perhaps Apple will rethink and support Scratch in the future.

robinp said...

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO APPLE!!!!!
I hate apple!!!
Android is thousand times better!!!!

I actually found a programming language on the apple app store!!!!

It was a programming language to program the lego mindstorms nxt!!!!

pergoladesign said...

Scratch would be a great addition to Android and if iphone don´t want it then why not...

c0ach said...

I'm an Android user for this reason...Apple just wants to run the treehouse their way and to not let anyone in they don't like.

Perhaps there can be an HTML5 version of Scratch? I don't know how hard it would be, but I think in the long term it will be the easiest way to go cross platform.

chenyiqin said...

That's the idea behind Scratch. Kids around the world are using Scratch to program their own interactive stories, games, animations, and simulations with Scratch -- and sharing their creations with one another online. In the process, kids learn to think creatively?

efc said...

Any update on the iPad version? I hope Apple does let some of these great coding ideas make it to the pad, I recently saw Codify (soon to be Codea) and that renewed my hope for Scratch.

Eugeni Catalán said...

As Apple don't allow to use Scratch Player and until they reconsider their decission.
I have developed a Reference Guide of Scratch 1.4 for iPhone its name is ScratchRef.
And it is at the AppStore right now. Try it and comment.
It is in English, Spanish and Catalan.
http://itunes.com/apps/scratchref

Thanks to all Scratch Team and all the Scratchers
Cheers
Eugeni Catalán from Scratchcatala.com

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