John’s Mac Pro Woes

From ATP episode 393, this entire chapter is wonderfully entertaining. I love tech support stories, and the “process of elimination” we all follow when trying to figure out what is causing a ghost-in-the-machine type problem. Disconnect one thing Disconnect another … Disconnect everything and hope that solves it …Nuke and Pave John Siracusa has not […]

Quality Journalism and The App Store Cut

From 9To5Mac: A letter signed by a trade group that represents top newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and the Washington Post says that Apple’s rules prevent them from investing in quality journalism. Among other changes, the letter asks for Apple’s cut of in-app purchases to be reduced to 15%. Currently, Apple charges […]

The Case of the Top Secret iPod

From Tidbits: It was a gray day in late 2005. I was sitting at my desk, writing code for the next year’s iPod. Without knocking, the director of iPod Software—my boss’s boss—abruptly entered and closed the door behind him. He cut to the chase. “I have a special assignment for you. Your boss doesn’t know […]

iOS Consoles?

John Gruber at Daring Fireball: “Consoles” are a business model and user experience design choice, and the iPhone and iPad are effectively app consoles, where games are just one type of app. This is a bad take. My iPhone is the computer I use each and every day, for multiple hours per day. Many other people […]

Apple’s New Study

From 9to5Mac: A new study today from Analysis Group, supported by Apple, aims to defend the 30% cut Apple takes from App Store transactions. According to the research, Apple’s App Store commission rate is similar to those of other app stores and digital content marketplaces. When you have to pay for your own study to […]

The App Store Doesn’t Make Apps Safe

From Michael Tsai’s blog, a great collection of why the Apple App Store doesn’t make users safer. It’s a tollgate, an expensive one, which provides not much in the way of security. Heck, even a manager from Uber is quoted in there! I built out and headed up App Store optimization for all of Uber’s […]

Hand Motions

In response to Apple announcing in the WWDC keynote that hand-washing could now be tracked via the Apple Watch in iOS 14, this was the funniest comment of all WWDC: WHAT OTHER HAND MOTIONS ARE THEY TRACKING — Craig Hockenberry (@chockenberry) June 22, 2020

Gui Rambo vs. Apple

Thankfully, this was resolved today with Apple restoring Gui’s access. Back in August, Apple locked me out of my developer account, preventing me from updating my apps on the App Store. They didn’t provide any explanation or reason, and since then I’ve reached out to them many times, without success. — Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) November […]