Mac App Store: The Subtle Exodus


My ultimate fear is that the complacent state of the Mac App Store would lead to the slow erosion of the Mac indie community. The MAS is the best place to get your software, it comes bundled with your OS, it’s very convenient but when all the issues compound, developers will vote with their feet and continue the slow exodus.

Interesting piece.

Update: It was only a few days ago when Rich Siegel announced BBEdit is leaving the Mac App Store.

Royals are World Series bound

The Royals beat the Orioles to go to their first World Series since 1985 and their third overall since the franchise’s 1969 launch.

Apple Event, Today

Jason Snell:

So don’t forget there’s an Apple event on Thursday, October 16 at 10 a.m. Pacific. That’s 1 p.m. Eastern. I’ll be there, and will be liveblogging (sort of) via the new @sixcolorsevent Twitter account.

We can expect new iPads—which may have been accidentally leaked by Apple yesterday—Yosemite, and new iMacs. (By the way, Jason Snell does an amazing job with Six Colors; instant favorite since day 1.)

The Verge has a great how-to-watch plan:

Starting time: San Francisco: 10AM / New York: 1PM / London: 6PM / Berlin 7PM / Moscow: 9PM / Beijing: 1AM (Oct. 17th) / Tokyo: 2AM (Oct. 17th) / Sydney 3AM (Oct. 17th).

Live blog: Tune in to The Verge live blog for up-to-the-second updates, commentary, and pictures directly from Cupertino.

Live streaming: Apple’s live stream is available via a dedicated channel on the Apple TV set-top box or the Safari browser on OS X (10.6.8 and above) and iOS devices (iOS 6 and above).

Live tweeting: Follow @Verge on Twitter for the latest headlines and specs as they emerge.

Post-event analysis: The Verge Live provides instant recap and analysis of all the news, brought to you by Chris Ziegler and Ross Miller.

iPhone Encryption and the Return of the Crypto Wars

Bruce Schneier:

During the crypto wars of the 1990s, FBI Director Louis Freeh and others would repeatedly use the example of mobster John Gotti to illustrate why the ability to tap telephones was so vital. But the Gotti evidence was collected using a room bug, not a telephone tap. And those same scary criminal tropes were trotted out then, too. Back then we called them the Four Horsemen of the Infocalypse: pedophiles, kidnappers, drug dealers, and terrorists. Nothing has changed.

Pedophiles, kidnappers, drug dealers, and terrorists are law enforcement’s last resort; good thing Apple isn’t backing off on this one.

Update: Relevant article from Keybase’s blog, “The Horror of a ‘Secure Golden Key’“.

5 Things To Know About Apple’s Stock Split

There’s also a very good piece by MacRumors:

Apple has said that it wanted to make its stock “more accessible” to a wider variety of customers, but Apple could also be aiming for inclusion in the Dow Jones Industrial Average index. The Dow is price-weighted, meaning Apple’s previous stock price of nearly $700 would have resulted in an significant reweighting of the index and a $92 would put it in the right price range for inclusion.

“Can’t Innovate Any More, My Ass” Part II: A WWDC ’14 Postlude

Let’s rename WWDC to “Apple Super Bowl.” The company that never left is on the top of its game and ran an amazing play yesterday. Apple, fearless, full of bravado and confidence, went on to showcase a series of one of the better product and developer announcements in its history. It was a truly historic WWDC keynote. Fully packed with announcements and for the first time Tim Cook didn’t break-down the traditional sales and stores bit. Straight to what matters.

Apple yesterday went ballistic. Among others, it announced:

  • Mac OS X Yosemite
  • iOS 8
  • A new programming language called Swift
  • Continuuity
  • Touch ID to third-party apps
  • HomeKit APIs
  • HealthKit APIs
  • iMessages improvements
  • App Store improvements (App Bundles)
  • iOS 8 apps can “talk to each other”
  • Siri improvements (and Shazam integration)
  • New Photos app
  • Family Share for iOS 8
  • QuickType
  • AirDrop between OS X and iOS
  • iCloud Drive

New features obviously don’t stop here. There are tons of other stuff that Apple didn’t share during the keynote that will get shipped with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.

But that all pales in comparison to the undercurrent for all these changes: Apple has a newfound confidence in itself. It’s at the top of its game, and it knows it.

Craig Hockenberry nailed it. Much like Craig Federighi did. Apple went “full Apple” yesterday and thermonuclear on everyone else. Groundbreaking software (Yosemite and Continuuity, especially) which paves the way for amazing new hardware later this year. This tight-knit integration and complete control of exceptional hardware and software, which we saw yesterday, is exactly what puts Apple in a massively better position than any other company. Apple isn’t skating where the puck is going to be—it creates a whole new level of the game altogether. These announcements will allow Apple to go beyond its current lead against its competitors1 and obsolete them altogether.

Apple needs an iWatch sooner rather than later, or the company will risk losing its innovative edge to rivals, analysts say.

“They only have 60 days left to either come up with something or they will disappear,” said Trip Chowdhry, managing director at Global Equities Research. “It will take years for Apple’s $130 billion in cash to vanish, but it will become an irrelevant company … it will become a zombie, if they don’t come up with an iWatch.”

John Gruber linked to this CNBC piece on March 20, 2014. Wolfram Alpha says it’s been 75 days since March 20. Shouldn’t we be worried? Apple analysts are the lost brothers of the Rapture apologists. They always predict Apple’s doomsday only for it to not happen. What a surprise. Who’s the “Haunted Empire” now?

There was no iWatch, no Apple TV, no MacBook updates—no new hardware at all. And, if in fact, Apple was turned over to an ace team of pundits, analysts, and journalists to run, it would be bankrupt by the spring of next year. No one who really understands Apple expected an iWatch to be announced yesterday. Or perhaps ever.

Apple reassured us of its ethos and product credo yesterday and that we can still believe in the Cupertino Way. “We don’t make concepts; we make products.” The burn was subtle. “We’re engineers and artists. Craftsmen and inventors. We sign our work. […] And it means everything.” What happened yesterday was majestic and a preamble for the future.

Apple is doing what Steve wanted: not remaining static in the wake of his death. That’s the way forward.

  1. Which competitors Apple carefully ignored making yesterday’s announcements even more impressive. Much like saying “Guys, I know you really dislike me, but I don’t really care at all. I really don’t. I have so much great stuff going I literally don’t have time to waste on you. Take your plastic phones and kthxb.” 

Jan Dawson’s Wish List for WWDC

From the top of my head: smoother transition animations—they’re still often slow even on the newest iPads—and other iOS 7 minutiae improvements1; worldwide iTunes Radio expansion; better iMessages sync between iOS and OS X; Apple TV App Store; notifications sync via iCloud.

I’m not bearish on Apple but I agree with Casy Neistat:

I take it so personally. As far as companies go, who do we have left to believe in?

UPDATE: Here’s John Gruber’s WWDC Prelude. Thorough and spot-on.

  1. For instance, better contacts and iMessages integration. 

Apple buys Beats Electronics for $3bn


“It’s all about music,” Mr Cook told the FT at an interview in the company’s Cupertino headquarters, adding that Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine, the music producer, and Dr Dre, the hip-hop legend, were “kindred spirits”. Mr Iovine and Dr Dre will join Apple as part of the deal.

“We’ve known them a long time,” Mr Cook said. “We’ve gone from dating to going steady . . . now we’re getting married.”

The deal is made up of $2.6bn in cash and about $400m in Apple stock, which will vest over time, and is expected to be completed by the end of September 2014, pending regulatory approval.


Mr. Iovine, a longtime friend of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, said the two men’s titles would simply be “Jimmy and Dre.”

Tim Cook to employees:

The Beats Music team will report to Eddy. The teams will be getting to know each other better in the weeks ahead, and we are very excited about the possibilities for the future.

Memories of Steve

Let me be up front saying that I did not know Steve well, but I had the opportunity to be around him on occasion. Mostly during design reviews of applications for which I was responsible. There were certainly other meetings, but I never visited his home and very rarely spent time with him unless others were part of the conversation.

And I was certainly not some kind of confidant. In fact, he probably always thought of me as the “Safari Guy.” Which is fine by me since there were worse ways for Steve Jobs to think of you.

Of course, Steve could recall my real name, too. Anyone at Apple or Pixar — both large organizations — will tell you that Steve knowing your name was an honor. But also occasionally a terrifying responsibility. That was the bargain.

This kind of personal stories always make for an interesting read.

NFL Milestone: Double Digit Days Until Football

Only 99 days until the greatest sport known to the human species returns with Packers at Seahawks for a new season of raw unbridled anger, physical aggression, and incredible strategy. Thursday, September 4.

The perfect blend of brains, brawn and stupid luck.

Joining Expa

I spent much of the last year tinkering, reading and learning as much as I could from others. In all these explorations and sketches, one desire stood out: I want to create things that are good for the web. I want to leave the internet in a better place than I found it.

Naveen Selvadurai—foursquare’s co-founder—wrote about his new professional plans and this quote stood out.