Episode 174: A Split In The Road

Daniel and Manton revisit Apple Watch pricing, delve into whether Apple should even be entering the luxury product market, and chat about whether electric cars are the next mainstream product Apple will “disrupt.”

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  • Apple Watch – Apple’s highly anticipated wearable computer.
  • Gold Is Over $1K/oz – Matt Drance’s tweet about the market value of gold.
  • Watch/Band Compatibility Chart – Louis Mantia compiles the straps and models that come with them by default.
  • Apple’s Electric Car Team – 9to5mac’s story enumerating the many car-industry hires Apple has made.
  • ATP 105 – John, Casey, and Marco discuss the Apple Car rumors, like us, before the most recent news had broken.
  • $250K Bonuses – Elon Musk claims in a Bloomberg story that Apple is paying dearly to poach his employees.
  • Crazy Apple Car Rumors – Daniel blogs about the Apple car becoming a grudgingly accepted possibility.
  • Bag Bugs – In case you wondered how crazy the “luxury” market is.

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February 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm.

Episode 173: The Non-Edition Edition

Manton and Daniel get wrapped up in Apple car rumors, speculate poorly about the price of Apple’s gold “Edition” watch, and come to essentially agree they will each be buying the sport (cheap) version on day one.

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  • Nissan Leaf – An electric car that Manton likes.
  • Taking CarPlay for a Spin – Jason Snell reviews CarPlay.
  • Fantastic Apple Car – Jean-Louis Gassée does his best to discredit Apple car rumors.
  • Tesla – Elon Musk’s innovative electric car company.
  • Small Giants – Book about companies that focus on remaining small and great.
  • OmniFocus – Task-management software from Omni.
  • Apple Watch Model Split – John Gruber speculates about the likely split in sales numbers across model.
  • U-Boat Watch – Here’s a crazy $11K watch you could buy today.
  • Jawbone up – Fitness tracker that may yield space to Apple watch on many wrists.

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February 20, 2015 at 11:14 am.

Episode 172: Cheerleading For Swift

Daniel and Manton enjoy more App Store approval comedy, consider the speed of approval after initial rejection, the suitability of Swift to new programmers, and Manton’s forthcoming blog publishing platform.

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  • Tim Cook at Goldman Sachs – Remarks by Tim Cook Goldman Sachs’s Technology and Internet conference.
  • This is Tim – Serenity Caldwell’s transcription of Tim Cook’s remarks.
  • NSHipster – Popular educational Cocoa blog started by Mattt Thompson and carried on by Nate Cook and others.
  • Blogo – Blog editing app for OS X from nice folks in Brazil.
  • Desk – Blog editing app for OS X from a nice guy in Atlanta.
  • Typed – Crowdfunded blog publishing platform from friends at Realmac.
  • What’s Manton Building? – A blog publishing platform of his own, apparently!
  • WordPress.com – Commercial hosting company for the popular WordPress platform.
  • Medium – A blogging site for people who hate owning domain names.
  • Squarespace – A blogging site for people who hate 3rd party apps.
  • Jack Dorsey – Co-founder of Twitter and sometimes extreme serial tweeter.

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February 15, 2015 at 5:30 am.

Episode 171: Not Quite The Right Protest

Daniel and Manton touch again on the subject of killing off apps, assess the effectiveness of protest movements against the App Store, catch up on the state of the art for appealing App Store rejections, and acknowledge the coming end of NSConference.

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February 5, 2015 at 8:08 am.

Episode 170: Basically A Bug Fix Update

Daniel and Manton chat about the risks of reviving an old app, pros and cons of sending users to Safari for authentication, and the tactful promotion of one’s own products to the press and social media.

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  • iMore – Mac and iOS focused blog from Mobile Nations.
  • Macworld – The once-mighty, somewhat-diminished Mac journalism powerhouse.
  • Six Colors – The Apple technology blog from Jason Snell and friends.
  • MacStories – Federico Viticci’s weblog for all things Apple.
  • Daring Fireball – John Gruber writes about things John Gruber likes to write about.
  • Traction – One of the business books Manton inexplicably reads on airplanes.
  • 43 Folders – Merlin Mann’s productivity blog before he moved on to more productive work.
  • MacBreak Weekly – Long-running Mac and iOS netcast from Leo Laporte and crew.

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January 30, 2015 at 8:37 am.

Episode 169: Shame Driven Development

Daniel and Manton continue discussing financial sustainability of the App Stores, weigh the advantages of going for top ranking vs. multiple “long tail” products, and catch up with each other on recent project work.

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January 22, 2015 at 8:16 am.

Episode 168: Motorola 68K Forever

Manton and Daniel get back into the swing of work after the New Year, discuss Marco Arment’s “Functional High Ground,” dig into the general challenge of balancing stability with feature growth, and gripe about the missed opportunities of Apple’s App Stores.

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January 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm.

Episode 167: That Little Tinge Of Uncertainty

Daniel and Manton talk about Daniel’s first open-source Swift code, whether Daniel will give up the Git vs. Mercurial fight, and answer listener Q&A about whether and when to adopt Swift.

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  • Blockpass – Daniel’s GitHub-hosted Swift-inclusive project.
  • Mercurial – A fine version control system that not enough people appreciate.
  • Tower – OS X client app for managing Git repositories.
  • Gitbox – Another OS X client app for Git.

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December 22, 2014 at 6:33 am.

Episode 166: I Should Be Making A Mac App

Manton and Daniel talk about the Hour of Code campaign, reflect upon talking to kids about code, and answer listener questions about selling directly to customers on the web, and managing source code for multiple platform and OS targets.

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  • Hour of Code – Global campaign to encourage non-coders to take a swing at coding.
  • Code.org – Organizers of Hour of Code.
  • iTunes Hour of Code – Feature from Apple listing apps, books, and podcasts pertinent to coding.
  • First Coding President – Wired claims Obama became the first President of the United States to write a computer program.
  • National Novel Writing Month – Organization for encouraging budding authors.
  • Aquatic Prime – Cryptographic license code software, originally by Lucas Newman.
  • Kagi – Venerable payment processing company.
  • Stripe – Modern, developer-friendly payment processing company.
  • FastSpring – Payment processing plus hosting infrastructure in one product.
  • PotionStore – Andy Kim’s Ruby-based web software sales package.

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December 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm.

Episode 165: Unflappable Xcode Bravado

Daniel and Manton talk about growing complexity of Apple’s various Xcode project targets, Daniel’s fledgling iOS share extension, Manton’s winding-down Twitter apps, and the ironies of Twitter’s great developer support for platforms other than Twitter.

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December 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm.