Episode 242: Manton’s Out

Manton reacts to negatively to the Swift 3 decision to disallows subclassing by default, while Daniel tries to see the bright side. The two discuss Twitter’s new invitation to apply for @verified status, and Daniel’s attempt to do so. And they quickly touch base on the upcoming Apple-sponsored reality show, “Planet of the Apps.”

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Links:

  • Not Subclassable by Default – Michael Tsai’s round-up of links and commentary about the Swift 3 decision.
  • I’m Out – Manton’s quip about the Swift 3 decision, playing on a Shark Tank reference.
  • Time Will Tell – Casey Liss suggests that Manton (and Daniel, and others) are clinging to the past.
  • Only 2 fixes – One of Manton’s very early (2009) pessimistic posts on the App Store.
  • Twitter Verification – Public-facing application for the coveted blue checkmark.
  • Aren’t Good Enough – Federico Viticci shares disappointment about his @verified status denial.
  • Planet of the Apps – Home page for the Apple-funded reality series about app development.
  • Mama Needs that Pokémon – Episode of Accidental Tech Podcast covering Planet of the Apps.
July 21, 2016 at 2:18 pm.

Episode 241: Outlasting Everybody Else

Manton and Daniel talk about Pokémon Go and the apparent salvation of Nintendo, appreciate the value of longevity in a brand, and discuss Manton’s soft announcement of Snippets.today. They chat about the challenges of smoothing over first-launch or first-introduction problems with new products and services, and give props to Matt Mullenweg as an empowered defender of the open web.

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July 14, 2016 at 1:38 pm.

Episode 240: Very Simple Basic Rewards

Manton’s home from camping, Daniel’s still in Oxford. They talk about the merits of taking a break from coding, catch up on Manton’s Kickstarter project status, and consider the value of genuineness in marketing. They continue to compare notes on the latest beta releases, and respectfully disagree about Apple’s decision to limit Siri integration with intents.

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Links:

  • Balmorhea State Park – Where Manton went camping. Beautiful spring-fed pool built by the CCC.
  • Alpine – Small college down in the mountains of west Texas with everything you need as an indie developer: nice coffee shop, bookstores, Mexican restaurants, and a brewery.
  • Kickstarter – Crowd-funding site on which Manton’s upcoming project will be promoted.
  • SiriKit – Documentation from Apple about the new Siri API.
July 7, 2016 at 10:49 am.

Episode 239: A Little Bit Of A Pipe Dream

Daniel skips off to England, while Manton tends to a server meltdown. The pair talk of Manton putting the iOS 10 beta on his iPad, and Daniel laments the eternal lack of ability to install multiple OS on one device. Finally, they discuss the rumored iPhone “7” and the purported removal of its headphone jack.

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Links:

  • Jackless iPhone – Images from a rumor site purporting to show iPhone “7” cases with no headphone jack.
  • Maxell Headphones – Daniel’s favorite $4 running headphones.
  • Macbook “One” – Apple’s famously uni-port Macbook.
  • RCA Connector – The well-known, presumably once-proprietary, A/V plug format.
June 29, 2016 at 7:46 am.

Episode 238: Everything’s Changing At Once

Daniel and Manton recap the hijinx of recording in hotels during WWDC, compare notes on experiences with Apple’s beta software releases, and talk about strategies for using Xcode 7 and 8 in parallel. They also talk more about Manton’s coworking space, and the perennial attraction of full-time employment to Daniel.

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June 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm.

Episode 237: WWDC 2016

Manton and Daniel react to the 2016 WWDC keynote. The first part of the recording was lost because of a technical glitch: celebrating Apple Watch performance improvements, and taking in changes to support tabbed windows on macOS. But we talked more about iMessage and Siri extensibility, Continuity improvements, Apple Pay for the web, Apple’s keynote diversity, and more.

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June 14, 2016 at 2:53 pm.

Episode 236: It’s Not A Fluke

App Store improvements, paid ads, subscriptions, app review times, home office and coworking setups, final impressions and game plan for WWDC week socializing and time planning.

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Links:

  • What’s New in Subscriptions – Official update from Apple about upcoming changes to App Store subscriptions.
  • Introducing Search Ads – Information from Apple about App Store search ads.
  • Paid App Store Search – Daniel’s blog post from a month ago dismissing the idea of App Store ads.
  • All App Stores – Confirmation from John Gruber that the new features apply to Mac, iOS and tvOS.
  • I Know Apple – Dan Counsell speculates that Apple announced early to avoid bad PR.
  • Section 11.15 – Pertinent section of App Store review guidelines to subscription pricing.
  • WeWork Austin – Manton’s coworking space.
  • Ditmas Workspace – The coworking space Daniel used in Brooklyn.
  • Manton’s Office – All neatened up for photographing, photo set from 2005-2008.
  • Layers – Design-oriented conference in SF the same week as WWDC.
  • AltConf – Free developer conference in SF the same week as WWDC.
  • WWDCParties – Web site dedicated to cataloging various social activities around WWDC.
  • Parties for WWDC – Separate iPhone app for parties at WWDC, with feature to track which events you’re going to.
  • sfMacIndie.com – Long-standing developer party to kick off the week at WWDC.
  • You Are Not Alone – Daniel’s tweet about the risk of anxiety and loneliness at WWDC.
June 9, 2016 at 2:35 pm.

Episode 235: Pretty Great For The Mac

Manton and Daniel continue to prepare for WWDC, discuss adventures in nullability annotation, and the impedance mismatch between Swift and Obj-C. They share hopes and dreams for Xcode improvements, watchOS performance, and that this will be a big year for Mac.

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Links:

  • Swift on GitHub – What’s coming in Swift this year? Take a look.
  • LLVM – Apple’s existing open source project for clang, LLVM, and related technologies.
  • Make the Watch Fast – Manton’s post in which he hopes for a major performance overhaul.
  • App Review times – Review times still fast, but Manton’s 2 days was … typical.
  • Top Paid Hidden Apps – Story from MacRumors describing a change to how top lists are presented on tvOS.
June 3, 2016 at 11:05 am.

Episode 234: Make Swift Great Again

Daniel and Manton talk about the question of Swift’s dependence on Objective-C’s dynamism, how it should or will evolve, and their differences in philosophy about Swift and Objective-C. They also take stock of release discipline and managing customer disappointment with an app’s progress. Finally, they talk about the importance and difficulty of winding down old products.

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  • Fabric, Twitter’s mobile SDK: Leverage the power of Crashlytics, Twitter and MoPub to help you build the best mobile apps.

Links:

  • Six Months of Swift – Soroush Khanlou’s reappraisal of Swift.
  • Swift Evolution Proposals – The nearly 100 proposals that have made the cut for serious evaluation.
  • Erica Sadun – One of Swift’s most adept progress followers condenses the news on her blog.
  • On Dynamism – Paul Kim steps into the debate over whether Swift should better accommodate dynamic programming paradigms.
  • The Omni Group – Long-time Objective-C oriented company that is embracing Swift.
  • Swift and Sharp Knives – Manton link’s to David Heinemeier Hansson’s defense of Ruby’s dynamic features.
  • FogBugz – The bug and feature-tracking system Daniel uses.
  • Twitter Changes – News of changes to character counting and more.
May 27, 2016 at 12:08 pm.

Episode 233: Actually I Am A Little Worried

Manton and Daniel react to Google’s I/O keynote, and weigh the threat of Allo to iMessage. They celebrate Apple’s WWDC promotion of 3rd party events, and the increasing speed of App Store reviews. Finally, they reflect on the announced delay in Swift 3’s planned ABI stability, and Daniel’s sudden FUD about embracing Swift.

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  • Google Home – Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo.
  • Allo & Duo – Google’s answer to iMessage and Facetime, and myriad other such services.
  • Google Hangouts – One of many other Google chat services.
  • Open Voice Assistant – Manton’s post about desires for a standard in voice assistance.
  • Erica Sadun – One of the earlier and persistent adopters of Swift, who also blogs a lot about evolution.
  • Chris Lattner’s Email – Chris announces major changes to the ambitions for Swift 3.
  • Swift 3 Stability – Erica Sadun reacts to Chris Lattner’s email.
  • Inessential – Brent Simmons’s blog has been exploring value of Objective C dynamism.
May 20, 2016 at 5:16 pm.