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Apple Privacy Changes

I was actually surprised at the changes Apple is making to stop tracking. It’s not enough to stop tracking on the web, and it’s not enough to stop tracking in iOS apps — which is happening probably way more than you think it is — so Apple did both. While I know that Apple takes privacy seriously in a way other large tech companies don’t, I still...

I Had Been Worried About the Mac

I spent the month or so before WWDC like you — suffering through a pandemic, outraged by violent racism, worried about democracy. Heartsick and appalled, mad and sad. Nothing has changed since WWDC, either. Except for one thing. A small thing in comparison, but important to me — I had been very worried that Apple would, as part of the ARM transition,...

Reporting in After More Than a Month at Audible

I’ve been reluctant to write about how my new job is going — I don’t want to look like the guy who drank the kool-aid, and I certainly don’t want to be the guy who couldn’t read the room during our new multi-crisis normal. But, maybe, some good news, even if for just one fortunate person, is okay to write about? I’m not even sure. But some of my...

Accessibility and the Dynamic Nature of Objective-C

Doug Russell, who used to work on accessibility at Apple, writes: some of the code that powers accessibility on apple platforms is just disgusting to look at and to work on. most of the code that makes apple software accessible lives in what’s called an accessibility bundle. without diving into the minutia of the thing, bundles are a way...

Work at Universe

When I was looking for a job, I talked with the folks at Universe a few times. I love what they’re doing — an iOS app that helps people make websites — and I really enjoyed talking with the team. Such a great bunch. The good news is: they’re still hiring. They have a bunch of jobs, even — iOS, Swift backend, database, product design, marketing, and...

Somewhat Live-ish and Around the Same Time as WWDC

You’ll recall that James Dempsey does a benefit concert every year: Live Near WWDC. Well, this year it’s not exactly live. But it’s still happening! You may see me in the video. Wearing a Panama hat and dark shirt. Playing guitar and/or keyboards. But watch it anyway. 🐥🎸

WWDC 2020 and NetNewsWire

I love seeing so much attention paid to the Mac this year! I’ve applied for a Developer Transition Kit for NetNewsWire. My thinking: since NetNewsWire is open source, other developers can, and do, look at the code to help them write Mac apps. The sooner we have NetNewsWire updated, the sooner it’s available as an example for other developers. Other...

The App Store Doesn’t Make Apps Safe

Another misconception about the App Store is that it makes apps secure and safe. It doesn’t. There are things that do make apps safe. No matter how an iOS app is distributed, it runs in a sandbox. An app requires permission from the user to do things like access the address book or microphone. This is just how iOS works: it has nothing to do with...

The iOS App Store Brings Users Only Because It’s the Only Choice

One might argue that developers should love the App Store because it brings the users. AppleInsider writes about the App Store, Hey app, and David Heinemeier Hansson: Like any other product or service, Hey has to persuade people that they have a problem it can solve, and that it’s worth paying for. You can’t persuade people of anything, though,...

I can’t reconcile in my mind the tension between Apple as the think different company, the pirates, the rebels, the company at the intersection of tech and liberal arts — and Apple the company that runs this legalistic, nitpicky, greedy, inhuman, happy-face Kafka App Store.

I can’t reconcile in my mind the tension between Apple as the think different company, the pirates, the rebels, the company at the intersection of tech and liberal arts — and Apple the company that runs this legalistic, nitpicky, greedy, inhuman, happy-face Kafka App Store.

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