Remember when macOS was whimsical?
Remember when macOS was whimsical?
I think ceasing development of their AirPort routers was a huge mistake.
Imagine an alternate reality where the Time Capsule could be used to backup Mac and iOS devices locally. Imagine an AirPort Extreme that had a built-in DOCSIS 4.0 modem. Imagine the AirPort Express merging with the HomePod Mini — a small voice assistant speaker that also acts as a Wi-Fi base station with an audio-out jack for external speakers.
All of these devices, along with the Apple TV, offering mesh Wi-Fi technology and having the option to act as a stand-alone router. You could mix and match to add the functionality that you want and each additional unit improves Wi-Fi range and stability.
They could even add some fancy sensors for temperature and humidity in each of the products to help promote usage of HomeKit.
The campaign that this is parodying is over a decade old and these new ads are neither entertaining nor funny. I don’t care that they exist and don’t understand why anyone else does either.
How many of the developer relations issues that Apple has to deal with would be completely eliminated if you could just install iOS apps from outside the App Store?
They’ve leaned pretty heavily into the membership system with this release. If that works for them and their users, I’m glad. It’s not really my thing, though. If I was using Ghost, I think I’d be a little put-off by its prominence in the dashboard, since it can’t be removed at all.
And that kind-of gets to the heart of one of the reasons I like WordPress so much — it really only does what you want it to and can be hacked and customized to accomplish your goals. Sure there are a lot of people that have bad experiences with bloated installs, but if you’re deliberate with the plugins you add, it’s not too difficult to keep it from getting out of hand.
I’m a little envious of the overall design of Ghost’s interface, though. The WordPress dashboard has remained mostly unchanged for years. It’s one aspect of the system that I’d like to see given a bit more development effort. Maybe when Gutenberg gets a bit more mature and established as a feature.
As a bit of an aside, Matt Birchler published a great video that goes over the features in this release.
Michael Tsai, referencing Apple’s App Store guidelines on user generated content in relation to Parler’s recent app rejection:
If you go by Apple’s written guidelines, multiple apps were compliant, yet rejected anyway. If you go by Apple’s stated objections, none of the major apps are compliant, yet they’re in the store, anyway.
Regardless of your opinion about Parler, it’s clear that Apple’s policies are not enforced uniformly. And yes, I agree with the likely rebuttal — the App Store is a private platform, Apple makes the rules and can remove an app for any reason. But there’s a difference between what they can do and what they should do. Without any predictability to policy enforcement, developers are left in the dark. And the smaller developers are the ones hurt the most.
Unlike Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit, smaller developers are stuck building apps that are well within the lines of acceptability. Otherwise they risk their livelihood. They don’t have the option to build something that pushes the envelope because they aren’t afforded the same lax enforcement that the bigger companies receive.
Apple needs to get a handle on their policies. Refine their wording, train app reviewers well, and enforce the policies evenly.
But I would also advocate for opening the platform. Because no matter how hard Apple tries, the review process will never be perfect. Just let developers distribute their own apps. Add an option in settings to allow installation from outside the App Store, disable it by default, and display a strongly worded notice when it’s toggled. Whatever you have to do.
The developer community and the platform itself would greatly benefit from a bit more freedom.
I’ve just worked out why I like micro.blog so much. Despite it’s lack of “everyone” being here, it feels like old school Twitter.
I love that Micro.blog really leans in to open web technologies — Webmention, RSS, Micropub, Mastodon. And that’s what drew me back to the service earlier this year. But what kept me there was the old school Twitter-like feel.
Everyone on Micro.blog seems deeply interested in making the service successful. Not from a financial standpoint, but from a healthy and happy community standpoint. Micro.blog is filled with welcoming and kind individuals.
If you ask a question, you’ll almost always get an answer. And without any of the snide remarks that seem all too common on present-day Twitter. It doesn’t even really seems to matter how many people are even following you — you can’t tell anyway — the community is so strong that relatively new users are still able to strike up conversations and receive thoughtful responses from strangers about whatever topic is being discussed.
Micro.blog has all of the best aspects of old school Twitter’s community paired with open web technologies that empower its users to really own everything they publish and the resulting conversations.