Mike Becky

Tag Archive for ‘Developer’

Apple Considering Dropping Requirement for iPhone Web Browsers to Use WebKit ➝

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors:

As part of a larger story about Apple’s plans to allow third-party app stores on the iPhone and iPad in EU countries, _Bloomberg_’s Mark Gurman claimed that Apple is also considering removing its requirement for iPhone and iPad web browsers to use WebKit, the open source browser engine that powers Safari.

Gurman said this potential change comes in response to the EU’s Digital Markets Act. It’s unclear if Apple would drop the requirement in other regions.

This would be an excellent change.

(Via Michael Tsai.)

➝ Source: macrumors.com

Indie App Catalog ➝

Dave Verwer:

What would an App Store look like if it focused on apps by independent developers? Filip Nemecek shows us! What a great idea. Of course, this would be better as an app itself, but the guidelines would get in the way of that plan, but a web version is better than nothing!

Wouldn’t it be cool if Apple allowed sideloading on iOS and a group of indie app developers came together to create an invite-only app store consisting exclusively of apps from those developers?

(Via Michael Tsai.)

➝ Source: indiecatalog.app

Rogue Amoeba’s Fission Exits the Mac App Store ➝

How can anyone watch so many developers leave and/or completely ignore the Mac App Store and continue to think that the iOS App Store is actually good for the platform?

I can see an argument early on, when the platform was young, there weren’t as many options in each app category and the overall success of the platform was unknown. But today, it’s holding iOS back.

➝ Source: weblog.rogueamoeba.com

Developers Get EC2 Alternative With Vultr Cloud Compute and Bare Metal ➝

Amrit Singh, writing on Backblaze’s weblog:

With the Backblaze + Vultr combination, developers now have the ability to connect data stored in Backblaze B2 with virtualized cloud compute and bare metal resources in Vultr—providing a compelling alternative to Amazon S3 and EC2. Each Vultr compute instance includes a fixed amount of bandwidth, meaning that developers can easily transfer data between Vultr’s 17 global locations and Backblaze with no egress fees or other data transfer costs.

The web would be a much better place if less companies used Amazon for their backend.

➝ Source: backblaze.com

Push Nope-Ifications ➝

Ged Maheux, writing on Iconfactory’s weblog:

Today we’re rolling out an update for Twitterrific on iOS and macOS that addresses upcoming changes with how apps interact with Twitter. Unfortunately, these changes hinder the ability of third-party apps like Twitterrific to do push notifications and live-stream events. […]

We sincerely wish Twitter would have offered third party developers a better way forward for our customers. Apps like Twitterrific helped build Twitter’s brand and expand its user base. We even contributed to its lexicon and feature sets (Tweet tweet!) Twitter’s priorities over the last several years, however, have shifted away from end users and toward brands and big companies. We have no choice but to adapt as best we can.

How many of Twitter’s most active users will leave when they’re eventually forced to use the service’s first-party client?

Designing Better Notifications ➝

Ben Brooks, writing on Martian Craft’s weblog:

For most of the modern smartphone era, notifications have either had two states: on or off. But that’s not how we actually operate as individuals. We opt for ‘on’ because we’d rather not miss things, but end up missing the signal in all that noise. Instead, as developers and designers, we should be looking at methods for crafting our notifications to be respectful of individuals’ lives, while delivering the most impact when our apps do send a notification. We need to stop pulling people out of the moment because a marketer decided now was the most optimal time to push a notification.

The piece includes some great suggestion from Ben on how developers can improve their application’s notification handling. I especially like the idea of expiring notifications — something I had no idea was already built into iOS.

A Lot Can Happen in a Decade ➝

Craig Hockenberry, regarding the ten year anniversary of the original iPhone SDK:

After recovering from all the great news, developers everywhere started thinking about shipping. We didn’t know exactly how long we would have, but we knew we had to hustle.

In the end, we had about four months to get our apps ready. Thanks to what The Iconfactory learned during the Jailbreak era, we had a head start understanding design and development issues. But we still worked our butts off to build the first iPhone’s Twitter app.

What an exciting time that was. I just wish I would have had the foresight to spend some time learning about app development instead of simply writing about the platform.

Today’s Forecast ➝

My buddy, Matt Birchler, launched his first iOS application yesterday. A thoughtfully designed, lightweight weather app built on the Dark Sky API. I’ve been beta testing Today’s Forecast for about two weeks and it earned a slot on my first home screen within the first few days. It launches quickly and displays all the information I need in a concise, easy to read layout. And it certainly helps that it features such a handsome icon.