Episode 480: Comparably Greater Joy

Manton and Daniel react to Apple’s September 13 event, talking about the increasing satisfaction they have with their existing phones now that the products have matured in features and performance. Manton talks about the new Sunlit update with changes that were partly inspired by Glass, and Daniel commits to a new index card goal. Finally, Manton talks about migrating his Discourse server to a hosted solution, which leads to a discussion about the relative merits of paying for specialized hosting services.

Many thanks to our sponsor this week:

  • MacStadium: Leading provider of cloud solutions built on Apple Mac hardware.

Links:

  • Apple Event – Link to the September 13 event page.
  • iPhone 13 – Apple’s forthcoming line of new iPhones.
  • Apple Watch Series 7 – Promo page for the new Apple Watch.
  • iPad Mini – The iPad that Manton really wants but probably won’t trade up to.
  • Apple Trade In – Apple’s credit-for-device trade-in service.
  • Sunlit 3.4 – The latest version of Manton’s and Jon Hays’s photo-blogging app for Micro.blog.
  • Black Ink 2.1.8 – Daniel’s quick 1-hour update to his crossword-solving app for Mac.
  • Micro.blog Help Center – Micro.blog’s forums, now running on a hosted Discourse server.
  • Communiteq – The Discourse hosting service Manton is using.

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September 16, 2021 at 12:06 am.

Episode 479: This Is Living

Daniel and Manton look forward to Apple’s September 14 event, where the next major update to the iPhone is expected to be announced. They talk about their respective likelihood of upgrading and the extent to which iPhones hold their value for an increasingly long time. Daniel talks about his next priority for the “index card directive,” and Manton shares his strategy of using Basecamp’s Monday reminder emails to set high level goals for the week.

Many thanks to our sponsor this week:

Links:

  • Apple Event – Apple’s landing page for the September 14 livestream.
  • Basecamp – The business-planning software that Manton uses for Micro.blog.
  • Sunlit – The photo-blogging app Manton is working on an update to.
  • Stratechery – Ben Thompson’s newsletter + blog.

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September 10, 2021 at 4:05 pm.

Episode 478: I Think It’s Gonna Be A Mess

Daniel ships MarsEdit 4.5, and talks with Manton about the moderate success of aiming for a specific goal with “the index card directive.” Discussion of the various legal settlements and policy clarifications Apple has been sharing with respect to the App Store. Speculation about Apple’s strategy for controlling the user experience when allowing links to external subscription info. Manton talks briefly about his plan to incorporate Apple’s accommodation of an external link into Micro.blog.

Many thanks to our sponsor this week:

Links:

  • MarsEdit 4.5 – Daniel’s announcement of the long-in-progress update to his blogging app for the Mac.
  • Apple’s US Developer Settlement – PR from Apple detailing the terms of their settlement.
  • Without Major Concessions – Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman highlights the absence of dramatic change in the settlement.
  • Apple closes JFTC Investigation – PR from Apple describing a forthcoming feature that will afford developers the ability to link from within an app to outside account information.
  • Apple’s Big Change – September 2 episode of Dithering where Apple’s plans for the external linkage support are discussed.
  • South Korean Bill – CNBC story on the bill that would require Apple and Google to support 3rd party payments within apps.
  • Where Apple Went Wrong – Manton’s decade-old post assessing and predicting the perennial shortcomings of the App Store.

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September 4, 2021 at 3:18 am.