Episode 562: AppKit Is Dying

Manton and Daniel talk about Apple’s new visionOS SDK, and debate the virtue of steering clear from “new shiny” technologies, vs. getting acquainted with them as soon as possible. How do we prioritize native platform development while maximizing the ability to deploy to all of Apple’s platforms? They talk about investing time into new platforms and frameworks when the investment will pay off, vs. when the work will be wasted on short-term workaround. When does it makes sense for a company to invest even a small amount of money in their competitors, like Automattic just did? Finally, they touch lightly on the possibility that Facebook will enter the ActivityPub realm, and the ridiculousness in general of NDAs.

Many thanks to our sponsor this week:

  • Zig When Others Zag – Manton’s quip about focusing more on customers with $5 than with $3500.
  • Inside Macintosh – Wikipedia article about the old documentation books for MacOS development.
  • Automattic – The company behind WordPress.com and other products.
  • Matt Mullenweg – Founder of WordPress and Automattic.
  • Tumblr – Short-form blogging site that Automattic acquired.
  • Drupal – An open source web publishing framework.
  • Automattic Donates €20,000 – WP Tavern article about Automattic’s donation to the Drupal Gutenberg initiative.
  • Gutenberg – Home page for the WordPress Gutenberg editor.
  • Fedi Admins Meeting – Mastodon post by Michał “rysiek” Woźniak about Facebook’s effort to meet with ActivityPub admins.
  • Google’s Evil NDA – 2007 blog post by a developer who also had to sign an NDA in order to interview at Google.
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June 24, 2023 at 7:07 pm.

Episode 561: Autocorrect Is Great

Daniel and Manton follow up on other news from WWDC. They consider Apple’s autocomplete advances, and question whether this kind of “AI” can fill the gap between Apple’s state-of-the-art and technologies like ChatGPT. They lament the lack of announcements about improvements to Siri, and wonder whether they should “tear it down and start over.” They talk about the new Swift Macros technology, and whether the utility of such a feature outweighs the added complexity. Finally, they gauge the overall success of this year’s WWDC.


  • The Talk Show Live – John Gruber interviews Craig Federighi, Mike Rockwell, John Ternus, and Greg Joswiak.
  • GitHub Copilot – AI-based coding assistant that does not integrate with Xcode.
  • ChatGPT – Do we really need a link to this? 😂
  • UTM – Free, open source virtual machine hosting app for Mac.
  • Sourcery – Long-time open source project providing macro-like code generation for Swift.
  • DayOne – Popular Mac and iOS journaling app.

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June 16, 2023 at 7:13 pm.

Episode 560: Something Wrong About This Product

WWDC 2023 recap, with an emphasize on the Apple Vision Pro. Manton’s road trip to Colorado instead of Cupertino. Daniel and Manton discuss whether Apple missed the AI bandwagon, and they try to predict the technical future of the headset.

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June 7, 2023 at 9:26 pm.