Episode 444: Say You Like The Peanut Butter

Manton and Daniel talk about the rumors of newly designed Macs coming next year, and compare notes on our regrets or satisfaction with having purchased Intel-based MacBook Pros recently. They also talk about Apple’s PR blitz in the aftermath of announcing 15% App Store commissions for “small businesses.”

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November 25, 2020 at 11:07 pm.

Episode 443: A Reboot of Macs

Daniel and Manton talk about Apple’s newly-announced Small Business program, promising to halve the amount of commission Apple takes from App Store sales. They celebrate the instant raise this will give to many developers, but question whether it alters the overall proposition for folks who have a choice of whether to sell inside or outside the App Store. Finally, they talk about the newly-released M1-based Macs and how they appear to be a resounding success.

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  • Trust Me on This – James Thomson’s advice on Twitter not to do the math on your history of 30% App Store commissions.
  • Fixing the App Store – Manton’s post from earlier this year about what he thinks Apple needs to do.
  • About that 85 Percent – Jacob Eiting’s blog post about how the 15% deal for subscriptions doesn’t pan out.
  • $999,999 – Daniel quips about trying to keep his earnings under $1M.
  • Free Fortnite: Australia – Epic launches a new attack against Apple in Australia.
  • Check with Manton – Nick Ager posts on Twitter, suggesting an unlikely solution for MacBook Pro fan noise.

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November 22, 2020 at 7:35 pm.

Episode 442: A Huge Thing

Manton and Daniel talk about Apple’s announcement of three new Macs, all based on a new ARM-based Apple chip called the M1.

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November 13, 2020 at 8:15 pm.

Episode 441: I Need Shorter Days

Daniel checks in with Manton, who is making an effort to take some time off from working so hard. They veer into a discussion weighing the merits of fixing little nitpicky bugs vs. adding meaningful features. They discuss the debate sparked by Sketch about native desktop apps vs. web apps, and Daniel concedes some of the advantages of web development.

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  • MarsEdit 4.4.4 – Now with less flicker!
  • Micro.blog for Mac – Manton’s desktop client for Micro.blog.
  • Sketch – Popular Mac-only design software.
  • Figma – A web-based design suite that competes with Sketch.
  • Can’t Catch Me – Daniel’s decade old blog post about the advantages of native software.
  • Cocotron – Christopher Lloyd’s cross-platform implementation of the Cocoa frameworks.
  • SwiftUI – Apple’s next-generate UI framework.
  • AppKit Abusers – A Slack community dedicated to Mac development.
  • Nova – Panic’s native Mac code editing app.
  • SubEthaEdit – An early example of collaborative editing app, now open source.

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October 31, 2020 at 3:48 pm.

Episode 440: It Was The Wrong Decision

Manton and Daniel check in about whether either of them will be ordering an iPhone 12. They riff a bit about the value of not getting stuck in their own ways, and trying new things. Finally, they dream of an App Store with features that allow downgrades and other user-centric controls.

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  • iPod Nano – Daniel’s former favorite music player for running.
  • Nova – Panic’s rebranded version of Coda.
  • Basecamp – A web app that supports older versions of the service simultaneously.

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October 24, 2020 at 3:47 pm.

Episode 439: Everybody Gather ‘Round

Daniel and Manton react to the latest pre-recorded Apple “event”, and remark on the difficulty of making them feel authentic. They react to the latest announced iPhones and HomePod mini, and whether they have any purchase plans.

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  • Apple October Event – Promotional video for the new iPhone 12 and HomePod Mini.
  • What Little Soul – Dan Counsell reflects on the lack of humanity in the recent pre-recorded Apple events.
  • Busy Week – Manton’s post about missing the Apple Event.

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October 16, 2020 at 3:06 am.

Episode 438: Funny Story

Manton and Daniel talk about a turn of events that Daniel has been waiting 20 years for, as he crosses fingers that it will actually pan out, and Manton gives a surprising update on the subject of his interest in Android development.

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October 9, 2020 at 6:25 pm.

Episode 437: It Does Not Work That Way

Daniel and Manton run down the giant list of new features in Micro.blog and reflect on their utility.

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  • What’s New – Manton’s blog post enumerating the new features in Micro.blog 2.0.

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October 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm.

Episode 436: It’s Safe To Join The Club

Manton and Daniel react to the anti-Apple Coalition for App Fairness, and its questionable citation of a quotation from Daniel’s Twitter account. They talk about the potential merit of this coalition in increasing pressure on Apple to make changes to the App Store, and the likelihood it will serve as a haven for smaller developers who are impacted by Apple’s policies.

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  • Coalition for App Fairness – New organization backed by several app developers.
  • Epic Games – One of the founding companies of the coalition.
  • Spotify – Another founding company who has ongoing grievances with Apple.
  • Basecamp – Another founding company who had a spat with Apple earlier this year.

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September 25, 2020 at 6:57 am.

Extra Intuition 11: A Mess of Cables

Manton and Daniel talk about their respective projects wiring their homes for ethernet.

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September 22, 2020 at 12:49 pm.