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Confidence

We witnessed something amazing yesterday: a WWDC keynote that will be remembered for a long time. And not for the reason you might expect. As developers, it’s easy to focus on the fantastic software that was announced: a UI refresh that’s getting a thumbs up from designers and developers alike, great new user-facing features in […]

It’s the Production Line, Stupid

“Apple Absolutely Has To Make An iPhone With A Bigger Screen” (Warning: Business Insider link) While that may be true, take a look at what happened at the end of last year: 47.8 Million iPhones Sold. That’s a shitload of iPhones. But how many is a shitload? 47.8M iPhones / 90 days = 530K per […]

AMBER Alert Usability

If you live in the State of California, you got an AMBER Alert last night just before 11 PM. If you have an iOS device, you saw something like this on your lock screen: Or like this in Notification Center: And if you’re like most people, you had no idea what it meant. Considering it’s […]

Been There, Done That

We’re all thinking a lot different today. Designers and developers alike are coming to terms with Apple’s latest iteration of iOS. As I tweeted just before the announcement, there is only one way to describe it: shock |SHäk| noun • a sudden upsetting or surprising event or experience. Those of us who’ve been around awhile had […]

A Retina Web

A tweet this morning by James Duncan Davidson got me thinking about the future of Retina images on the web. Before I start talking about the future, let’s take a quick look at the past. There was a time, not too long ago, where many of us were trapped behind 56kbps modems with 256 color […]

Behind The App: Twitterrific 5

I’ve always loved shows that take you behind the scenes of creative efforts: Project Runway and Classic Albums being two of my favorites. Here’s one about the development of Twitterrific 5. Since a lot of the people reading this aren’t developers, I’m going to keep the jargon to a minimum. You’ll be able to enjoy […]

The First Apple Channel

Dear Tech Media, While you’re looking for meaning in the shadows of an Apple press invite, you’re missing something important: Apple is producing content for its own distribution channel. For the month of September, Apple is letting customers view live shows through a combination of apps, the web, and Apple TV. It’s the fourth year […]

Responding to App Store Reviews

When developers talk about wanting to respond to reviews, many of them haven’t thought through the social implications of what that means. Matt Gemmell has. As Marco Arment points out, replying publicly also leaves iTunes (more) open for abuse by unscrupulous or uninformed developers. One idea I’ve had is giving developers the ability to add […]

The Rise and Fall of the Independent Developer

I’m old enough to remember a time before the Internet. I know what it’s like to develop software both with and without a worldwide network. Little has changed with the process of software development since the 1980′s. Of course there have been improvements in our tools and techniques, but the basic act of creating software […]

Great writing, terrible reading

Apple has recently released Xcode 4—a major part of this release is an overhaul of the user interface. Change in your development environment is always a bit disruptive, but overall I think the move towards a single-window environment that adapts to different working modes is a good thing. But this post is not to debate […]