The Milestones-and-Testimonials Edition Friday, July 6, 2018

The App Store Turns 10, by Apple

When Apple introduced the App Store on July 10, 2008 with 500 apps, it ignited a cultural, social and economic phenomenon that changed how people work, play, meet, travel and so much more. Over the past decade, the App Store has created a safe place for users of all ages to get the very best apps and a vibrant app economy for developers of all sizes, from all over the world, to thrive. Today, customers in 155 countries are visiting the App Store more often, staying longer and downloading and using more apps than ever before.

While there have been many notable moments since apps first came to iPhone and later iPad, the milestones and testimonials below reflect some of the most significant over the past 10 years — defining how the App Store democratized software distribution and transformed how we live every day.

15 Years Ago, I Went Indie And Didn’t Know It. – Building Ulysses, by Max Seelemann, Medium

Ulysses has been with me all that time. No matter where I was, no matter what I was doing, I kept coming back to this project. What started as a hobby in my free time somehow turned into a proper company of 12 people.

When thinking back, what strikes me the most is how I never planned to become who I am now. I’d attribute most of my path to a privileged childhood, coincidence, timing, dedication, perseverance and a portion of luck. In hindsight, one could think that I carefully planned the consecutive steps towards a goal. But I never had that big a vision for what I wanted to become, where I wanted to go, what I wanted to do “later in life”. Instead, lazy as I am, life just played out step by step.


Apple's Latest 'Shot On iPhone' Short Films Capture The Essence Of Soccer, by AppleInsider

Apple on Thursday published a trio of "Shot on iPhone" short films that take an intimate look at the beautiful game, which for many transcends boundaries to act as a force of identity, meditation and inspiration.

Compare Before/After Edits In Photos, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

The before/after comparison in Photos on the Mac works much the same way as it did in iPhoto. Double-click a photo in Photos and then click the Edit button in the upper-right corner (or press Return) to edit it. Make a change by clicking the Enhance button, tweaking sliders in the Adjust panels, or applying a filter. Then, while you’re still in edit mode, press the M key to see the original image. It sticks around only while the key is down; let go to see the edited image again. You can repeat the action as often as you want and even if you stop editing a photo and return to it later, but remember, it works only in edit mode.

Newton Launches Recap Feature To Remind You Of Email You Missed, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

If you get massive amounts of email, Recap might be a way to deal with staying on top of the important things.

CARROT Weather Adds Powerful New Weather Maps, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Weather maps were previously a nice-to-have feature of CARROT Weather, but now they're so much more valuable. Future radar especially is a feature I'm sure to get good use out of going forward.

Belkin’s New Lightning-enabled Power Bank Comes With Apple Certification, by Brain Heater, TechCrunch

Belkin’s new portable charger sports a Lightning port in between two standard USBs, so it can be charged up with the same cable you use for your iPhone/iPad.

Twitterrific Removes Push Notifications And Live-streaming Features Ahead Of Twitter API Change, by Peter Cao, 9to5Mac

Starting today, users will no longer be able to receive notifications from Twitterrific, the company said in a blog post. Their answer to this problem is to use the first-party Twitter client. Any users who purchased the Push Notifications Advanced Features on iOS will continue to receive notifications until Twitter deactivates the API, which will be around August 16.


Apple Opens iOS 12 Shortcuts App Testing To Developers Over TestFlight, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Apple is making its new Shortcuts app in iOS 12 available for developer testing ahead of release through TestFlight. Shortcuts is based on Apple’s acquisition of Workflow and be available in the App Store when iOS 12 is released later this fall.

iPhone App Subscription Fees Doubled In A Year, by Ed Hardy, Cult of Mac

Apple reported today that revenue from subscriptions is up 95 percent over last year.

There are now over 28,000 iOS applications that offer subscriptions. This includes productivity suites like Microsoft Office 365, streaming services like Netflix, dating apps like Tinder, and cloud-storage services like Dropbox.

Databases 101, by Thomas LaRock

A short time ago a colleague asked me where he could find a “Databases 101” guide for the non-technical professional. As it turns out, the internet is littered with information, and mis-information, regarding data and databases. This makes it difficult for someone entering the field of data and databases to understand the bigger picture. He wanted something to help make sense of data and databases, specifically relational versus NoSQL.

So, that’s what I decided to work on. This is the start of my Databases 101 guide for the non-database professional; something to help anyone understand why the word “database” is an overloaded term. We use the term “database” to describe a great many things. To show how far down the rabbit hole we have gone, all you need are three words: “Microsoft Access Database”.


Apple Music Just Surpassed Spotify’s U.S. Subscriber Count, by Paul Resnikoff, Digital Music News

Apple Music has more paying subscribers in the United States than Spotify, according to confidential details shared with Digital Music News this morning.

The source, a US-based, major distributor, shared a report detailing the subscriber tallies of several streaming music services, including Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and Sirius XM. That report now ranks Apple Music as first in the United States, at least among primarily on-demand music streaming services (Sirius XM Satellite Radio, which operates in North America exclusively, has more than 33 million subscribers).

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It has been 10 years since everyone finally figured out that the way to install an application is just to tap on a button, and the way to remove an application is just to tap on a different button.

No more DMG files and remembering to eject that virtual drive; no more ZIP files and dragging stuff all over the place; no more InstallShield. Please.


I am excited about Shortcuts. I haven't been this excited with a new iOS feature for quite a while. I hope app makers will be upgrading their apps to take advantage of workflows, and not just adding some gimmickry Siri commands.


Thanks for reading.