The Have-Functionality-When-Downloaded Edition Friday, June 19, 2020

Interview: Apple’s Schiller Says Position On Hey App Is Unchanged And No Rules Changes Are Imminent, by Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch

I asked Schiller if this meant Apple felt entitled to a portion of the revenue of every business that had an app, regardless of whether that business was an iOS-first.

“I get why there’s a question here,” he says. “But that’s not what we’re doing.”

Schiller says that there are a number of decisions about how to charge customers that Basecamp could have made to make the app acceptable under current rules. He lists several, including charging different prices in the app and on the web, offering a free version with additional functions.


One way that Hey could have gone, Schiller says, is to offer a free or paid version of the app with basic email reading features on the App Store then separately offered an upgraded email service that worked with the Hey app on iOS on its own website. Schiller gives one more example: an RSS app that reads any feed, but also reads an upgraded feed that could be charged for on a separate site. In both cases, the apps would have functionality when downloaded on the store.

Coming Soon?

iOS 14 To Include Overhauled Podcasts App With ‘For You’, Bonus Content, More, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

If you’re already an Apple Music subscriber, you’re probably familiar with the “For You” tab, which suggests new songs, artists, and playlists based on what you’ve been listening to. With iOS 14, a similar feature will be available within Apple’s Podcasts app, according to people familiar with the matter.

That means the Podcasts app will learn about your personal preferences to suggest new podcasts available on the platform, making it more customized for each user. A new user profile should let you follow your friends on Apple Podcasts to see what they’re listening to.

Apple’s Secretive AR And VR Headset Plans Altered By Internal Differences, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

N301 was initially designed to be an ultra-powerful system, with graphics and processing speeds previously unheard of for a wearable product. The processing capabilities were so advanced—and produced so much heat—that the technology couldn’t be crammed into a sleek headset. Instead, Rockwell’s team planned to sell a stationary hub, which in prototype form resembled a small Mac, that would connect to the headset with a wireless signal. In Rockwell’s early version, the headset would also be able to operate in a less-powerful independent mode.

Ive balked at the prospect of selling a headset that would require a separate, stationary device for full functionality. He encouraged Rockwell and his team to redevelop N301 around the less powerful technology that could be embedded entirely in the device.


Apple Incorporates tvOS Events App Into Apple TV App Ahead Of WWDC, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Ahead of Monday’s WWDC Event, Apple has folded the “Apple Events” app on tvOS into the Apple TV app, which is where the WWDC keynote will be able to be watched.

Pixelmator Photo 1.3 For iPad Brings Batch Editing Shortcuts, by Stephen Robles, AppleInsider

A new update to Pixelmator Photo for the iPad makes it quick to perform edits on multiple images, and to copy adjustments between them all.

Siri Shortcuts And Rich Commands Come To Castro Podcast Player For iPhone And Apple Watch, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Castro Podcast Player for iPhone and Apple Watch now offers support for a variety of Siri commands to play shows, play a certain genre, or even the news. You can also use Siri to control playback controls including Chapter skipping and Trim Silence.

Going further, this update brings Siri Shortcuts functionality so you can cook up your own or use some of the premade options.

Algoriddim’s Djay App Adds New Pro AI Feature To Separate, Play, And Remix Multiple Tracks In Real-time, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The major new feature with djay Pro AI is what’s called “Neural Mix” that lets DJs “isolate, play, and remix singular elements from multiple tracks in real-time.”


New Apple Developer Forums Launch Ahead Of WWDC, by Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider

As promised, Apple has launched the updated developer forums just in time for WWDC with a new design language, easier navigation, and wider permissions for more users to browse the content.


Microsoft Says Antitrust Regulators Need To Review App Stores, by Dina Bass, Bloomberg

Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith said it’s time for antitrust regulators in the U.S. and Europe to discuss tactics that app stores use to take advantage of those who want to distribute their software.

Bottom of the Page

An app that advertises itself as an email app, but doesn't do email unless one finds the super-duper-secret sign-up page somewhere on the internet and pays some money first? No, that's not a good user experience.

But then, whose fault is that?


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