The Done-Well Edition Saturday, June 20, 2020

Apple’s Got All The Pieces To Integrate Covid-tracking Into Its Health App, by David Lumb, TechRadar

There’s a lot of reasons governments would want a personal handle on running contact-tracing, but Apple at least has the tools to see it done well.

After Reopening, Apple Is Closing Stores In Four States As COVID-19 Numbers Climb, by Brian Heater, TechCrunch

Impacted locations include six stores in Arizona, two in Florida, another two in North Carolina and one in South Carolina.

“Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas. We take this step with an abundance of caution as we closely monitor the situation and we look forward to having our teams and customers back as soon as possible,” the company said in a statement to TechCrunch.

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Is It Finally Hammer Time For Apple And Its App Store?, by Kara Swisher, New York Times

And, referring to the now defunct browser that ran right into another tech giant’s cross hairs, Mr. Heinemeier Hansson sent a text to me later: “The wheels of legislative justice turn slow. It didn’t help Netscape any that Microsoft got some penalties years after its air supply had been cut off.”

It goes without saying that this is not how Apple sees itself, having spent years brandishing its image as the breaker and not maker of chains — see the famous 1984 Apple Macintosh commercial.

The question is whether anyone throwing a hammer at power these days can throw it hard enough to make a difference.

Hey CEO Responds To Apple, Says App Store Issue Is About Fundamental 'Lack Of Choice' That Hurts Customer Relationships, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Fried says that money is certainly a big part of all of this but that it’s really about “the absence of choice” and that “Apple forcibly inserts themselves between your company and your customer.”

Heading Into WWDC By Insulting Developers, Apple? Really?, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

So, just a few days before heading into WWDC, Apple chooses to effectively tell developers of free apps that they contribute nothing to Apple. That if Apple graciously chooses to let them into its App Store, they should appreciate that fact, and keep any complaints to themselves.

I guess the company at least won’t have to face the glares of unhappy developers this year.

Please Don't Wish For A 'Free' App Store, by Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider

The world doesn't need another rehash of the complaints from developers over Apple's App Store rules or the sometimes ostensibly arbitrary and capricious enforcement of those rules. But we do need to remember what a world without the App Store and all of Apple's various rules would look like. It's an ugly place.


‘Lockne’ Is A Camera App Designed To Help You Create Wallpapers That Fit The iPhone Screen, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

When you set a photo as a wallpaper in iOS, sometimes the system automatically applies alignment adjustments that make the photo not look as good as you expected. That’s why developer Jonathan Ruiz created Lockne, a different kind of camera app that lets users create and test iPhone wallpapers in real-time using the camera.


Apple Says iOS 13 Is Now Running On 81% Of All Devices, iPadOS Adoption Hits 73%, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

According to Apple’s website, 92% of iPhones introduced in the last four years are running iOS 13, while 7% are still running iOS 12 and only 2% are running previous versions of iOS.

Re: Making Wrong Code Look Wrong, by Maxwell Anselm, Floating Little Leaves of Code

I’m not claiming that new languages are inherently superior, obviously they can have their own shortcomings that lead them to fall out of favor. But at the very least new languages are coming up with practical solutions to serious software development challenges from the past. 15 years ago Joel Spolsky figured out how to articulate a general principle of software design, today we have compilers that understand how to enforce some of those principles.

New Apple Developer Forum, by Michael Tsai

Every incarnation has been slow and far less pleasant and useful than Stack Overflow, both because the site doesn’t work very well and because most questions remain unresolved. This new version is even less information dense than before and drops support for e-mail and RSS.


The iPhone Isn't The Cash Cow It Once Was. Apple Isn't Worried., by Christopher Mims, Dow Jones

Even at its enormous size, Apple has figured out how to continue to grow, by vertically integrating, tempting us with more devices, accessories and apps, and selling lots and lots of phones, albeit at a lower margin. But it can't do it alone: The golden goose depends on the cooperation of software and content partners, regulators -- and more than a billion loyal customers.