The Pushing-Forward Edition Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The iPadification Of macOS: What Does It Mean For Developers Of Productivity Software?, by Mike Schmitz, The Sweet Setup

So this year’s WWDC has shown us that 1) the Mac is still very important to Apple, and 2) because it’s important, macOS will change and evolve as Apple pushes it forward – and sometimes not in the way that long-time Mac users expect.

And while we still don’t know exactly what the Mac of tomorrow will look like, there are lots of signs from WWDC 2020 hinting that the future of the Mac could look more and more like an iPad:


'Punkt' App Simplifies The Process Of Keeping A Personal Journal On Your iPhone, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Instead of making you think about what you’re going to write, Punkt simplifies the process by asking you to describe your day in just one sentence. But writing is just one of the things Punkt lets you do to keep your daily memories.

Sim Genie Is A New Mac App That Helps Developers Manage Multiple iOS Simulators, by Guilherme Rambo, 9to5Mac

Sim Genie is a native app that sits in the menu bar and offers an incredible amount of shortcuts and functionality related to Simulator management, testing, and more.

AMD Releases Boot Camp Drivers For 16-Inch MacBook Pro With Radeon Pro 5600M Graphics, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

AMD has released Boot Camp drivers for the 16-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 5600M graphics, providing full compatibility with Windows 10.


Apple Cancels Some Arcade Games In Strategy Shift To Keep Subscribers, by Mark Gurman and Jason Schreier, Bloomberg

On calls in mid-April, an Apple Arcade creative producer told some developers that their upcoming games didn’t have the level of “engagement” Apple is seeking, the people said. Apple is increasingly interested in titles that will keep users hooked, so subscribers stay beyond the free trial of the service, according to the people. They asked not to be identified discussing private conversations.


Some developers who had contracts canceled by Apple were suddenly faced with financial woes, compounded by the pandemic, according to the people briefed on what happened. While Apple ended contracts, it still paid studios based on the development milestones they already hit. The company also told developers that it would work with them on future titles that meet the new requirements.

Apple Not Dominant In Any Market, Plenty Of Rivals, Senior Executive Says, by Foo Yun Chee, Reuters

iPhone maker Apple, the target of EU antitrust investigations into key segments of its business, on Tuesday rejected accusations of market dominance, saying it competes with Google, Samsung and other rivals.