The Free-from-Designing-for-Others Edition Monday, August 15, 2022

Why An Apple Employee Created A Company To Help Him Lose Weight, by Michael Grothaus, Fast Company

But creating a product solely for myself ended up being an advantage. I didn’t get into the trap of trying to answer the unanswerable question “What will sell to others?” This freed me from second-guessing every design and user interface choice of both the hardware and software and allowed me to simplify the product. And SITU is extremely simple: launch the iPad app, put food on the scale, see its nutrition content. Getting to the first working SITU prototype cost over $50,000 and at the end of the day, if it had caught on with no one and all I had to show for my work in creating SITU was one $50,000 kitchen scale I would have been content because it allowed me to lose weight again.

I believe it’s because I was free from the constrains of designing SITU for others—and didn’t even care if I made money from it—that the first prototype turned out as well as it did, which, ironically, made it appeal to a large amount of people.

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Apple Finds Its Next Big Business: Showing Ads On Your iPhone, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

The effort to add search ads to Apple Maps has already been explored internally. Such a feature would probably work similarly to search ads in the App Store. For instance, a Japanese restaurant could pay money to rank at the top of local listings when users searched for “sushi.” If you’ve used Yelp, you already get the idea.

Apple Is Now Running Ads In Stocks And News—even For Subscribers, by Michael Simon, Macworld

Apple has recently begun running display ads in its News and Stocks apps, and it doesn’t matter if you subscribe to News+ or not. You’ll still see ads In the News app’s Today tab and Stocks’ news feed even if they have the “Subscriber Edition” label. Apple is using its own advertising platform to deliver the ads, which are obvious but not terribly intrusive and marked with a small “Ad” in the lower right corner. We received ads for Motley Fool and Brilliant Earth jewelry while writing this article.


These Free Delayed-gratification Apps Are Like A Mini-digital Detox, by Doug Aamoth, Fast Company

These apps will most surely not pester you with constant notifications. In fact, you’ll need to exercise patience in order to truly enjoy them.

So, slow down, take a deep breath, and remember that good things come to those who wait.

Zoom Updates Mac App With Important Security Fix, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

The vulnerability was revealed by Mac security researcher Patrick Wardle at the hacking conference DEF CON in Las Vegas on Friday.


Best Of The iPhone Photography Awards 2022 – In Pictures, by The Guardian

The awards have been celebrating the creativity of iPhone users since 2007. We take a look at a selection of the winners of the 15th annual competition

Why Overthinkers Struggle With Remote Work, by Bryan Lufkin, BBC

Anyone can suffer under the isolation of remote work – even for the least social people, spending workdays with only a webcam or messaging platform to contact people they once saw all the time can eventually take a toll. But this isolation can be particularly hard on one type of worker: the ‘overthinker’. These are individuals who tend to over-analyse events around and pertaining to them, and need reassurance that everything is OK.

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I don't care about ads in Apple's App Store, because I have almost never use the app to browse and search for stuff anymore. All my discovery of new and noteworthy apps are from my RSS feeds and third-party websites. (Most of which, well, do have ads.)

Gone are the days when I will regularly launch the App Store app just to see what's new and what's recommended by Apple.

I think it will be better if the App Store doesn't have ads. This is probably obviously true. However, I am not sure how much better it can get, with sneaky SEOs and everything-is-a-subscription already infecting the ecosystem. Even without ads, good apps can't really stand out anymore inside the App Store.


Thanks for reading.