Archive for October 1, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

Remote View Controllers in iOS 6

Ole Begemann (via Spencer MacDonald):

Remote view controllers are an exciting new feature for iOS. I sincerely hope that Apple will use this technology in iOS 7 to enhance data sharing and communication between third-party apps without compromising the iOS security model. We need it.

The CD, at 30

Joel Rose (via Khoi Vinh):

The CD was supposed to have the last word when it came to convenience and sound quality. And for a while, it did. The CD dominated record sales for more than two decades — from the late 1980s until just last year, when sales of digital tracks finally surpassed those of physical albums. It’s a cycle that has played out many times in the history of the music industry, with remarkable consistency.

Apps That Promote Other Apps (Will Be Rejected)

John Gruber:

This is a case where these service should be able to survive outside the App Store as mobile websites, but I simply don’t see what problem Apple is solving by keeping them out of the store.

It’s strange that after Apple acquired Chomp and redesigned the App Store app, it seems to be harder to use the app and harder to find new titles. Yet Apple doesn’t want third parties to help them solve the discoverability problem.

Update (2012-10-04): Federico Viticci:

I believe Apple’s main “issue” is with apps that look like an alternative App Store, containing links to App Store apps. By avoiding “similarity” and “confusion”, Apple wants to ensure users will rely on Apple’s App Store for search and discovery, not a third-party App Store lookalike. If you think about it, it makes sense for Apple to want people to use the App Store: more people means more data, more data should lead to better Genius and Search results over time. From this standpoint, I’d argue Apple wants users not to just open direct links in the App Store, but to use the App Store.


Jigish Patel:

Slate is a window management application similar to Divvy and SizeUp (except better and free!). Originally written to replace them due to some limitations in how each work, it attempts to overcome them by simply being extremely configurable. As a result, it may be a bit daunting to get configured, but once it is done, the benefit is huge.

I’m happy with Moom, but perhaps there’s some interesting code here if you want to learn how to use the Accessibility APIs.

iPad 1

Marco Arment:

It’s frustrating to have such a large purchase become obsolete so quickly. And this is even fast by iOS standards — after all, iOS 6 runs (with many features disabled) on the iPhone 3GS, which was released 9 months before the iPad 1.

He thinks support was dropped because the iPad 1 has a larger screen but only 256 MB of RAM. I’m surprised there hasn’t yet been an outcry when apps are updated and people are no longer able to re-download the versions that work on their old devices.

BBEdit 10.5 Public Beta

BBEdit 10.5 is a great update that so far includes: