Monday, September 3, 2018

The Missed Opportunity of Shelf Apps on iOS

Gabe Weatherhead:

Apps like Gladys also help with a terrible implementation of Apple’s clipboard sharing. All too often, when I copy anything to the iOS clipboard, the content is gone before I get to an app to paste it. That’s because Apple’s clipboard sharing through HandOff somehow erases it. Instead, I drag items to Gladys and then drag them to the destination app. Because I’m not relying on the Clipboard, I have more control and a better experience.

Apple never made a clipboard manager for macOS. I have no hope they will make one for iOS. But, because the AppStore is heavily focused on games and mainstream apps, utilities like Gladys have little hope of reaching sustainability. With affiliate linking removed from the AppStore, I’m guessing this will only get more dire.

Via John Gordon:

Perfect win-win fit for subscription pricing. Stop the hating on subscriptions.

Update (2018-09-04): Pata Ling:

Not sure if John Gordon read beyond Gabe Weatherhead’s headline before posting his snarky blog because the example of a discontinued shelf app in the article, Workshelf, used supscription pricing.

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