Daring Fireball: “Apple’s Q4 2007 financial statement is just chock full of good news. Profits are up, revenue is up, iPod sales are up, iPhone sales are strong. But the big news is the Mac.”
Fraser Speirs: “Possibly the worst business decision we could make as Mac developers is to devalue iPhone applications to the same level as Dashboard widgets.”
This is an important discussion—thanks to Fraser for starting it.
Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS: “While there was no consensus in the existing Mac developer community as to whether Apple would ever fully open up the iPhone platform for third-party applications—a view reinforced by Apple's early reluctance to make any commitment—Jobs stated quite clearly at the D: All Things Digital conference in May 2007 that Apple would open the iPhone up.”
Apple - Hot News: “Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February.”
Macworld: “Apple includes a media browser in many of its applications, allowing users to browse through photos, songs and movies. iMedia Browser gives users this functionality in any application, according to [Karelia Software].”
RSS Advisory Board: “This profile contains a set of recommendations for Really Simple Syndication, a web syndication format documented in RSS 2.0 (revision 2.0.10).”
(Some of you may recall that I was on the RSS Advisory Board—but that was years ago, and I didn’t work on this document.)
Theocacao: “The newest version of THCanvasView adds some obvious features, such as draggable selection rects and basic item arranging. There are now better options for coloring and the generated image previews get frames and drop shadows.”
atomicbird: “Five years ago today Atomic Bird made its public debut. At the time I had never run a business and didn’t know what to expect. I distinctly recall hoping that maybe I’d manage to bring in a few bucks here and there, but having little basis for making realistic projections. It soon became enough to live off of, and it’s still going.”
Jacqui Cheng, ars technica: “Our spider senses are tingling: Leopard’s final release as Gold Master is drawing near. We’ve already seen the OS X 10.5 (Leopard) Gold Master release candidate floating around in the wild today (*cough*), and our sources confirm that a GM candidate build has been released internally at Apple.”
Steven Frank: “When nobody was looking, I added some extremely basic AppleScript and plugin support to Coda 1.0.4.”
I haven’t had the chance to use Coda for a real project yet—but I’m planning to use it to update NetNewsWire’s Help book for the next release.
Theocacao: “Mimicking the Finder icon view isn’t entirely easy. Drawing the icons is one thing, but handling drag and drop, repositioning, adjusting the scroll view when the content changes—it all takes some work. To ease the burden, I’d like to share THCanvasView with you.”
Red Sweater Blog: “So today I found it especially appropriate to ask myself ‘What Would Panic Do,’ when I discovered that MarsEdit’s icon has been misappropriated and included in a Linux distribution called PCLinuxOS.”
Does this mean no native development for iPhone? It doesn’t necessarily mean that. But it does show how Apple is serious about folks creating web apps for iPhone.
Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS: “The bits and pieces I've heard are maddeningly non-specific: I don’t know, for instance, whether a full software developer’s kit (SDK) will be released; what tier of Apple Developer Connection (ADC) program member you need to be (if any); and how much of the innards would be unleashed.”
Normally I wouldn’t think much about a piece like this—but it’s by Glenn Fleishman and it’s published in TidBITS, so I am thinking that something might be happening.
Daring Fireball, The ‘Un’ in ‘Unsupported’: “I think I finally understand a certain misguided mindset that I’ve been baffled by for a decade. This mindset is exemplified by the sort of person who thinks that Apple ‘screwed them over’ with the release of the iPhone 1.1.1 update.”
Adam Engst, TidBITS, Confessions of a Twitter Convert: “I’m eating a hearty meal of crow (roasted, with garlic and rosemary) today, since I’m here to tell you how interesting and downright useful I’ve found Twitter to be since being turned onto it properly at the C4 conference in August.”
Michael McCracken: “Once you get a piece of code to the point where you believe it works—it’s passing its tests—go back over it and edit it.”
David Chartier, ars technica: “Once again, the iPhone Dev Team—a group of hackers not to be confused with Apple’s engineers—has snuck into the iPhone to poke around in places that Apple would prefer them not to.”
Seattle P-I: “Microsoft just e-mailed a news release confirming that Bungie Studios, maker of the big Halo video-game franchise, will become independent.”
Macworld: Editors’ Notes: “For 2007, we’re doubling the number of reader awards to four. And we’re introducing some new categories which, ideally, will give more developers a shot at earning some accolades.”
(We’re living in the golden age of Mac software. The list above could be much, much longer—there are so many worthy apps, and it seems like more all the time.)
gamearchitect.net: “You never get to the point where you have to hammer in a nail and discover that the nail will take an estimated six months of research and development, with a high level of uncertainty.” (Via Tim Bray.)
CARS: “While other book series by other ‘authors’ attempt to ‘inform’ you about ‘features’ and ‘ways’ you can use software or hardware ‘products,’ the Take Control of the Missing Manual for Dummies books will encourage you to let your id run amok through a vast technological landscape formed by people who actually do something for a living instead of living in their parents’ basement like you do.”
Ars Technica: Wii Transfer 2.5 brings bookmark sharing, easy movie conversion to the Mac: “If you want to share media from your Mac to a Wii, Riverfold Software’s Wii Transfer utility is just about the only way to roll. This simple utility offers a streamlined UI for sharing movies, music, and pictures.”
rentzsch.com: “I wrote a category for NSWindow called -liveFrame. It wraps a Carbon API that reports the window’s current rectangle, like, all! the! time!”
Daring Fireball: “That the 1.1.1 upgrade both breaks SIM-unlocking and third-party applications comes down to same underlying reason: the closing of known techniques of accessing the iPhone file system.”
bynkii.com: “First, in what universe did he think that Apple would, considering the deal with AT&T, not ruthlessly undo unlocking procedures, or at the very least, invalidate that device?”
Greg Reinacker (NewsGator founder) on the iTunes Wi-fi Music Store: “They completely nailed the interface. It works, it’s fast, and it’s fun.”
Apple: “This document introduces you to the iPhone environment and how it shapes the user experience of iPhone content. Then, it explains how to design a superlative user interface for your web content so it displays and works well on iPhone.”