96 links · 2010–2022

“These engineers wrote […] code across 220 screens […]. For reference, we have about […] 4x the number of screens on each native platform.”

“The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.”

“Such model puts focus on iterative development, facilitating flexibility and growth. It’s quite different from premium games, where most energy is spent on the initial release, possibly followed by as few as possible patches.

Running a game as a service influences priorities in some very practical terms.”

interview with James Thomson of PCalc: anecdotes from working at Apple and developing a calculator app for the most of the career

“Focus effects are the crux of what makes tvOS communal. Focus effects provide visual feedback not only to whomever is quarterbacking the remote, but also to any onlookers who are following along. They’re what separate this native TV experience from AirPlay-ing your iPad to the big screen.”

“If I estimate the number of iOS apps in the App Store, and get the difference between the estimate and the actual number, that difference will be larger than the number of successful apps.


If there’s a way out of despair, it’s in changing our expectations.

Write the apps you want to write in your free time and out of love for the platform and for those specific apps. Take risks. Make those apps interesting and different. Don’t play it safe. If you’re not expecting money, you have nothing to lose.”

“noir puzzle game, where you re-arrange panels of a comic book to change the outcome of the story”

16% ratio of monthly in-app purchases to monthly downloads, excluding the launch month (app is free, including core features, single IAP unlocks all “extra” features)

“a challenging puzzle game for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad”

“The night before I had promised Khan Academy an answer, I realized that a simple phone call seemed anticlimactic. So I stayed up all night to make this silly thing instead. I sent them an empty email the next morning with this code attached.”

programming language designed by Apple to replace Objective-C

“Instant Webcam encodes video in MPEG1 format and sends the frames over WebSockets to connected Browsers. The Browser then decodes the MPEG Stream in JavaScript and paints into a Canvas. It’s a huge hack, but one that turned out to work really well.”

Marco’s new app. For annotating screenshots.

“a conversational interview show focused on iPhone, iPad, Mac, gaming, and general development. It’s director’s commentary for your favorite apps.”

Their first guest is Loren Brichter.

iOS multiplayer-only word game from Loren Brichter. Entertaining for the first two days.

“a journal of the overlooked bits in Objective-C and Cocoa”

“Here […] lies the answer to how to tell whether some developer […] is serious about their craft in five seconds flat: borrow their device, and triple-click the home button.”

“A weekly news and discussion show about the world of iPhone, iPad, iOS, and mobile web development.”

Podcast hosted by Marco Arment and Dan Benjamin.

physics-based game for iOS, Android, Mac, Linux and Windows

“The iPad has always had […] a logical DPI of 132. […] The iPhone and iPod touch have always had […] a logical DPI of 163. […] If the iPad’s screen were scaled to 163 DPI, it would be 7.85” diagonally.”

Minimal todo list iPhone app “almost entirely controlled by gestures”. I use it every day. UI takes a few minutes to get used to, but after that it doesn’t get in the way much… Learning which swipe means “check” and which means “delete” took me about three days, though.

“Always consider the implicit capabilities of the unimpaired user, and take steps to even the playing field. That’s what accessibility means. Not special treatment, but tailored access to the same treatment.”

“I anticipated a weird and slightly arduous journey, especially when it came to using the keyboard. To my great surprise, I picked it up immediately. Within 30 seconds, I checked the weather. Next, I read some stock prices. Amazingly, it even renders stock charts, something the blind have never had access to.”

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Maciej Konieczny

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