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But that’s not the whole story. These are much bigger discounts via GiveBack than what GiveBack offered when the phones first launched.

So the discounts are indeed new, but they’re being offered through an existing channel.

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) December 7, 2018
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Between this and the reported push-notification spam from the Apple Store app, it’s starting to look a lot more like the “iPhone isn’t selling!” reports might actually have some merit this year. https://t.co/WbjqKMD7wl

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) December 7, 2018
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Anker’s USB-C stuff has burned me in the past and lost my trust for a while, and I have two of that Aukey one — it’s fine, but the Apple one is a slightly nicer size for bags and I trust it more. https://t.co/Y4BROEBZzl

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) December 5, 2018
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I am livid at @Tesla. They’ve screwed up my lease so badly that they currently owe me over $7,000 from basic mistakes that still haven’t been resolved after MONTHS.

The best cars in the world are sold by the worst-run car company for basic operations I’ve ever dealt with.

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) December 4, 2018
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8 days ago by mjtsai
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Apple Design: Raise the price by 25%, remove the setting entirely, and just force everyone to either use the one "right" value or stop eating toast entirely. https://t.co/R8ZBOe2ZM8

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) November 30, 2018
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12 days ago by mjtsai
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Very well. No more crazy business-model changes are on the horizon for Overcast — the podcast ads sell well, have no significant downsides, and actually benefit all three parties (users, advertisers, and Overcast). https://t.co/yWmAEHQYdL

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) November 27, 2018
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14 days ago by mjtsai
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Don’t worry, Overcast is not currently in any discussions for acquisition or investments, and I don’t foresee either happening anytime soon.

I don’t need anyone’s money, I don’t want any bosses, and a full-purchase price would be so large that few acquirers can and would pay it. https://t.co/dFTE2SKlDm

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) November 27, 2018
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14 days ago by mjtsai
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1. A whole bunch.

This is one of the only big downsides to using a 2018 iPad Pro right now. Tons of apps, both indie and big-company, are still surrounded by black bars.

For me, it’s Amazon, Unread, Nest, and just about EVERY game, many of which will probably never update. https://t.co/R740QiLnIf

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) November 24, 2018
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17 days ago by mjtsai
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Regarding “iPad isn’t a young platform”: https://t.co/yVxJBXQ5ru

Yes, it should be much more mature after 8 years. But it spent a lot of those years neglected. From its launch as iOS 3.2 until iOS 9, I’d say, it was barely moved forward at all except what iPhone updates brought.

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) November 20, 2018
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21 days ago by mjtsai
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You don’t want the AirPods and the iPhone to have two different charging methods. The iPhone charger, whatever it is, should charge the AirPods case.

My theory: iPhone is going USB-C next year, and the AirPods update is being held until then, which will also charge via USB-C. https://t.co/W4exRU9qdf

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) November 19, 2018
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21 days ago by mjtsai
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The more I use the iPad with the keyboard, the more I miss some of the Mac’s basic features:

- Adjustable key-repeat rate and delay
- Customizable keyboard shortcuts
- Media keys (I know, third-party keyboards can)
- Safari shortcuts like Command-tap to open a link in a new tab

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) November 19, 2018
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22 days ago by mjtsai
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“Flaws” that matter about the iPad Pro:

- The Face ID sensors are in a bad spot that your left hand often covers when holding in landscape

- The Keyboard Folio is a bit clumsy

- Everything’s more expensive than before

“Flaws” that don’t matter:

- It is possible to bend it

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) November 17, 2018
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24 days ago by mjtsai
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I see many parallels with all of the developers and power users who’ve bought 12” MacBooks, even though they’re underspecced, because they just feel really nice and have some practical advantages.

I see the Air as a better 12” MacBook, not a worse 13” MacBook Pro.

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) November 17, 2018
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It feels nicer, it runs cooler, it has better battery life, it costs less, and it weighs less.

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) November 17, 2018
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24 days ago by mjtsai
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Fixed my 2018 iPad Pro cellular failure by going to an AT&T store, getting new service with a physical SIM card, and canceling the old one.

From responses, it sounds like eSIM support is just broken for AT&T. I don’t know why Apple lets us set up plans with it on the new iPads.

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) November 15, 2018
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26 days ago by mjtsai
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Fast-charging any battery reduces its useful lifespan.

So does slow-charging, not-charging, usage, non-usage, or simply the passage of time.

Fast-charging wears out the battery faster than slow-charging does, but the difference is usually small and probably won’t affect you. https://t.co/Ll0ZEAAkBl

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) November 14, 2018
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27 days ago by mjtsai
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Scalability isn’t about “What’s the biggest server we can get?”

It’s about “What happens when we need more than one?”

There’s always a ceiling for single-server resources. It may be high, but it’s short-sighted to assume you’ll NEVER hit it. https://t.co/rQKkcwiBD3

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) November 13, 2018
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27 days ago by mjtsai
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That’s like saying “We’ll hire scaling.”

Scalability doesn’t work that way. It’s not just a hire, or a switch you can flip one day. It’s a mindset and a set of best practices that your developers need from day one. https://t.co/DLq2XYpIce

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) November 13, 2018
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27 days ago by mjtsai
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“We’ll probably have someone on staff to take care of this by the time it’s a problem” is a poor excuse that rarely works out as predicted.

In reality, when you’re growing like crazy, paying off technical debt (like ignoring DB scalability) is the LAST thing you have time to do. https://t.co/0a4mFW8Enw

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) November 13, 2018
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27 days ago by mjtsai
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Databases are the hardest, most bug-prone, and most expensive resources to scale for most services.

The last thing you want to do is put undue load on them or bake in assumptions that two tables will always be on the same database server.

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) November 13, 2018
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