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The LinkedIn app extends the bezel around the screen? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/oziRWjHnGY

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) September 28, 2019
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september 2019 by mjtsai
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The reason iOS devices generally get good battery life is yes partly because ARM is more efficient, but also it has a lot to do with how restricted processes are on iOS, how little RAM and other peripherals they have to power.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) July 9, 2019
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july 2019 by mjtsai
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People who assume that running a Mac laptop on ARM will magically give them all day battery life or something really should go back and read reviews of the Surface Go.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) July 9, 2019
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july 2019 by mjtsai
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I still don't get why they don't just make a laptop form factor iPad, having to maintain macOS over two different processor architectures for probably quite a long time just doesn't seem like a good use of resources.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) July 9, 2019
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july 2019 by mjtsai
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Jesus wept Apple has your web team never heard of smartphones? pic.twitter.com/JXUbbPattY

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 26, 2019
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june 2019 by mjtsai
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Whatever it is, they should put it (and the reload button) outside the address field. It doesn't make sense for it to visually be within it and it uses up space that could be the favicon.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 18, 2019
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june 2019 by mjtsai
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It’s just a shame they don’t make a box with an i9, at least 1x 16x PCIe for a GPU of your choice, upgradable RAM and storage. That would be the perfect system for 99% of pro users, power users and developers who don’t need workstation level components.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 9, 2019
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june 2019 by mjtsai
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Turns out I have strong opinions about iOS style switches. They're just bad UI. While you can technically drag the switch which is what the metaphor calls for, your finger basically hides it anyway so it's effectively a tap on/tap off.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 4, 2019
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june 2019 by mjtsai
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Of course on the PC side you can buy a workstation for dramatically less money to suit your budget. With Apple you’re either all in or you’re stuck with either a ‘throw away’ iMac Pro at the high end or pay through the nose for a weakly specced mini.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 3, 2019
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june 2019 by mjtsai
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What developers actually want to hear “3rd party watch faces”.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 3, 2019
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june 2019 by mjtsai
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Making iOS app rather than document centric made sense on the iPhone (albeit with some exceptions - photos being about the only one they acted on). But it makes very little sense on the iPad and I don’t get the iPad fanboys defending the current miserable status quo on this.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 31, 2019
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june 2019 by mjtsai
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When did basic document/item management become a comp-sci paradigm? Have you never seen a physical container and put things in it? Having documents stuck in weird little sandboxes you have to struggle to move them between is a weird comp-sci paradigm.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 31, 2019
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june 2019 by mjtsai
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Compare Pages, Keynote and Numbers between their iOS and Mac counterparts. Nearly everything requires additional taps and scrolls on iOS. I feel like I'm always waiting on UI animations to get to a feature I want. I've come to the conclusion that 'content first' UI is simply bad.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 31, 2019
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may 2019 by mjtsai
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Yes a few developers do this already (Culture Code’s Things for example), but it’s kind of a crap user experience and there’s no way to offer a discount to customers who might already own the iOS version for example (unless they allow cross platform bundles).

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 30, 2019
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may 2019 by mjtsai
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This is most Mac users nightmare about Marzipan I think, dumbed down apps that have no real thought put into their UI that are all about looking pretty with some album art in them and that’s about as deep as it goes.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 29, 2019
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may 2019 by mjtsai
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The idea that the App Store is a ‘safe and trusted’ place is also problematic. We know full well that scam apps get on to the store all the time, the veneer of ‘it’s safe because it’s Apple’ actually puts users at more risk than if they treated everything with suspicion.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 29, 2019
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may 2019 by mjtsai
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Many of the great features that helped define the Mac were adopted from 3rd party ‘hacks’ and utilities, both in the classic and early OS X days. It’s sad iOS is missing out on this and it’s clearly slowing the progression of the platform.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 20, 2019
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may 2019 by mjtsai
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iOS could be so amazing if it wasn’t designed so defensively to prevent 3rd party developers from doing anything that might erode Apple’s control of the platform.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 20, 2019
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may 2019 by mjtsai
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Jeez, share extensions are a bit of a dumpster fire. You have to search up the responder chain to find an instance of UIApplication to call openURL on to launch the host app? Fucking hell.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 20, 2019
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may 2019 by mjtsai
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I wish Apple would pick either strings or URLs to reference paths consistently throughout the iOS SDK. It’s infuriating to have some parts of the SDK use both, some only URLs and some only Strings.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 20, 2019
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may 2019 by mjtsai
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How is AppStore Connect *still* unusable on mobile in 2019!? pic.twitter.com/mnTvD7Eg46

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 12, 2019
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may 2019 by mjtsai
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Instead today it’s like 10 minutes into uploading “sorry we don’t like your version number format” or you didn’t check the right box somewhere in Xcode for something.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 12, 2019
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may 2019 by mjtsai
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Remember when you could just stick a zip file on your web server and tell people where to go to download it? I miss those days hard.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 12, 2019
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may 2019 by mjtsai
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Apple’s stance against making hardware user repairable seriously negates all their ambitions towards being a ‘green’ company. Recycling hardware for raw materials is hugely wasteful (in the rare instances it even happens) vs. extending useful life. https://t.co/4grOEQ4OO9

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 1, 2019
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may 2019 by mjtsai
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Honestly who at Apple thought grey text on orange was a good colour combination for the side buttons in the calculator widget? pic.twitter.com/M3v3iTphoP

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) April 12, 2019
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april 2019 by mjtsai
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Restoring files from Time Machine in the Finder is soooo cumbersome. Why the heck does it need my password to replace a file? I can trash something without needing a password, this is no more destructive?

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) April 8, 2019
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april 2019 by mjtsai
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You’re not the only person with this concern, pretty much all of mine and many others careers are built on Apple’s platforms and it terrifies me how core things like hardware and software are getting worse and worse while they keep shifting focus to services.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) April 4, 2019
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april 2019 by mjtsai
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It has, and I’m really worried this is the death knell for viable (high priced) Mac software, because bring over iOS apps and you bring over iOS pricing.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) March 5, 2019
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march 2019 by mjtsai
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Ideally you’d be able to charge users for each extra platform they wanted to use your app on. Buy on iPhone, have add-on options for iPad and Mac use. Buy on Mac have options for iPad and iPhone etc. Of course what they’ll actually do is nothing and say use subscriptions.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) March 4, 2019
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march 2019 by mjtsai
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Marco’s reasons are perfectly valid for him, but they really only apply to indie developers or people who get to make the call about the language used for projects, being a Swift refusenik is career suicide otherwise.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) February 24, 2019
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february 2019 by mjtsai
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Erm *puts hand up* actually those of us making Mac apps in Obj-C did come early to iOS with that advantage. Also try finding an iOS job anywhere that does’t require significant Swift experience. Indies have it easy from language choice perspective, very different if not your call

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) February 24, 2019
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february 2019 by mjtsai
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Super annoying that Search Ads basic bills you separately for every single purchase made. Credit card statement is full of <$1.00 charges.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) February 12, 2019
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february 2019 by mjtsai
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Ugh why can Siri still not set timers on the Mac?

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) January 28, 2019
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january 2019 by mjtsai
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*tries to do something simple with git in Xcode* UNKNOWN ERROR! *tries again* - sometime later - UNKNOWN ERROR! *sighs, goes to the command line and a few moments later problem resolved*. It’s 2019 now Apple, be great if basic shit worked in Xcode.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) January 21, 2019
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january 2019 by mjtsai
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As expected a completely useless answer from Apple vis my App Store rankings on search results. They instead told me they can’t do anything about my position in top grossing and ranking charts, which is not what I asked about 🙄

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) November 28, 2018
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november 2018 by mjtsai
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Ugh the interface in Photoshop CC is so laggy these days. You open a window and it flashes black before drawing its UI bit by bit. How do you make a supposedly native app load like a slow web page? Oh right it’s probably got a UI layer written in JavaScript doesn’t it…

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) November 26, 2018
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november 2018 by mjtsai
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Hate how XCode always tries to make me not indent cases in switch statements. It’s within a {} block, it should be indented damnit!

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) November 23, 2018
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november 2018 by mjtsai
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I wish Apple would dump WebObjects, it’s hard not to come to the conclusion the continuing flakiness and slowness of App Store Connect is a result of using this long obsolete tech.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) November 22, 2018
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november 2018 by mjtsai
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I appreciate Apple doesn’t owe any given app visibility, but there must be some logic to how things are ranked. Being free doesn’t seem to help, updating frequently doesn’t help, renaming only helps marginally, keyword changes seem to have no effect, ratings seem irrelevant etc.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) November 22, 2018
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november 2018 by mjtsai
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Probably futile, but wrote to Apple today to complain about my apps poor ranking in App Store searches since the iOS 11 changes. Want to know why I rank below unrated, unupdated apps on my main keywords and what I can do to improve visibility as nothing I try seems to work.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) November 22, 2018
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november 2018 by mjtsai
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It’s a weird argument from Steve, I mean we’d all have abandoned Apple long ago and there would have been no iOS if we’d gone with the logic that there was plenty WIndows could do that a Mac couldn’t, therefore Windows was the future.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) November 12, 2018
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november 2018 by mjtsai
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If big download figures aren’t going to translate into sales, or even ad revenue, then freemium is just pointless for me. Especially as it makes occasional big sales through the volume purchase programme impossible as that only works with paid apps.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) November 6, 2018
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november 2018 by mjtsai
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Didn't the mini debut at $499? Seems like a more reasonable price point for an i3 system.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) October 30, 2018
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october 2018 by mjtsai
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Retina is a big win, but forcing entry level customers (assuming there isn't a huge price hike) into dongle town isn't exactly a great introduction to the Mac.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) October 30, 2018
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october 2018 by mjtsai
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Ugh only USB-C, only one port while charging. Meh.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) October 30, 2018
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october 2018 by mjtsai
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Behold a USB-A port. Probably last one we see in the keynote today.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) October 30, 2018
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october 2018 by mjtsai
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So @adobe changed the behaviour of the shift key in PS CC 2019 when you’re scaling something, just to break with a years old convention used across *every* graphic design app. Oh except when that something is a smart object, then the old behaviour still applies. FFS.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) October 21, 2018
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october 2018 by mjtsai
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Yeah my bundle has been in review since yesterday too. I suppose they got a sudden glut of them and need to check we’re not being naughty in our descriptions or something? It’s all a bit daft though…

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) October 18, 2018
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october 2018 by mjtsai
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It’s really irritating that free apps can’t be in bundles. Bundles help to increase your visibility in search results, make it easier for customers who’ve found one of your apps to find the others etc.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) October 18, 2018
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october 2018 by mjtsai
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I think we know the real reason Apple doesn’t offer expandable storage, especially on the iPad where an SD slot would be super useful, is because they can make very nice profits selling models with higher storage capacity and give the bare minimum on the low end.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) October 15, 2018
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october 2018 by mjtsai
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I’d love to see some real world tests to prove these ARM chips are really up to Xeon level performance and aren’t just very optimised to certain benchmarks.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) September 25, 2018
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september 2018 by mjtsai
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XS usually means eXtra Small. Of course it’s not really ‘ex’ but ’ten’ as the X is a Roman numeral, but the S isn’t. The S means it’s a spec bump model (usually). Then because that’s not convoluted enough we append Max. So we have the extra small max iPhone, or iPhone Excess Max.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) September 13, 2018
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september 2018 by mjtsai
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Like the look of the iPhone XR (yay colours!), bit worried about the size, but think it will be my next phone as I still think £1000 is a daft amount for a smartphone. Also XS Max is right up there with the dumbest product names ever conceived.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) September 13, 2018
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september 2018 by mjtsai
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What they are perhaps missing is that it’s the small devs that keep the Mac relevant for a lot of people. You can run the big dev’s apps on Windows and save a fortune on hardware and avoid a lot of the headaches post 2011 Apple has been inflicting on its users.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) August 15, 2018
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august 2018 by mjtsai
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If I was a journalist able to sit down and ask Tim Cook one question, it would be why he thinks its ok for apps on his platforms to exploit vulnerable people (kids, people with addiction issues etc) through hugely expensive IAPs for consumables.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) August 14, 2018
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august 2018 by mjtsai
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It’s depressing seeing Apple doubling down on proprietary tech, they’re losing the platform war again and I don’t think they even realise it because it’s not hurting them financially yet. But having nice hardware as the only thing keeping you relevant is a dangerous strategy.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) August 10, 2018
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august 2018 by mjtsai
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Starting to think I should just learn React and JS development if I want to find remote programming work :P It’s the whole Mac/Windows thing again, except now it’s Apple tech vs the world and the world always wins.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) August 10, 2018
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august 2018 by mjtsai
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I’d not even heard about Fever until I read your post, so no. I just get fed up with my RSS readers getting ignored by the Mac commentariat as I’ve had one around since 2001!

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) July 25, 2018
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july 2018 by mjtsai
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Ahem, https://t.co/UsmCPwyQGT.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) July 24, 2018
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july 2018 by mjtsai
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Hackintosh Jeff, get all the modern goodness with all the expandability you could ever want. Granted it’s something you’d be better off doing with a desktop rather than a laptop, but it’s so much better than what Apple’s offering. I’ve been running a Hack for a couple of years.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) July 15, 2018
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july 2018 by mjtsai
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If Apple doesn’t want its platforms stuffed with second rate hand-me down apps from Windows/Android it needs to be the one providing the tools for making great cross platform iOS/Mac apps.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 29, 2018
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june 2018 by mjtsai
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The global market share for iOS is around 15%. Convincing companies they need to write native Swift apps when they can only reach 15% of the world’s mobile users, vs a cross platform solution that can reach 99.9% is a losing battle. Especially given how apps are monetised now.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 29, 2018
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june 2018 by mjtsai
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I always thought System 7 was one of the more beautiful UI designs, a nice blend of subtly beveled UI controls and flat colour.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 19, 2018
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june 2018 by mjtsai
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If Apple really thinks iOS is the future of all computing they should put their vast sums of money where their mouth is and release an iOS laptop or desktop. Forget this weird merger of iOS and macOS. That’s like writing a NeXT Step emulator for Mac OS 9.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 17, 2018
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june 2018 by mjtsai
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The Mac is only being left behind because Apple has been intentionally neglecting it as the iPad was supposed to be the future. That hasn’t panned out and they’re scrambling to cover their arses.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 17, 2018
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june 2018 by mjtsai
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Apple’s whole Mac lineup is largely a testament to the fallacy that one size fits all. Every single product makes compromises to be smaller/thinner than necessary.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 15, 2018
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june 2018 by mjtsai
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What bemuses me is all these people who make a living from using full fat desktop software on their Macs being super excited about the future of their platform being full of ‘just 5% extra effort’ iPhone apps.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 15, 2018
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june 2018 by mjtsai
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The downloads for iKana touch are blowing my mind, over 5.5K in a day and half. Assuming this will be sustained I’ll be a happy man if I can get a 1% conversion rate. My previous experiment with making an ad supported version of iKanji went nowhere near these kind of numbers

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 15, 2018
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june 2018 by mjtsai
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Why you can’t create sandbox users on App Store Connect who have specifically purchased certain version or perhaps never purchased your apps before, I don’t know – would take a lot of stress out of this process.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 13, 2018
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june 2018 by mjtsai
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iKana touch 2.7 has been approved and I’ve just pushed it live. Gods this is the terrifying part, I never turned a paid app freemium before and you can do such limited testing with sandboxed users. Fingers crossed I’ve not fucked this up!

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 13, 2018
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june 2018 by mjtsai
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I’m impressed at how well they do work together given the fundamental design differences between the two languages, but that makes me think you could probably bridge just about any two languages together with a little effort and a lot of compiler magic.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 11, 2018
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june 2018 by mjtsai
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Look at your financial reports on iTC? By the way if you’re not already using something like this I’d recommend App Sales Trends https://t.co/sZQXH78xkg

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 7, 2018
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june 2018 by mjtsai
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Ok this is a cute app idea, but really is Apple in the business of making measuring apps now? How long before this is abandonware?

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 4, 2018
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june 2018 by mjtsai
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Still not convinced AR is going to be that big until it’s built into something like a contact lens. People walking around gawking at the real world through a screen is just awkward. Ok for niche applications, but hardly mainstream.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) June 4, 2018
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june 2018 by mjtsai
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Yeah a VM might work, it just feels like a very user hostile move as I doubt there will be any performance improvement to 64 bit apps as a result of it, and if performance of old apps goes down noticeably or they flat out stop running people will blame Apple.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 31, 2018
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may 2018 by mjtsai
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Dropping all the 32bit support is going be a nightmare, so many things will break, especially given how many apps have gone into semi permanent maintenance mode in recent years. If Apple wants to shore up macOS this would be the worst way of doing it.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 31, 2018
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may 2018 by mjtsai
Rory Prior on Twitter: "It is a great, stagnating product, and there has always been a cross pollination of ideas between Windows and macOS. No harm in Apple taking a long hard look at what works on other platforms and seeing where it can leverage those i
It is a great, stagnating product, and there has always been a cross pollination of ideas between Windows and macOS. No harm in Apple taking a long hard look at what works on other platforms and seeing where it can leverage those ideas.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 15, 2018
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may 2018 by mjtsai
Rory Prior on Twitter: "Having used PC laptops with touch screens, it’s actually really handy for occasional gestures. Doesn’t replace a good trackpad, but can augment one. Plus if they ever made it so you could flip the screen around to lay flat it w
Having used PC laptops with touch screens, it’s actually really handy for occasional gestures. Doesn’t replace a good trackpad, but can augment one. Plus if they ever made it so you could flip the screen around to lay flat it would be amazing for digital art with an Apple Pencil

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 15, 2018
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may 2018 by mjtsai
Rory Prior on Twitter: "To be fair it’s the industrial design that sucks, the strain reliefs are always inadequate on Apple cables because they’d look ugly otherwise which is obviously the overriding concern in Cupertino.… https://t.co/uiVnNfKY6G"
To be fair it’s the industrial design that sucks, the strain reliefs are always inadequate on Apple cables because they’d look ugly otherwise which is obviously the overriding concern in Cupertino.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 10, 2018
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may 2018 by mjtsai
Rory Prior on Twitter: "Every time I want to use my Apple Pencil the battery is dead. So stupid it doesn’t have an off switch to stop the battery draining while not in use - or better yet worked like a Wacom stylus and didn’t need a battery at all."
Every time I want to use my Apple Pencil the battery is dead. So stupid it doesn’t have an off switch to stop the battery draining while not in use - or better yet worked like a Wacom stylus and didn’t need a battery at all.

— Rory Prior (@roryprior) May 3, 2018
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