Written by Nick Heer.

Archive for December 27th, 2011

Concept: Redesigning the Update UI for Mac Apps

This is very clever, but it still doesn’t remove the most intrusive aspect of updating apps. The main problem with Sparkle and system updates is that they’re interrupting you as you’re using the application or your computer. The way Chrome and Firefox fix this is that they download the update in the background and install it the next time the app is launched. That’s the smartest, least-intrusive way to install updates.

The TV Store

Horace Dediu looks at the global availability of apps, music and TV shows. The takeaway here is that Apple is the sole distributor of their apps, whereas they are merely one of many licensed to sell music and TV shows. I didn’t realise that there were so few countries where one can buy TV shows on iTunes, though.