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The Mac App Store Turns Ten

From the Apple Newsroom on January 6, 2011 [sic]: Apple® today announced that the Mac® App Store℠ is now open for business with more than 1,000 free and paid apps. The Mac App Store brings the revolutionary App Store experience to the Mac, so you can find great new apps, buy them using your iTunes® […]

A Step Back

Let’s try something together. What do these things all have in common? Photos Music News Podcasts TV Stocks Mac App Store You thought they were all going to be iOS apps until I surprised you with that last one, right? These are all MacOS apps, yes, but they are not all of the same kind. […]

Reuters Interviews Phil Schiller Ahead of U.S. Antitrust Hearing

Stephen Nellis, Reuters: “One of the things we came up with is, we’re going to treat all apps in the App Store the same – one set of rules for everybody, no special deals, no special terms, no special code, everything applies to all developers the same. That was not the case in PC software. […]

Climbing Up the Walls

Apple’s introduction at WWDC of Macs running on own-brand processors was as complete as many people were expecting. There was a rationale for the transition, an explanation of how developers can make their software run on these new systems, a way for older software to run without developer intervention, and a timeline for its rollout. […]

Catalina’s Dialog Bureaucracy

A few weeks ago, shortly after completing a clean installation of Catalina on my MacBook Air, I had a funny idea: wouldn’t it be great to reinstall Lion, the operating system it shipped with, and see what it is like to use nearly ten years after it was released? I haven’t touched a truly old […]

Catalyst and Cohesion

Jack Wellborn: […] Developers using first party tools from Apple shouldn’t have to swim upstream to build cohesive Mac versions of their apps. I am not saying that the existence of any incongruous Catalyst ports is worrisome — incongruous ports are inevitable and Catalyst is an opportunity to make them better — what’s worrisome is […]

Owen Williams Rounds Up

Hey, remember how a change was made to more accurately scan private API use for Mac App Store apps, and it caused Electron apps to be rejected because they rely upon Chromium? And even though these apps are still available for the Mac, they’re just not in the Mac App Store until the Electron project […]

Apps Built With Electron 6 and 7 Are Currently Being Rejected From the Mac App Store

“David Dev” (sic): Allright, as a follow up to the previous chapter in this odyssey I can now state that, apparently, you cannot submit an electron 6 or 7 app to the apple store: The first refusal from apple states: Your app app links against the following non-public framework(s): CAContext CALayerHost NSAccessibilityRemoteUIElement NSNextStepFrame NSThemeFrame NSURLFileTypeMappings […]

MacOS Catalina’s Teething Problems

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg: Apple rolled out Catalyst, the technology to transition iPad apps into Mac versions, on Monday. It’s the initial step toward a bigger goal: By 2021, developers should be able to build an app once and have it work on iPhones, iPads and Mac computers through a single, unified App Store. But the […]

Defining ‘Free’ For All

Brent Simmons wrote a piece recently that I’ve been thinking about a lot: In a way, it feels like iOS devices are rented, not owned. This is not a criticism: I’m totally fine with that. It’s appropriate for something so very mass-market and so very much built for a networked world. But what about Macs? […]

Netflix and Spotify No Longer Allow iTunes Billing for New Users

Manish Singh, VentureBeat: Netflix is further distancing itself from Apple’s iTunes tax bracket. Earlier this year, the streaming giant enabled iOS users in more than two dozen markets to bypass the iTunes payment method as part of an experiment. The company now tells VentureBeat that it has concluded the experiment and has incorporated the change globally. “We […]

Safari Extensions in the Mac App Store

Jeff Johnson: Earlier this year, Apple announced that .safariextz files are deprecated, and starting January 1, 2019, new extensions will no longer be accepted to the Safari Extensions Gallery. Apple now prefers that Safari extensions be distributed via the Mac App Store. In Safari 12, the “Safari Extensions…” menu item in the Safari main menu […]

Transmit 5, the Mac App Store, and Privileged File Operations

Cabel Sasser of Panic: But here’s something you might not know: the reasons we never put Transmit 5 in the App Store. They’re simple. We weren’t sure we could provide a good-enough Transmit experience under the stringent sandboxing security the App Store requires. And frankly, we weren’t sure Apple cared that much about the App […]

Reading the Tea Leaves

In contrast to most WWDCs I can remember, the mood surrounding this year’s conference seemed more anxious, with developers’ excitement for learning the future of Apple’s platforms muted by a blockbuster Mark Gurman report late last year: Starting as early as next year, software developers will be able to design a single application that works […]

MarsEdit 4

Daniel Jalkut: Big news today: MarsEdit 4 is out of beta and available for download from the MarsEdit home page and the Mac App Store. This marks the end of a long development period spanning seven years, so it’s a great personal relief to me to finally release it. I hope you enjoy it. MarsEdit […]