The Inside Scoop on Developers vs. Apple

Developers vs Apple

The article of the week on particle debris is from Josh Centers, the editor-in-chief of Tidbits who discusses the subject of developers against Apple.

The App Store’s beginnings may have been rough, but from the outside it looked like a virtual gold rush. The media was full of stories of independent developers getting rich from simple apps. But after that initial excitement, many small developers are now struggling to make even a modest living in the App Store and feel locked in an abusive relationship with Apple.

Author Centers goes into considerable detail, with nearly 6,000 words, exploring the sources of friction between developers and Apple. Here are the main sections:

  • This 30% reduction
  • Apple picks winners and losers
  • App Store Ads
  • Counterfeit apps
  • Some developers are more equal than others
  • TV applications
  • Capricious and arbitrary judgments
  • Ban on game streaming services
  • Apple devalued apps
  • Potential solutions

Beautifully researched and filled with case histories, the Centers unveil Apple’s policies that seem compelling at first glance, but contain the seeds of excessive fees, abuse, favoritism, and exclusion from competition.

If you really want to know what’s going on in this ongoing fight, the devs against Apple, gladly dig in. The centers touch all the bases with a calm, cold and critical eye.

Big Sur will have a whole new look and feel.

Apple News debris of the week

• Here’s a great summary of all the changes coming to macOS 11 Big Sur. “MacOS Big Sur: Every Change in Apple’s Massive Software Overhaul

MacOS Big Sur is a major overhaul of the Mac operating system. In particular, this is the first time in years that its visual appearance has been radically changed.

But it’s not just a question of aesthetics – Big Sur is redesigning almost all of Apple’s apps, as well as its operating system’s features like Spotlight and Siri, and its overall performance.

This is a second encyclopedic article for your consideration. I’ll keep the rest a bit shorter.

• The next 16-inch MacBook Pro will definitely feature Apple Silicon, right? Maybe not. There could be another Intel iteration. This article at Forbes seems to be getting little wrong, but still has some mouthwatering snippets. Like a 1080p FaceTime camera and a T3 security chip. There’s a lot to unbox, but I would also be skeptical in that case.

• 9to5Mac reports: “iOS 14 allows users to grant approximate location access for apps that don’t require exact GPS tracking.

Prior to iOS 14, you could grant an app access to your location while using the app, or always. However, if location access was allowed, the app would still get an exact coordinate. Many apps don’t really need such precise location informationon, and iOS 14 provides this flexibility, including asking the user upfront in the permissions dialog.


• Aerial gestures for our communication devices are one of the holy grails of science fiction. (Star Trek: Picard, / CBS All Access; Upload) / Netflix.) Now, “Patents suggest the iPhone 12 can get gestures in the air thanks to a new ToF depth sensor.

A new patent has revealed details of a forward-facing time-of-flight (ToF) depth sensor appearing in an upcoming Apple phone – allegedly the iPhone 12 – that would allow gestures in the air.


• Finally, it looks like Apple will let Samsung fold with its foldable Galaxy smartphones. But Apple will learn from Samsung’s mistakes and eventually get there. See: “The foldable iPhone could arrive in 2023 to deliver an iPad crossover experience.“The article has rumored specs, and they’re amazing.


Particle Debris is usually a mixture of observations and opinions from John Martellaro on a notable event or one or more articles of the week, followed by a discussion of articles that did not make the headlines of TMO, the debris of new techniques. The column is published almost every Friday, with the exception of vacation weeks.

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