554: The App Store Addiction
24 January 2024
We knew they'd be petulant, but even our expectations were higher than this. We dig into how Apple dunked on devs after last week's show, yet another Microsoft hack, and more.
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- DHH on X — Apple would be wise to study the long arc of Microsoft’s history. Learn that you can win the battle, say, against Epic, and end up losing the war for the hearts and minds of developers.
- Apple’s Big Brother Now - dominickm.com — Getting right down to brass App Store tax. You’re almost certainly not saving any money. Apple is only taking three-percent off their cut even if you process the payment via another processor. Payment processors charging what they tend, that means you will likely save no money whatsoever; this is increasingly apparent once you begin to consider the implementation cost of setting up third-party payment processing and complying with the rest of Apple’s onerous terms.
- Evan on X — Apple expects to sell an estimated 300K-400K Vision Pros in 2024 - Bloomberg
- Apple Vision Pro: Lack of Netflix, YouTube, App Store Tensions Threaten Device - Bloomberg — Some big name developers thus far aren’t doing much to help the device. Three of the world’s most popular streaming services — Netflix Inc., YouTube and Spotify Technology SA — have already signaled that they won’t be launching visionOS software or enabling their iPad apps to run on the Vision Pro.
- These Third-Party Apps Are Optimized For Apple Vision Pro So Far - MacRumors — So far, over 250 apps with native support for visionOS have been submitted to Apple, according to a source.
- Google CEO says job cuts needed in 2024 to serve ‘ambitious goals’ — Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees in a memo Wednesday that more job cuts are coming this year.
- How Google is Remaking Itself as a “Machine Learning First” Company
- [Miguel Fierro on X: “Bad news for the industry”](https://twitter.com/miguelgfierro/status/1748826782755594486 “Miguel Fierro on X: “Bad news for the industry””) — Diane from Google rants on social