• Apple köper upp lösning för enhetshantering

    Fleetsmith har blivit uppköpta av Apple:

    We started Fleetsmith to balance the management and security needs of IT with the experience users love about Mac, iPad, and iPhone. We’re proud of the incredibly talented team we’ve built, and that we’ve stayed true to our mission: to make powerful, secure Apple fleet management available to everyone.

    We’re thrilled to join Apple. Our shared values of putting the customer at the center of everything we do without sacrificing privacy and security, means we can truly meet our mission, delivering Fleetsmith to businesses and institutions of all sizes, around the world.

    Inte varje dag ett helt bolag blir “sherlockat” av Apple men nu ligger väl Jamf ganska pyrt till…

  • Den förbannade gröna pricken

    Jason Fried om ett av de största stressmomenten när man jobbar hemma:

    For years we used an internal instant messaging system that broadcasted everyone’s real-time status. It seemed cool, it seemed useful. It seemed like something that would be good to know. But it turned out to be TMI: Too Much Information.

    Because, really, what does “available” and “away” really mean? Official definitions don’t matter, because here’s what they actually mean: “Available to be bothered” and “I’m running away and hiding because I can’t get any fucking work done around here.”

    Det värsta är vissa chattprogram som automatiskt listar dig som “away” när du i själva verket sitter och arbetar vid datorn men inte rört chattprogrammet på en stund. Mattermost, jag tittar på dig nu…

  • Apple viker sig i bråket med Hey.com

    David Heinemier Hansen:

    Apple has approved HEY for iOS 1.0.2 without IAP!! We’ve submitted 1.0.3 for final, definitive approval with a new free option and HEY for Work. SO NOW WE WAIT. CAN THIS STAND-OFF END IN A TRUCE?

    Hey.com har fått göra vissa justeringar för att få applikationen godkänd men de slipper åtminstone ge Apple 30 procent av sina intäkter:

    Okay. We thought we were following Appleʼs unwritten rules for multi-platform SaaS products: No signups, no links, no mentions of where to sign up. Plenty of applications in the App Store work exactly like this today, including long-approved apps from Netflix, Google, Salesforce, and Nintendo.

    But then Schiller said “One way that HEY could have gone…is to offer a free or paid version of the app with basic email reading features on the App Store, then separately offered an upgraded email service that worked with the Hey app on iOS on its own website.”

    So we got down to it, and worked the weekend to get an update on Apple’s desk Monday morning. Our team did a great job implementing the product changes that Schiller asked for, and first thing this morning, right after we shipped 1.0.2 to our customers, we submitted 1.0.3 to the App Store for approval.

    This new version introduces a new free option for the iOS app. Now users can sign up directly in-app for a free, temporary, randomized @hey.com email address that works for 14 days. Think of it like a temporary SIM card you buy when traveling. Or for when you don’t want to give out your real email address, like a short term “for sale” listing, like Craigslist does it.

    Bra för Hey.com, bra för Apple. Sen om de senare lärt sig något av detta låter jag vara osagt men jag hoppas innerligt att så är fallet.

    Nilay Patel har en bra sammanfattning om detta på The Verge också. Rekommenderad läsning.

  • Hey.com laddar för en andra salva lagom till WWDC

    Hey.com har inga som helst planer på att lägga sig på rygg inför Apple. Med tanke på hur snacket gått på Twitter runt detta är Hey.com knappast endast ensamma om att vara missnöjda med hur Apple behandlar tredjepartsutvecklarna:

    Apple’s App Store policies are anti-competitive, and have been for years now. Even with the looming threat of antitrust regulation, they’re brazenly wielding their monopoly power like a hammer. We’re not going to be quiet.

    Aldrig har det väl varit så tydligt att Apple har blivit den stora mäktiga monopolisten som de nog aldrig ville bli egentligen, och nu när de väl är där har de ingen som helst aning om hur de ska hantera sin position annat än att bete sig som en bortskämd tre-åring och göra precis som IBM, Microsoft, Oracle och andra IT-jättar gjort gång efter annan i historien: använd sin makt för att förtrycka och tysta de missnöjda och låtsas som inget är fel.

  • Apples övergång till ARM sannolikt dåliga nyheter för Intel

    Jean-Louis Gassée:

    First, we’ll see how Apple manages to succeed where Microsoft failed…twice. Yes, Apple knows how to port its devices to a new CPU. As mentioned in last week’s Monday Note, the move from PowerPC to Intel in 2005 was an unqualified success. But will Apple’s inducement to third party app developers — the (retroactively understandable) rejection of 32-bit apps in macOS Catalina, the Catalyst tool that will help developers bring their iOS apps to macOS — will the groundwork pay off?

    Second, Microsoft execs might be thinking longer term than today’s “try again, fail again” ARM efforts. Perhaps they’re thinking that by the time Apple ships its ARM-ed Macs, the next generation Surface Pro X will enjoy a full suite of ARM-native apps from Microsoft and key third parties. This would result in a product that’s competitive with whatever Apple has next year.

    Finally — and more relevant to today’s topic — maybe it’s not a zero-sum, Apple vs Microsoft game. Fully functional ARMed Windows and macOS devices might finally have an impact on Intel’s business. If both Microsoft and Apple successfully unleash attractive ARM Architecture devices, Windows OEMs big and small won’t want to be left behind; they’ll launch a plethora of machines running the next generation of ARM-based software. That might finally have a sizable impact on Intel’s business.

    Med tanke på att ARM fortsätter växa på servermarknaden så är det inte otroligt att en stor del av datorer som säljs till privatpersoner och företag i framtiden kör ARM och inte x86-processorer. Apple är ingen stor kund för Intel, men det finns ett symbolvärde i att Apple går över till ARM och Microsoft redan har både datorer, operativsystem och applikationer som körs med ARM-processorer.