#63: Competing with Kim Kardashian

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Today we look at the partnership that was recently announced between Apple and IBM. We discuss what it means for the iPhone and iPad, what it means for Apple, and what it means for independent software developers. We talk about why enterprise is such a hard business for indies to break into, and how the second-order effects of this deal will affect even those who don’t sell to enterprise.
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#62: Makes it More Huggable

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Today we take a look at the 2014 Apple Design Award winners, and discuss what lessons we can draw from the winners to apply to our own apps. We consider the importance of polish, creating atmosphere, and delivering “surprise & delight.” We talk about business models, building apps that are resistant to cloning, and how app design can contribute to engagement and word of mouth advertising. Apps discussed in this episode include Monument Valley, Day One, Cinemagraph Pro, Threes!, Blek, and Yahoo News Digest.
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#61: Apple Kremlinology

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Today we take a look at the new iOS 8 size classes that were introduced to the world at WWDC, and what they might mean for the future. All indications are that larger iPhones are coming this fall, and there are other rumors of a split-screen iPad. If iPhone windows get bigger, and iPad windows get smaller, will the line between the two devices start to blur? What might that mean for developers who sell separate iPhone and iPad versions of their apps? Will all apps be expected to be Universal? We consider those questions and more in today’s discussion.
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#60: Difficult for Whom?

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Today we’re talking about iCloud Drive and the advent of a filesystem on iOS. We discuss whether the benefits of introducing a filesystem to iOS users is worth the complications that it brings, compare notes on our plans for supporting iCloud Drive, and express a healthy dose of skepticism about Apple’s ability to flawlessly launch a new web service. We consider our long-term ability to charge customers for syncing in this world of free and cheap cloud services, then we close by reading the tea leaves and sharing our opinion of what exactly Apple’s loosening of sandbox restrictions means for the future of iOS.
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#59: Solve the Problem with Math

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The universal experience of all independent developers is that there’s never enough time. Today we take a look at how we plan to use our limited time between now and when iOS 8 is released to the general public. What iOS 8 technologies are absolutely critical to implement immediately? Which ones can wait? How do you balance adding new features with the need to do maintenance tasks that might not be noticed by customers? We discuss all of this as well our plans for Swift adoption in this week’s episode.

#58: David Smith (part 2)

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Today we’re continuing our conversation with David Smith. We start by discussing David’s recent talk at the NSNorth conference in which he encouraged the audience to engage with our community of developers. David then turns the tables by asking us a question. Specifically, he wants to know how we handle the risk and uncertainty of having most of our revenue tied up in a single product. This evolves into a discussion of the importance of being a “student of the App Store,” business models that align well with Apple’s goals, and our personal definitions of success.
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#57: David Smith (part 1)

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We asked David Smith to join us today because he’s found a different path to success in the App Store. Instead of concentrating his efforts on one or two apps as Charles and Joe have done, David has a diverse portfolio of over 70 apps that support him in aggregate. In our conversation, we talk to David about where he draws inspiration for these apps, how he manages to keep them updated, his experience with advertising, and the results of the many pricing experiments that he’s conducted in the App Store. Come back next week for part two of our conversation with David.
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#56: Felt Like an Episode of Oprah

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We’re back from WWDC and today we take a look at the enormous number of changes that were announced during the conference and how we think that those changes will affect our businesses. We start with our general impressions of the WWDC, then quickly move to our thoughts on what qualifies as the most significant announcement of the conference. And there was a lot to choose from. An entirely new programming language was announced as well as a number of changes to the iTunes Store that developers have been requesting for a long time. We reflect on the impact that this WWDC has had on the general mood of the developer community, and then close by considering whether attending WWDC was worth the time and expense from a business development perspective.
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#55: Brit Young

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We’re joined today by Brit Young, now of New Relic, who shares her story of going indie. Brit’s story is particularly interesting because in the midst of running a successful consulting business, she and her partner had the realization that a consulting business wasn’t what they really wanted. So they closed their startup, took a sabbatical, and took stock of their lives. They returned from their sabbatical recharged, and ready to go in new directions in order to follow their true passions. Listen as Brit shares the highs and lows of running a business, hiring employees, and competing in the Mac App Store.
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#54: You’d Better Start in October

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We start today by raving about our recent trip to the NSNorth conference, which was held in Ottawa, Canada. Then we change gears and jump into our main topic: WWDC. We don’t cover all the hints and tips we gave in our WWDC episode from last year, but Charles does explain the strategy he used to save 50% on his hotel costs. (Some planning required.) We also discuss a great restaurant we discovered last year, the best after hours parties we attended, the latest news from AltConf, and how to stay productive while you’re in San Francisco. See you all there!
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