News broke last night of some changes to the App Store. Chief among them was the availability of subscription pricing to all types of apps. Many people seem to see it as a positive for developers, and I agree to some extent, but it all depends how those subscriptions will be used.
This quote from The Verge’s coverage of the news is exactly what I’m concerned about.
Tsiddon says his company makes around $10 million a year from its premium apps, which are sold for a one-time purchase fee of $3.99 or $4.99. Lightricks has sold 8 million app downloads to date. Tsiddon hasn’t fully committed to a subscription model yet, only saying that he’s “excited to experiment with the business model,” but based on back-of-the-envelope math he believes if his company saw 4 million downloads while charging a $4 monthly subscription fee, he could make 10 times his current annual revenue.
If developers start to shift to pricing like this, I and many others, will stop using their apps. I simply can not afford, and even if I could I would not be able to justify, paying $4 a month to use an app. Especially when it’s multiplied by the 12 independent apps on my iPhone homescreen. That’s not sustainable.
This morning the CEO of the UK Driving License Authority posted a prototype on Twitter of a digital version of the UK driving license in Apple Wallet. It hadn’t even crossed my mind that this would be on their radar, but it’s certainly something I could get on board with. I really don’t like carrying my wallet around with me and Apple Pay is one of the big factors driving my desire to upgrade my iPhone (the fact it seems to be dying is the other) and having my driving license in the wallet would a great step to being able to leave my wallet at home.
Drew Coffman has some interesting observations in the opening paragraphs of his article about Building a New Photography Workflow with the iPad Pro.
“I’m just now realizing that the more and more I embrace each creative process, the less time I want to give to anything but the act of creating”
So often we change things because we think we should, but in actuality we should only really make changes in workflows and apps we use with motivation similar to the above. To free us up to create more things.
I like my blog, I enjoy it from many angles, from creating the design to posting to it regularly. But on reflection I realise that the thing I dislike the most is editing and feeling the pressure to write well. I just enjoy posting or my blog, and I enjoy reading articles and sharing the ones which I think are most interesting. Hence why my posting rate has increased since I made it easier to share an article to my blog from my iPad or my iPhone. The change in workflow has allowed me to do more of the thing I most enjoy about my blog.
Marco Arment has written a great piece in relation to the secret Apple meeting with seven renowned podcast producers. He outlines Apples role and position in the podcasting world, what the podcasters are after and what it could mean.
It seems to me to be another case of the big companies trying to gain more control and data about those who listen. I’m in favour of things developing, but they need to remain open. The likes of Facebook and Medium are making the open web a harder place to be, and to me that is showing me how important it is that it remains easy to do things without the big data companies controlling everything. I couldn’t agree more with Marco’s final statements.
And the last thing we all need is for the “data” economy to destroy another medium.
“So I propose we forget the phrase “just do what you love” because it’s exhausting and misleading. We need less instant gratification and more patience in our practice”
I couldn’t help but identify with these final few words from Kyle Steed. Society today is so desperate to do just the things we love and to get there in the shortest possible way that it forgets the value in having to do things we don’t want to do, but that we need to do. It sets so many people up for massive falls as they make big leaps to begin doing things that they’re not yet ready to do. There’s too much I want it now and not enough willingness to work and explore and grow into whatever that it is.
The Sweet Setup has spent some time looking for the best bible app on iOS. I’ve had a hot and cold relationship with bible apps, sometimes I find time incredibly useful, other times they seem cold and disconnecting. I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve tried s number of the apps on this list and couldn’t agree more with the conclusion, in fact the two apps that I have installed on my iPhone and iPad are the top two from this article.
I’ve long been a fan of Baron Fig, in particular the Apprentice. They’ve just released another limited edition called the Explorer Edition, another one to add to my collection, I think own all of the Apprentices including the studio edition.
The notion that you can learn the skill of making money seems to make a lot of sense. Interesting thoughts and perspective in this article from the man behind 37Signals.
I’ve linked to the series that’s being written on Medium of the founding of Baron Fig in the past, but they’ve recently been publishing new parts of the series. As ever it’s a good glimpse into the life of a new startup and the problems they’ve faced. The guys at Baron Fig continue to inspire me.
Never had a truer word bee spoken about blogs. Your blog really is what you make of it. Mine is a bit hit and miss, but it’s still mine, it’s where I write first, share first and the site I point people to about myself. I don’t have much of an audience, and whilst I’d like that to change, it’s ok, I’ll still write it.
A glowing review which I couldn’t agree with more. Ever since I downloaded it for my iPad I’ve been using the app, now it’s on my iPhone as well everything I write for this site goes through the app. Paired with the Mac app, it’s great for writing sermons in as well.
Pour over coffee is what wakes me up every morning. After my quiet time I trundle downstairs and begin my brewing process. Its not just the act of drinking coffee, but the whole ritual behind the process.
Interesting read in to how a Die-Hard Mechanical Watch Lover has fallen for the Apple Watch.
I’m becoming more Andre intrigued by this device. When the rumours for it began I didn’t see the point, but as software develops for it my attention becomes increasingly caught. It’ll be interesting to see when and how the second generation Watch builds on this initial offering.
A healthy dose of margin in your life gives you the space you need to think, dream, strategize, wrestle through complexity, focus deeply, and, ultimately, do your best creative work.
This piece by Shawn Blanc has been sat in my Instapaper for quite a while, but when I read the sentence above I immediately agreed. When you’re in constant hustle mode, when everything down to what jobs you work on and when you can find time to send out those all important invoices is imperative to your ability to exist in life, decisions and dreams disappear. When there’s no margin in anything in your life, your ability to work well goes and your ability to even think creatively vanishes let alone do the work your business depends on.
I’ve learnt the hard way, margin in life is imperative to being able to create well.
I started using Ulysses on my iPad just before Christmas. Just after Christmas I started using it on my Mac because I liked it so much. Now I can use it on my iPhone thanks to today’s new release.
Over the weekend and through the start of this week I’ve been enjoying the album All Things New by Rivers & Robots. If you’re a Christian and enjoy folksy music with a slightly different feel to it than your normal Christian music I suggest you give it a listen.
Some great photos of Apple’s new campus as it’s construction starts to really show what it will look like. Really looking forward to seeing the final “product”. Maybe I’ll get to visit in person one day.
I finished reading Do More Better this afternoon. It’s a very well written and thought provoking read. I plan on begin implementing some of Tim’s suggestions in to my workflow in the next week or two. If you’re interested in looking st productivity with a biblical grounding, I suggest you give it a read.
I always enjoy reading a good process or behind the scenes post. So it’s little surprise that I’m linking to this one from Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk fame. Jeff has done a write up of the modern kitchen remodel he and his wife have just finished.
I love seeing the homes of people who have an, at least in my opinion, impeccable eye for design and Jeff certainly falls in to that category. Look closely and you’ll see a glimpse of a future product, a coffee related one which will go straight in to my shopping basket!
I’m a fan of the book, really enjoyed the film and the soundtrack is pretty darn awesome as well. I’ve spent the evening working with it in the background and it completely sucked me into my work. It’s been a long time since I found a soundtrack that did that.