I wanted to write something about sponsoring open-source projects a couple of weeks ago when this post appeared, but WWDC dominates everything! But I didn't forget, and I'll talk about it now instead.
The post, if you read it, is about PSPDFKit sponsoring part of the CocoaPods project. I had no idea that some of the CocoaPods maintainers were paying for significant portions of this essential part of our ecosystem from their own pockets. 😨
I talked briefly about this in April, but I think it's worth saying again. We all rely on open-source libraries and tools, so wouldn't it be lovely if the people kindly maintaining them were earning money for doing it?
I feel that this support should come primarily from companies too. It's all too easy for businesses to ignore the issue, or maybe not even know how essential open-source software is to what they do. Also, the amounts of money needed from each company, if more did this, would be trivial. So that's where you come in, dear reader! A little advocacy can go a long way, and so I'd love it if you took a look at what open-source your company's apps rely on, and set some wheels in motion at your next 1:1 meeting.
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I think it’s safe to say that given the circumstances, this year’s WWDC was a complete success. I lost count of the number of times I saw people compliment Apple on the session videos, especially the fact that they can be of different lengths when there’s no fixed schedule. I feel the same way and feel confident in saying that the videos this year got the information across in a much more engaging way than a “traditional” conference talk.
I also saw several people say they’d be happy if future editions were entirely virtual too. I certainly think there are lots of positive lessons that’ll come out of this year’s event, but I do hope that we haven’t seen the last in-person WWDC.
I know it’s entirely my fault, but I didn’t make as much of this year’s conference as I usually do. I attended several online events, met some new people, and watched a couple of session videos, but I found it hard to take full advantage of the week. The fact that I was sitting at my desk at home meant that what I mostly did this week was… work! 😬 One advantage of being in a physical location for a conference is that it forces you to pay attention and take advantage of what’s happening. I know this is entirely my fault, but I’m sure I’m not alone.
So, let’s get started with this week’s links! I say this every year, but it’s worth repeating. I won’t try to sum up every announcement or cover every new API this week. Not only would that be impossible, but how would I keep you busy for the rest of the summer if I covered everything today? 👍
For almost nine years, this newsletter has been a collection of links that caught my eye during the week. It’s the same this week, and it’ll be the same next week. If we’re lucky, we might be getting close to digesting everything by September. 🤞
Great stories at this year's NeXTEVNT.
Anything that improves network connectivity on mobile devices has to be a step in the right direction and it looks like iOS 7 shipped with support for fallback network connectivity through multi-path TCP. It appears that Siri is the only feature of the OS using this right now but hopefully it will be expanded to the rest of the OS (and 3rd party apps) in the future. Imagine not having to dive into the settings when you get trapped in a dead WiFi network.
Ever wondered what it's like to be featured in an Apple TV ad? Robleh Jama writes about the experience and the affect it had on sales.
What happens when Apple decide to offer you the opportunity to be featured in the Apple Store app (rather than the App Store app)? Ben McCarthy talks about his experience when Obscura was featured. Good article in general, but specifically I found the fact that this generated lots of requests for localisation really interesting.
Next up, icons get the same treatment.
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