Nobody wants a cheap iPhone
So the iPhone 5C has gotten off to a rocky start, with retailers cutting the phone’s future distribution. Since people have traditionally purchased the iPhone because of its best-in-class features and, as many news outlets have pointed out, the price drop was not large enough to accommodate the majority of the lower-end smartphone market, this result seems pretty logical. There just aren’t enough people that want a cheap iPhone at a not-so-cheap price.
What does this mean for app developers? Well, maybe it’s more about what it doesn’t mean: a debate into the tradeoff of speed and feature sets to accommodate inferior hardware in apps that now won’t have to take place.
MapBox sounds interesting. The open source nature of the platform should lend itself to lots of interesting innovations. Of course this quote from founder Eric Gunderson struck me:
So many of these companies are not building for mobile first
I’m not sure I agree with that. I think Google is pretty well aware of the majority of Maps use cases happening through its mobile app and are building accordingly. Even when I’m at the office and I’m looking to get directions somewhere, I always use my phone because I’m going to end up in my car (or using the walking directions if I’m in the city) anyway.
The other point to the dynamic maps arrangement Eric spoke about is that some of the use cases are already covered by the Foursquares of the world, when you think of the social aspect: shared destinations of interest, etc. I can already get that kind of stuff with them. Do I need another option for that? I’m more interested in some of the other potential uses for the platform: traffic patterns and some of the psychology around time management. For example, if we’re freelancing, are we more productive in one coffee shop over another etc. Those kinds of things would be neat, even if they seem minute to some.
Not mobile-centric but I love these posts from Phin Barnes & Brad Feld respectively on the “rubber duck” theory that’s become synonymous with programming strategies but really can be used in the context of any big project you happen to be stuck with, even writing. It’s a great little life hack and I do it constantly, although I usually don’t have the prop alongside me. When you’re working from home you have carte blanche to talk to yourself though. Trust me. You have my approval.