I always found the “favorites” feature in Apple Maps to be too general and dissatisfying. I quit using that feature once I had 48 places saved all across the world. 🤷🏻♂️
Before that, I saved specific lists of places in Google Maps, but found their mobile app to be cluttered and confusing. 😖 So I gave up and started using Trello.
Trello is cool for some things like trip planning and small projects, but it did not scale well and didn’t handle lists of places well. So I gave up on that. 😢
I’m happy to have just discovered that you can save your favorite places as “guides” in Apple Maps. Finally, this is genuinely useful!
I just set up my own guide for coffee places open early for when I’m looking to get our early. Quick and easy and right to the point! 🤩. I can immediately see all the places I saved and their hours. Check it out for yourself! (This is my own personal guide, so it’s focused on Austin, TX.)
Of course this guide automatically syncs to my iPad and Mac as well. ✅
Rechecking Goole Maps
Forgive me if I sound like an fanboy, but out of genuine curiosity I went back and I did the same thing in the latest Google maps. It was a bit painful. 😢
Notice how the “main” screen is oddly not a map but more of a picture of a cup of coffee and therefore not useful to me.
And even when I drilled into an actual map view, the places I care about are unlabeled in favor of (1) a notification that HEB has an offer and (2) the Texas Capitol and Congress Ave. Bridge exist. Again, not useful.
I just want to know where a coffee shop is open at 7am! Now that would be useful. 👆
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Here is Jobs addressing a somewhat hostile question at the 1997 WWDC. At the time, Apple was nearly out of money, and Jobs had just returned after previously being kicked out of the company.
George Bernard Shaw said that “your patience when you have nothing” is one of the two things that define you. It’s interesting to look at Steve Jobs when he is down and see the vision and patience that was brewing at the time.
As we have tried to come up with a strategy and a vision for Apple, it started with what incredible benefits can we give to the customer, where can we take the customer. Not starting with ‘let’s sit down with the engineers and figure out what awesome technology we have and then how are we going to market that’.
And I think that’s the right path to take.
It would be four more years until the iPod launched and ten years until the iPhone launched.
Here’s a little Christmas present of sorts for us iOS developers: a fresh new SwiftUI tutorial from Apple. The whole course takes about 4 hours and lets you build a niceeeee-looking scrum app from scratch. 🤩
This course guides you through the development of Scrumdinger, an iOS app that helps users manage their daily scrums.
App users may not be aware — and app developers often forget — that favorite app of yours might be running native code from a third party such as Facebook. Besides making your app potentially way bigger to download, it can also cause instability. When Facebook screws up, suddenly you can’t run TikTok, Spotify, and countless others apps.
It was as if Facebook had an “app kill switch” that they activated, and it brought down many of people’s favorite iOS apps.
For this and other reasons such as added integration complexity, when I’m making my next app, I am going to try to minimize third-party libraries.
It seems like software architecture often focuses on theoretical concepts and cool ideas, but we should look at things like this that can impact millions of real users. IMHO we developers need to consider third-party libraries as a liability to be weighed against the vulnerabilities they open up. 💥