Newton email for Mac and iOS is shutting down

Recently, more and more developers have switched to subscription pricing. Folks hate this model (including me) and seek out alternatives. Newton email is a casualty of the pricing model. Long term I think this model will fail for a lot of developers.

Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors

Newton, a popular email service for iOS and Mac, is shutting down on September 25, the company’s founder Rohit Nadhani announced today.

Newton is a subscription-based app that costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year, a business model that did not end up being successful. Nadhani says that the company explored “various business models” but wasn’t able to “successfully figure out profitability & growth over the long term.”

Apple removes apps from their Affiliate Program

Members of the iTunes Affiliate Program (myself included) received an email from Apple yesterday that announced iOS and Mac apps would no longer be included:

Affiliate Program App Store Updates

Thank you for participating in the affiliate program for apps. With the launch of the new App Store on both iOS and macOS and their increased methods of app discovery, we will be removing apps from the affiliate program. Starting on October 1st, 2018, commissions for iOS and Mac apps and in-app content will be removed from the program. All other content types (music, movies, books, and TV) remain in the affiliate program.

For more information on commission rates, please see our Commissions and Payments page on the Affiliate Resources site.

If you have questions, please visit our Helpdesk.

This is a disappointing development. When someone buys an app using one of the links on this site I earn a small commission. It’s not a lot of money but it does help cover some of the annual cost of operating this site. This loss of income won’t impact me much but there are bigger blogs and websites that will most likely be severally impacted by this change.

I think Apple may be overestimating the value of the new Mac and iOS App Stores. I can say that without a doubt the majority of the apps I’ve purchased have been the result of articles or reviews on sites such as The Sweet Setup, MacStories, Brett Terpstra, MacDrifter and the Mac Power Users podcast not the App Store.

My cycling tech

I’ve been an avid cyclist for many years. This includes endurance events as well as racing as an elite master at the State and National Level.

I stopped racing and endurance riding in 2010 after having open heart surgery to correct a severally leaking mitral valve and an enlarged atrium.

These days I ride for pleasure and staying fit. The truth is, I really just enjoy riding especially now that we live in central New Jersey. I love riding on all the open country roads.

Here’s the tech I’m using.

Forerunner 35
The Forerunner 35 is an easy-to-use GPS Watch with Wrist-based Heart Rate and records my daily steps, occasional runs, walks, bike rides, calories, and weight.

Garmin Connect
Garmin Connect is my online training tool to store, analyze all my fitness activities. There is also a Garmin Connect app for iOS.

Strava
Strava is my secondary online training tool to store, analyze and share all my fitness activities with my friends. There is also a Strava app for iOS. Here’s my Profile Link.

Living in California my tech was the same winter or summer because in California it’s always summer. But now that we live in New Jersey that’s all changed. I’ll be spending a fair amount of time on my indoor trainer since the weather tends to be unpredictable in the summer and cold with snow and rain in the winter.

For those days that I’m not going to be able to get outside to ride, I’ll be using my Kinetic T-2700 indoor trainer with the iOS Kinetic Fit app for recording my activities. The Fit app shares my completed workouts with Strava but I have to manually enter them into Garmin Connect.

That’s it, folks. Reach out to me if you have any cycling related questions.

Web Finds for June 23, 2018

Web Finds are from my web surfing travels. You’ll find some unique and informative news, apps and websites that you may have never known existed. Enjoy!

Textor
Textor is a plain text editor, fully optimized for iOS. It’s the equivalent of Text Edit on the Mac. Files can be opened from anywhere, including iCloud Drive and other apps.

iPhones on iOS 12 Will Automatically Share Precise Location Data During 911 Calls in United States
Apple announced that, starting later this year with iOS 12, iPhones will automatically share precise location data with first responders during 911 calls in the United States, helping to reduce emergency response times.
Via MacRumors

Hands On Video With iOS 12’s New Screen Time Feature
The iOS 12 update introduces a comprehensive set of built-in features designed to help you focus, limit distraction, monitor your iOS device usage, and get a better understanding on how you’re using your time throughout the day.
Via MacRumors

Apple Launches Repair Program for Faulty MacBook and MacBook Pro Keyboards
Apple today launched a keyboard repair program for MacBook and MacBook Pro models equipped with butterfly keys to address complaints over letters or characters that repeat unexpectedly, letters or characters that do not appear, and keys that feel “sticky” or do not respond in a consistent manner.
Via MacRumors

Previous Web Finds are here.

After thoughts on Ulysses subscription

I know I said No Subscription. Even though I said that I caved in and signed up for a 12-month subscription to Ulysses right before my free use period ended.

I’m still not a happy camper though and here’s why.

I think Soleman should have followed the lead of 1Password, Day One, and TextExpander and continued to support and update the purchased version of the app for those users who want to continue using it. They didn’t! They said the paid version would not be supported after High Sierra. So, in essence, they are forcing everyone, previous users, and new users, on to the subscription. To me, that’s just wrong. That’s why I’m not a happy camper.

Then why am I still using Ulysses? Because I haven’t found anything that compares. I’ve tried Byword, MultiMarkdown Composer, the new iA Writer 5 for Mac and iOS, Bear and BBEdit.

Here’s what sets Ulysses apart for me:

  • Identical features across Mac and iOS.
  • The unified library. I don’t like managing individual files.
  • Clean distraction free writing environment.
  • Selecting my font of choice.
  • Publishing to WordPress and Medium.
  • It’s just dead simple to use.

Ugh! – Drafts app for iOS goes subscription

Another one of my favorite apps has gone subscription. This is very disappointing. I refuse to support any more subscription apps. I’m already on subscription overload. One has to draw the line somewhere.

It does appear that Drafts version 4, which is now called Legacy, will continue to be supported but with no further development. I wonder how long that will last?

David Sparks announces the MacSparky – iPhone Field Guide

David Sparks also, known as MacSparky, has released the iPhone Field Guide.

I’m a big fan of MacSparky. I’ve gotten a lot of useful tips and learned many tricks reading his blog and listening to the Mac Power Users podcast that he hosts with Katie Floyd. I’ve also watched a number of screencasts that he has done for apps that I use. They are wonderful. A screencast series that comes to mind is the one he did for the iOS app Drafts.

Here are David’s own words:

With the iPhone Field Guide, you’ll learn to get the most from your iPhone with this media-rich book that is sometimes user guide, sometimes opinionated app recommendations, and sometimes iPhone sensei. This book was built entirely in iBooks Author and includes all of the multimedia goodness including screenshots, photo galleries, and video screencasts all engineered to make you an iPhone power user. There are over 50 screencasts adding up to over two hours of video instruction, 450 pages, 44 chapters, and over 65,000 words to help you learn how to squeeze every bit of awesomeness from your iPhone.

The material is accessible to beginners and power users alike with a thoughtful, fun, and systematic approach to iPhone mastery. Moreover, this book is beautifully designed and a joy to read. This is the seventh book in the MacSparky Field Guide series.