Stuart Breckenridge

Jiminy: Trump's First Two Days of February, from John Gruber:

This is a collection of stories from just the past 48 hours or so that I’ve found to be alarming and/or outrageous. This is not about stuff I simply disagree with politically, and so, for example, there’s nothing here about the nomination of Neal Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.[…]

It seems to me this pace of alarming news is unsustainable.

That last statement is spot on. I’m waking up each morning wondering what has 45 done now?

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Apple to Manufacture iPhones in India

Husain Sumra, for MacRumors:

Apple has agreed to a deal with the government of Indian state Karnataka to begin manufacturing iPhones in Bangalore, reports The Times of India. The Karnataka government announced that it had approved Apple’s proposal to “commence initial manufacturing operations” in a press release.

Apple’s desire to open a manufacturing hub in India started after Prime Minister Narendra Modi began promoting his “Made in India” initiative. Apple manufacturing partner Wistron will make the iPhones in a new plant, reportedly beginning with the iPhone 8.

Manufacturing in India should significantly reduce the cost of iPhone for Indian consumers — at launch, the iPhone 7 was almost $250 more expensive in India than in the U.S.. This reduction in cost should fuel additional growth for Apple.

Quebec Response to Hate: More Tolerance

Philippe Couillard, Quebec’s premier, responding to the heinous shooting that killed six people in a mosque (via NYTimes):

“Every society has to deal with demons,” he said. “Our society is not perfect. None is. These demons are named xenophobia, racism, exclusion. They are present here. We need to recognize that and act together to show the direction we want our society to evolve.”

The Editorial Board continues:

In sad contrast, the reaction from Mr. Trump’s White House was to use the shootings to justify its anti-immigrant policies. The attack was a “terrible reminder,” said the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, of why America’s actions must be “proactive, rather than reactive.” The logic, or illogic, seemed to be that if Muslims had been kept out of Canada, they would not have been killed.

I have nothing but high regard for the Canadian response. I’m aghast at what’s coming out of Mr. Trump’s White House.

App Update: FFI List v1.3.5

FFI List v1.3.5 is out now. It contains the January 25, 2017 FFI list.

See below for an update on how the registration landscape has changed over the last three months:

Entity Type Nov Dec Jan
Sponsoring Entity 10,118 10,251 10,316
Single 144,758 147,447 148,959
Lead 6,377 6,405 6,416
Member 33,571 33,558 33,548
Branch 4,356 4,333 4,300
Sponsored Fund 38,645 63,221 67,934
Sponsored NFFE 469 677 737
Sponsored Subsidiary 715 1,596 1,799
Sponsored Branch 198 21 220

App Store Reviews in iOS 10.3

Apple Developer News:

With iOS 10.3, you can use a new API to ask users to provide App Store ratings and reviews without leaving your app. You can also publicly respond to customer reviews on the App Store and Mac App Store.

The new API is SKStoreReviewController which provides a single method: requestReview().

SKStoreReviewController implemented in FFI List.

The functionality adheres to App Review Policy, which has been neatly summed up by Jim Dalrymple:

Developers will only be able to bring up the review dialog three times a year. If a customer has rated the app, they will not be prompted again. If a customer has dismissed the review prompt three times, they will not be asked to review the app for another year.

What’s not clear to me is if these counts will be reset with each new app version. I assume they will be, otherwise, apps that were reviewed just prior to being updated will be out of the loop for a year.