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Posted by Andy Brice
Jun 30, 2020 at 07:05 AM


My experience of Apple, as a developer, is that they put very little effort into keeping ‘old’ apps running. So I don’t expect a long transition period. For my part I will support Arm Macs as soon as I can and Intel Macs as long as I reasonably can. But I can only support the platforms that the third party framework I use (Qt) supports. Most apps are also dependent on one or more third party software libraries and frameworks.


Posted by Luhmann
Jun 30, 2020 at 07:48 AM


A good overview of Rosetta 2 plans as we know them now:



Posted by Bernhard
Jun 30, 2020 at 08:49 AM


I bought a new MacBook just before WWDC. I bought it because of the existing software, not because of the hardware, which has become increasingly problematic in recent years.
Then came WWDC. Now, I won’t buy any more software, nor will I upgrade my existing software. I will use the existing system as long as it works, and use the time to look for alternative systems and find other workflows for software for which there is no direct alternative.


Posted by Lothar Scholz
Jun 30, 2020 at 09:27 AM


My fear is that Apple will reduce the software/hardware lifetime a lot by using this specialized AI, security and whatever chip features they now want to add to the CPU. And i fear it will make software lose their lifetime too.

And this in our niche here where many are using it as long living database solution. So many macOS software fails on updates already for example the often mentioned “Curio” from 2 years ago doesn’t work on Catalina.

By the way, at least Mark Bernstein answered my email about Tinderbox. Saying that he will get his development machine next week and start playing and porting with it. No answer from DevonThink so far.


Posted by Simon
Jun 30, 2020 at 12:07 PM


I’m becoming increasingly disillusioned with Apple. Catalina has been a disaster for me, despite a clean install. Their 48% markup also doesn’t sit well. I don’t like that they now solder RAM into the machine and are introducing chips that monitor hardware that will shutdown your machine and stop it working if you swap out any hardware. Catalina introduced a split partition that only Apple have access to. It’s feels like I’m slowly being sucked into using a machine that they control and I have no control over.

I’ve started migrating most of my data into crossplatform apps such as Evernote, Adobe and am now looking at Notion. I want to be able to switch if I need to. That sadly means that mac only apps now do not end up on my shortlist. I’ve come across so many people wondering if they’ll buy a new machine when their old one expires, due to cost. For the first time I’m thinking of switching from iPhone to Android as the cost is getting ridiculous. I’m also looking at picking up a Linux machine and seeing how feasible it is as my main machine.

I love my iMac, but slowly it is becoming just as glitchy as Windows was when I last used it. iCloud is truly awful. I love macos simplicity, but not sure it is worth the price tag anymore.


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