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App Store refunds trials

Some time ago, I was reminded of an idea I had almost three years ago, which was in essence, a refund system for IOS apps: you buy an app, use it, and if you delete it from your iPhone within a predefined time, say, 48 hours, you get credited for that purchase. It’s still a strong idea, but this one is better: App Store trials Amy Worrall writes: Developers can choose whether to allow a trial of 1, 7 or 30 days, or to disallow trials all together, on a per-app basis.

An improvement to Apple’s Preview app

This is a screengrab of the PDF viewing options in Apple’s Preview app. It’s how you view a PDF on screen: as a single page, one at a time; as two pages side-by-side like a book, or continuous scroll where as you scroll through the pages, the next page slides into view below the current page, in a continuous line of pages. I can’t help but think the keyboard shortcuts for these can be improved. Consider this: Single page ⌘1 Two Pages ⌘2 Continuous Scroll ⌘3 Why?

Godspeed, Jony Ive

Jonathan Ive has been put in charge of Human Interface at Apple: Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design. His incredible design aesthetic has been the driving force behind the look and feel of Apple’s products for more than a decade. (As usual, Gruber has a good writeup of the situation). I’m personally optimistic about the change; not because Ive was reported to dislike the skeuomorphic design decisions in iOS (and presumably OSX), but because much of Ive’s approach to design is not only focused how something looks, but how something works.

I can’t believe we did it

I downloaded the iPhone 5 keynote to take with me on the ~28hr flight to Texas. I didn’t watch it until a few days after we arrived. During my viewing, the absence of Steve Jobs became really apparent to me. Tim Cook is (obviously) a great CEO, but not as good a showman as Jobs. This we all know. What I noticed in this keynote more than any other was the lack of excitement on Cook’s part, and genuine wonder.

They’ve started arriving!

Well, Lego Steve Jobs was sent out last week, and at least one person has received theirs so far! So when you receive yours, don’t be shy — send me a pic! It will make me happy :) This is not a scam :P Update While I was typing up this blog post, a couple more have been reported to have arrived :)

Lego Steve Jobs Update: mailed!

Update All Lego Steve Jobs packages have been mailed! Keep an eye on your real-time non-virtual inboxes! ======= See that? That’s a bag full of packaged, hand-addressed, multi-stamped, register-mailed, and customs-noticed, Lego Steve Jobses. If you were lucky enough to order one while the going was hot, I’m letting you know I’ll be making the trip to the post office tomorrow to send all Lego Steve Jobses to their respective owners.