John Gruber & Apple VPs: Mostly slow curves, right over the plate (video)

An hour and thirty five minutes with Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak on day two of WWDC20.

Gruber cues up Joswiak’s defense of the App Store at the 15:20 mark.

My take: Respect for Gruber, but he is a journalist who knows how to maintain his access.


  1. Well, he’s no George Stephanopoulos. Take the App Store question, which is as close as Gruber got to anything controversial. He posed a carefully open-ended query — “Without getting into any specific issues, are you listening to developer feedback?” — and followed-up like this: “Okay, on to the news.”

    That said, I’m glad Gruber has maintained his access. We heard very little from Apple’s executive team before he started these interviews.

    June 27, 2020
  2. Fred Stein said:
    Joswiak was great. Summarizing. “The App is so much better for software developers large and small and tiny. And we’re committed to listening and making it better.”

    June 27, 2020
  3. Fred Stein said:
    Adding to Apple’s case:

    The App Store gives developers access to global distribution, and blocks copy-cat Apps, and provides a seal of approval (Apple blocks pernicious and pornographic Apps)

    But that is just the store. Apple provides developer tools, support, etc. which greatly amplify the developer’s labor.

    Compare that to what an Art Gallery provides a painter – a place in their Gallery for 50% of the sale – after some delay.

    June 27, 2020

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