Core Intuition

Core Intuition
Daniel Jalkut and Manton Reece discuss Mac and iOS programming, independent development, Apple news, and more.
316: They’ve Dialed In To Something
Feb 23 • 73 min
Manton and Daniel talk about Daniel’s HomePod experiences so far, including the best and worst of Siri’s behaviors. They speculate about how important the audio quality of the device will be to “regular people,” and compare it to other qualitative…
315: Causes For Celebration
Feb 8 • 67 min
Daniel talks to Manton about starting to use more in earnest, and fleshes out a rough strategy for what “weaning himself off Twitter” looks like. They talk about the struggles of Mac development, and working around bugs in an increasingly buggy…
314: The World Does Need That
Jan 27 • 51 min
Manton launches a new iOS beta for Sunlit, redesigned with support for Following up on Manton’s support burden. Daniel talks about ambition to follow up with customers after fixing bugs they’ve reported.
313: While We’re Complaining
Jan 21 • 60 min
Daniel and Manton talk about digging oneself out of customer support debt, and strategies for improving the efficiency of support mechanisms. They react to Apple’s disabling of free In-App-Purchases, and speculate about whether it was intentional or not.…
312: Unlock That Mystery
Jan 12 • 53 min
Manton talks to Daniel about just missing jury duty during a busy work week. They talk about the virtues of differentiating a product by both features and personality. Finally, they react to the Stellar cryptocurrency’s surprising value, and the potential…
311: It’s Been A Year
Jan 5 • 46 min
Daniel and Manton react to Intel’s “really bad bug.” They talk about Manton’s recent surges of PR, and balancing the desire to capitalize on that against the importance of preserving site stability. They talk about Apple’s acquisition of Buddybuild and…
310: A Non-zero Amount Of Dollars
Dec 22, 2017 • 74 min
Manton and Daniel talk about the major update to, and how to cope with demand as it either meets or doesn’t meet daily limits. They opine about the virtue of having a baseline product on which to build future updates. They react to Mark…
309: Can We Turn On This Money Faucet?
Dec 15, 2017 • 62 min
Daniel and Manton catch up on MarsEdit 4’s progress a week after releasing. They talk about the anxiety and fear of making a huge mistake when releasing, and the relief of discovering you haven’t. They reflect on the effectiveness of direct email to…
308: Why Is Daniel Weeping?
Dec 7, 2017 • 57 min
Manton and Daniel celebrate the launch of MarsEdit 4. Daniel shares the unlikely experience of literally weeping at his keyboard as he released it. They take stock of the challenges of getting 4.0 done, and talk about planning for a more predictable…
307: Wave Of Disbelief
Nov 30, 2017 • 56 min
Daniel and Manton discuss Apple’s massive root access security flaw, Apple’s reaction to it, and what the internal repercussions at the company might be. Daniel catches Manton up on his ambition to ship MarsEdit 4 as early as next week!
306: Unbending Wall Of Shame
Nov 23, 2017 • 42 min
Daniel commits to wrapping up MarsEdit 4 by December 1. Manton also looks towards wrapping up for a public release. They reminisce about Apple’s abandoned system-wide help systems, and review Daniel’s approach to going freemium with…
305: Every Week I’m Adding Something
Nov 18, 2017 • 46 min
Daniel and Manton close in on committing to release dates for MarsEdit and They weigh tough, last-minute decisions about keeping or cutting features. Manton admits to taking on new commitments as an event organizer. Finally, they talk about…
304: In Your Face, Literally
Nov 12, 2017 • 64 min
Manton got his iPhone X, while Daniel patiently awaits his. Daniel admits fault for having been dismissive about Face ID, and Manton concedes the iPhone 8 and X seem to be complementary hits. They talk about Daniel’s decision to migrate his web server,…
303: Apparent Lack Of Judgment
Nov 3, 2017 • 57 min
Daniel and Manton recap their experience placing pre-orders for the iPhone X, discuss Apple’s unusual PR strategy for iPhone X reviews, and debate the appropriateness of Apple firing an engineer for letting his daughter film a YouTube video of his…
302: I Don’t Actually Have A Boss
Oct 26, 2017 • 35 min
Manton and Daniel anticipate the night of iPhone X pre-orders, and the shame of waking in the middle of the night or order a phone. They catch up with their faltering ambitions to ship MarsEdit and, and acknowledge the merit of sharing…
301: I Was A Little Exhausted
Oct 20, 2017 • 54 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Daniel’s switch from PayPal to Stripe and choosing which version of macOS to require for our apps. Manton catches us up on his time at the Release Notes conference, and the two reflect upon Twitter’s latest troubles.
300: I Just Start Building It
Oct 11, 2017 • 28 min
Manton and Daniel celebrating the 300-episode milestone, and announce Core Intuition’s new Membership program. They talk about Manton’s trip to the Release Notes conference next week, and reflect on the benefits of indie conferences on the developer…
299: On A Very Slow Track
Oct 5, 2017 • 54 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Daniel’s struggle to finish and release MarsEdit 4. They compare notes about using the Wordpress API to import content, and Manton reveals he is working on a Mac app for They check in about the impact that…
298: Twitter Is Not A Sport
Sep 27, 2017 • 44 min
Manton and Daniel react to Twitter’s testing of longer, 280-character tweets. They discuss the merits of longer micro-posts, Twitter’s product evolution priorities, and the appropriateness of offering the functionality to only a subset of customers, and…
297: They Probably Have A Plan
Sep 21, 2017 • 60 min
Daniel and Manton talk more about Apple’s new product lineup, and the difficulty of choosing which products to buy, if any. They speculate more about the merits of cellular usefulness on Apple Watch, and compare the iPhone X with the also-great iPhone 8.…
296: I’m Almost Never Surfing
Sep 13, 2017 • 58 min
Manton and Daniel react to the announcement at Apple’s annual iPhone event, comparing notes on the allure of the iPhone X, Apple Watch 3, and new Apple TV. They talk about the impressiveness of all the significant product updates being made in parallel,…
295: Turns Out I Have To Write The Code
Sep 9, 2017 • 65 min
Daniel and Manton follow up briefly on Manton’s backup strategy, and catch up with Daniel’s progress with MarsEdit. They talk about the merits of using cryptopgraphic signing for software licenses, and balance the risks and rewards of combatting piracy.…
294: I Remain Unconvinced
Aug 24, 2017 • 46 min
Manton and Daniel react to Chris Lattner’s move to Google Brain, and whether it affects his continued involvement with the Swift project. They also talk about news divulging Apple’s focus on self-driving technology research for project Titan. Finally,…
293: This Might Make Sense To You
Aug 16, 2017 • 53 min
Daniel and Manton react to the Ulyssess text editor’s switch to subscription pricing, and debate whether users expect subscription software to require obvious ongoing developer investment. They also compare notes as they look toward finishing up on summer…
292: People Arriving Slamming Doors
Aug 11, 2017 • 33 min
Daniel and Manton are finally both at home again. Well, sort of. They compare notes about time spent working on JavaScript-based text editors, and the challenge of supporting two high level modes in an app. They talk about the new “Freelance” channel on…
291: Driving Home In One Day
Aug 4, 2017 • 38 min
Daniel catches up with Manton in Santa Fe, NM, on his way home from buying a used Volvo in Seattle. They chat about’s slowly expanding user base, the difficulty of working on the road, and options for crossposting from various services to and…
290: The Best Software That Doesn’t Sell
Jul 22, 2017 • 54 min
Manton catches up with Daniel, who is traveling in Santa Cruz. They talk about Daniel’s determination to push through on MarsEdit release plans in the face of enviable releases from other developers. They discuss Apple’s new Machine Learning blog, and…
289: A Little More On The Drastic Side
Jul 14, 2017 • 61 min
Daniel and Manton reflect on the MarsEdit 4 beta, the bugs it’s revealed, and the impact on Daniel’s schedule urgency. They also react to Apple’s purported “sense of panic” about the iPhone 8: is it a true indicator of problems, or just the status quo for…
288: Blogging Is Quote-unquote Dead
Jul 8, 2017
Manton talks to Daniel about his just-released MarsEdit 4 beta. They discuss the anxiety caused by sitting on unreleased features, and other rationale in favor of a public beta. Daniel talks about the anticipated income boost from the new version, and how…
287: All The Money In The World
Jun 22, 2017 • 47 min
Daniel and Manton react to Chris Lattner’s early departure from Tesla, and segue into speculation about his job prospects, and the challenges of effective technical interviews. They talk about the new frameworks announced at WWDC, and overcoming fear of…
286: Run To The Apple Store
Jun 15, 2017 • 51 min
Manton and Daniel compare notes on recent MacBook Pro repairs and the relative merit of purchasing AppleCare. They react to Tim Cook’s admissions that an Apple “car” project exists and is still underway. Manton looks on the bright side of “Planet of the…
285: I Got To See The Drainage Ditch
Jun 9, 2017 • 56 min
Daniel and Manton catch upon WWDC, and Manton’s ailing MacBook Pro. They talk about new hardware announcements and react to highlights from the Keynote. Manton laments Apple’s continued, slow progress with SiriKit, and Daniel is frustrated that HomePod is…
284: It’s Gonna Be A Busy Week
May 26, 2017 • 37 min
Manton and Daniel chat about WWDC, what they expect Apple to announce, and what we think of it. They discuss Federico Viticci’s iOS 11 concept video, and limitations of prototypes vs. iterative design. Finally, they discuss Dash’s return to the App Store,…
283: Reset All The Things
May 21, 2017 • 58 min
Daniel and Manton discuss the new JSON Feed format and initial public reaction to it. They talk about Panic’s source code being stolen, and Daniel celebrates/laments his new MacBook Pro.
282: Try Crazy Stuff
May 11, 2017 • 47 min
Manton and Daniel react to new rumors of Apple’s “Siri Smart Speakers” standalone voice assistant. They follow up on the debate about Chromebooks vs. iPads in schools, Apple’s ongoing development of Workflow, and changes in App Store commissions. Finally,…
281: Just Use Twitter, Dad
May 4, 2017 • 44 min
Daniel talks to Manton about his challenges with server problems, and his successful fulfillment of accounts to Kickstarter backers. Manton talks about his strategy for shutting down social media in the wake of stress, and taking time to…
280: You Have a User Base
Apr 29, 2017 • 52 min
Manton and Daniel talk about Manton’s launch of to Kickstarter backers, then check in on Swift and the state of Developer Tools. Finally they talk about Apple’s affiliate program cuts, and the merits of avoiding reliance on a single platform or…
279: No Planned Updates
Apr 21, 2017 • 52 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Manton’s impending rollout of to backers starting next week, and the merit of picking a specific launch date and sticking with it. They respond to a listener question about accounting practices, and discuss Apple’s…
278: A Little More Urgency
Apr 14, 2017 • 53 min
Manton and Daniel react to Apple allegedly using private API from Clips, and what it means for their App Store Apps to enjoy special privileges. They talk about Daniel’s consideration of a freemium approach for the next major release of MarsEdit. Finally…
277: Appealing To The High End
Apr 7, 2017 • 67 min
Daniel and Manton react to Apple’s surprisingly transparent “roundtable” meeting with several members of the press, and celebrate the many positive signals coming out of the event. They engage in a friendly debate about the likelihood that Mac users will…
276: I’m Going To Say Yes
Mar 30, 2017 • 67 min
Manton and Daniel discuss the opening of the WWDC ticket lottery, and the correlated announcements about details of the WWDC Bash location, and Apple’s promotion of 3rd party events happening in the orbit of the conference. Manton reflects on his new…
275: A Completely New Thing
Mar 24, 2017 • 65 min
Daniel and Manton talk about Manton’s decision to hire Jean MacDonald as’s Community Manager, and the psychological effects of transitioning from a single to multi-person company. They also react to this week’s Apple announcements, focusing…
274: Actually The Business I Want To Run
Mar 18, 2017 • 57 min
Manton and Daniel discuss Apple’s short-lived restrictions on editing App Store descriptions, weighing the merits of adding more semantic fields to App Store pages, and supporting a separate review process for metadata-only updates. They talk about…
273: Unquestionably Viable
Mar 9, 2017 • 76 min
Daniel and Manton rethink WWDC’s Apple Bash location, and celebrate the recently announced scholarship program for the conference. They catch up with Daniel’s productivity challenges, and lament the discipline required to finish any major release. Daniel…
272: The Cheap Hotels Are Gone
Feb 28, 2017 • 66 min
Manton catches Daniel up on process, while Daniel bemoans a loss of motivation and focus in recent months. They discuss strategies for increasing productivity through personal rules and changes of habit. Finally, they reflect upon the news that…
271: Not Trying To Pile On
Feb 16, 2017 • 70 min
Daniel and Manton react to the promo trailer for Planet of the Apps, and discuss whether it lives up to Apple’s name? They compare the show with other reality television such as the Great British Baking Show and Project Runway. Then they revisit the…
270: Life Is My Office
Feb 10, 2017 • 50 min
Manton and Daniel talk about MarsEdit’s selection by The Sweet Setup as the “Best Mac WordPress Client,” and reflect on the psychological boost of having one’s work appreciated. They talk about the potential upside to Mac development and the privilege of…
269: Now I’m In For $20
Feb 3, 2017 • 59 min
Daniel and Manton reflect on Manton’s successful Kickstarter, and talk about how he’s planning to move forward. They also react to Apple’s earnings, and consider the implications for Mac, iPad, Services, etc. in the future.
268: Hey, Look At All This Money
Jan 27, 2017 • 66 min
Manton closes in on the last week of Manton’s Kickstarter, and Daniel catches up on his progress. They discuss new beta updates from Apple for both Mac and iOS. The react to Apple’s forthcoming review prompting system for iOS, and the ability for…
267: On A Boat In The Middle Of The Ocean
Jan 20, 2017 • 58 min
Daniel asks Manton about his Kickstarter progress, two weeks in. Manton talks about marketing for the Kickstarter, how many people watch the video, and how to transition from marketing the passionate philosophical backers, to making a case for the sheer…