Monday, May 7, 2018

All apps must support iPhone X resolution starting in July →

From the Apple Developer site:

Starting July 2018, all iOS app updates submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK and must support the Super Retina display of iPhone X.

Apple is very generous when it comes to enforcing new standards, such as this. I won’t pretend to know the complexities that are managing the design of an app with a significant user base, but using apps that still aren’t updated for iPhone X is a glaringly bad experience. For instance, the Roku, Ring, and Alexa apps were only recently updated to support the Super Retina Display. Up until then, I used to twinge every time I had to launch one of them.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

3D Touch App Switcher gesture to return in future iOS 11 update →

Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi in an email reply to a MacRumors user:

Hi Adam,

We regretfully had to temporarily drop support for this gesture due to a technical constraint. We will be bringing it back in an upcoming iOS 11.x update.

Thanks (and sorry for the inconvenience)!

I’m glad to see this coming back, but I wonder what the technical constraint was. Maybe something to do with iPhone X? Speaking of which, I wonder if it will even be enabled on iPhone X; it’s much less needed there due to the new navigation gestures. Either way, I’ll enjoy seeing it return to the iPhone 7 I use for work.

One other thing they need to bring back is quick access to Spotlight Search from Notification Center. I’m not talking about the existing one in the Today/widgets view, but the one where you could pull the Notification Center shade down just a little bit, release, and get to Spotlight Search. I used this so much to quickly get into another app.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

iOS 11 Review: Most Meaningful Features


iOS 11 is out today, beginning at 10AM Pacific. I’ve been using it exclusively on my iPhone 7 Plus and iPad Pro 10.5-inch since the developer beta was released back in June. I have to say, this is probably the most jam-packed iOS release Apple has ever published. There are so many features, but I’m going to give you my thoughts on the ones I believe are most meaningful and important after using them day in and day out.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

3D Touch gesture for App Switcher deliberately removed from iOS 11 →

Confirmed by Apple Engineering via a bug filed by @irace on Twitter:

This actually pisses me off. I used this SO much before iOS 11 and had been hoping it was only a bug or temporary. It seems this is sadly not the case. For the unfamiliar, this was a fantastic gesture that proved even faster than using the home button to engage the App Switcher and last app. It was a somewhat hidden gesture. Even though it was demoed in the iOS 10 keynote, most people don’t know it exists because it’s not intuitive and there are no indicators the gesture exists. However, it was awesome for those that did know of it.

How it worked

  • 3D Touch the very left edge of the screen/bezel.
    • If you did this again, the App Switcher would ‘pop’ into view.
    • Alternatively, if you then dragged your finger about halfway to the right, the App Switcher would appear.
    • Alternatively, if you then dragged your finger all the way to the right, you would end up in the last used app.

Part of me wonders if this will either be re-introduced as an iPhone 8-only feature or if it’s making room for another edge gesture. If the rumors are true and the iPhone 8 has an edge-to-edge screen with no home button, my bet is a 3D Touch edge gesture on the bottom bezel will replace this functionality. We’re already halfway there with a non-moving home button and an improved Haptic Engine in the iPhone 7.

Either way, I will seriously miss this gesture. Having to retrain my muscle memory to use the home button every time has been a bit annoying.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

PayPal’s CEO seems awfully defensive about Apple Pay’s person-to-person payments feature →

Come iOS 11, Apple Pay will allow for person-to-person payments, competing with PayPal, Square Cash, and Venmo. PayPal’s CEO, Dan Schulman, comes across defensive as he tells The Telegraph the reasons why Apple can’t succeed:

“We own the full value proposition. Apple can never do that because they don’t do the risk associated with it, they don’t do the onboarding, they can only provide what they hope is a good user interface. We try to provide that end-to-end value proposition and very importantly we do it across operating systems”

Has any company ever made a similar claim about Apple and been accurate about it? You’d think they’d have learned their lesson. This will make for a nice, steaming bowl of claim chowder down the line.

From Palm’s Ed Colligan 1, to Michael Dell 2, executives just can’t help from being defensive when Apple entrenches on their turf. Add Dan Schulman to the list.

Here’s the reality: nobody cares about the ‘full value proposition’. People just want a super-easy way to pay each other. As far as being cross-operating system capable, I’d wager that doesn’t bother Apple, because they’re in the market for selling devices. It makes for an even more compelling reason to have an iPhone, and will instantly have a huge user base thanks to the millions of iPhones in the United States adopting iOS 11 in the fall. Seemingly no sign up will be required for current users of Apple Pay with a debit card.

As for the competition, Venmo and Square Cash are great. I love how Square Cash deposits instantly, but more people seem to use Venmo. Either way, I hope Apple Pay’s new system will enable immediate deposits, so I can stop using anything else and just have people sign up for Apple Pay if they haven’t already.

6/20/17 at 5:00pm Pacific

Quite apropos, today PayPal announced they are bringing instant payments to their platform.

PayPal users in the U.S. will soon be able to instantly transfer money to their bank accounts via eligible debit cards linked to their PayPal account. We expect that funds will typically be available in your bank account in a matter of minutes, although some banks may take up to 30 minutes. Our beta of this is now available to select PayPal users and will be made available to all U.S. PayPal users with eligible Visa or Mastercard debit cards over the coming weeks and months.

The issue aside, PayPal is just a horrible company. They have a terrible track record, and the number of horror stories are deeply concerning. Take this story about the legendary destruction of a $2,500 violin for example. Seriously, don’t use PayPal unless you absolutely have to (eBay).

  1. On the original iPhone: “PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.” 
  2. When asked what he would do to fix Apple in 1997: “I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.” 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Bullish on iPad

Photo Credit: Livin4wheel

Tim Cook, talking about iPad on the July 2015 earnings call:

I am still bullish on iPad…I think iPad upgrade cycle will eventually occur. We’re 6X greater in usage than nearest closest rival. It’s a fantastic product. I see a lot of runway.

iPad was introduced in 2010 by Steve Jobs as a growing market need for a post-Netbook device (remember those?). It was the first truly mainstream tablet, and came at a surprisingly low price (for Apple). During its introduction keynote, this below slide was poised to position the iPad between use cases for a laptop and a phone.

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The best of Apple's WWDC 2017 announcements

Amazing and inspiring words from the world’s biggest company. I usually can remember all the top features after an Apple keynote, but this one was SO packed, I had to go back and check things.

Apple was flying through their keynote at a blistering pace, and needingly so. They presented a ton of new features (and new hardware) across their line. Here is the top stuff that caught my attention. You can also replay the keynote.

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