Tag Archive for ‘Benjamin Mayo’

iOS 13 Text Selection ➝

Benjamin Mayo, alongside a video where he shows the problems with iOS 13’s text selection:

In the WWDC 2019 presentation, Craig Federighi praised the new UI for text selection, saying “there’s no need to double tap and no magnifying glass getting in your way”. I remember doing a double-take when he said it because that’s not really true at all. The magnifying glass was a convenience, rather than annoyance. Getting rid of it sounded like it would be exactly the wrong thing to do, especially as there was no alternative UI affordance to fulfil its purpose.

The text selection system in iOS 13 is absolute garbage. I can never tell if I have my selection point at the right place because my finger is always in the way. This is especially irritating when you’re dealing with more precise selections, for example, when you’re ending your selection between a punctuation mark (like a period’ and a small character (like a lowercase L or I).

The loop is an essential piece of the text selection interface and the refinement is almost exclusively a massive step backward. I hope they revert this change in a future update. Or at the very least give us the option to re-enable it in settings.

(Via JF Martin.)

➝ Source: bzamayo.com

tvOS 13.3 Adds Option to Display Up Next Queue in TV App’s Top Shelf Extension ➝

Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Apple redesigned the Apple TV home screen with tvOS 13 allowing for full screen panoramic previews in the Top Shelf area. However, at the same time, it also changed the content of the Top Shelf for the TV app from the user’s personal Up Next queue to ‘What to Watch’, a selection of top television shows and movies chosen by Apple (essentially, a form of advertising).

This naturally caused a lot of complaints from users. Apple appears to have listened. In tvOS 13.3 beta, there is now an option in Settings to change it back.

It’s amazing to me that tvOS 13 shipped without the option to revert the TV app’s top shelf extension behavior. I went the trouble of transitioning away from the TV app because of this — to WatchAid. If I was annoyed enough to move away from the app entirely, I couldn’t have been the only one irritated.

➝ Source: 9to5mac.com

Apple Rumored to Release iPhone SE 2 Next Year ➝

Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Apple is set to launch the next version of the iPhone SE 2 in the first quarter of 2020, according to renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The new phone will be more affordable than the rest of the Apple iPhone lineup and feature newer internals, like an A13 processor with 3 GB RAM, in a familiar iPhone 8 chassis.

I wouldn’t mind seeing a new 4-inch iPhone in the lineup, which would allow Apple to serve a segment of the market that practically been abandoned by smartphone manufacturers. But I suppose a replacement for the iPhone 8 will have to do. I just hope they improve the camera system — it really is a massive leap forward compared to the iPhone 8.

➝ Source: 9to5mac.com

App Store Today Editorial Stories Are Now Available on the Web ➝

Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Apple has recently updated its App Store Preview pages for stories to allow users to view the full content of stories from inside their desktop web browser. App Store stories have always been shareable as links, but the web version was just a title and a navigation link to ‘open this story in the App Store’.

Between August 9th and August 11th, Apple has upgraded the experience and now includes full imagery, app lists and paragraphs copy in the web version. This means you can access the same content online as you would be ale to find in the native App Store experience.

A big step in the right direction. Maybe they’ll add RSS feeds next.

(Via Stephen Hackett.)

tvOS 13 Beta 2 Brings Picture-in-Picture to Apple TV ➝

Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Although strangely not mentioned in Apple’s WWDC keynote, tvOS 13 beta 2 has a nice surprise: support for Picture-in-Picture video playback.

You can now watch shows from the Apple TV app whilst multitasking around the rest of the operating system. Just like the iPad, Apple TV users can leave the video playing in a thumbnail window whilst they navigate the rest of the operating system.

This seems like the sort of feature that Apple should have demoed on stage. It probably would have received a greater response than PlayStation 4 controller support did.

iOS 12 Speed Test on Older Devices ➝

Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Remember, the version of iOS 12 in people’s hands for testing right now is only beta 1. Apple always iterates on stability and performance through the summer ahead of public release in the fall. What’s rather remarkable about this year, is that many people are seeing better performance on iOS 12 beta 1 than on the shipping versions of iOS 11.4. There is the occasional glitch or layout bug, but in general it looks like Apple is on a great path here.

Even Apple’s latest devices see noticeable improvements like more responsive scrolling, but the big wins are on older iPhones and iPads like iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. I asked on Twitter what people’s first impressions were of using iOS 12 on older hardware and the results were unanimously positive, with several people echoing the sentiment that it actually makes their old devices usable again.

I’m glad that Apple’s claims are proving true in real world testing. iOS 12 looks like it’s going to be a big deal for owners of older devices.

Apple Watch Activity Challenge for Veterans Day ➝

Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Apple will hold a special Apple Watch Activity Challenge to commemorate Veterans Day on 11 November in the United States. Apple Watch owners can earn a special badge and iMessage sticker for the event.

To earn the award, simply complete an 11 minute workout on Veterans Day. Accumulate time with the Workout app or a third-party app that adds workouts to the HealthKit database.

Apple should have challenges like this more often.

Workflow Team Has No ‘Further Updates Planned’ ➝

Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Via iGeneration, it seems that the Workflow app is in maintenance mode and unlikely to gain any new features in the foreseeable future. According to an email reply a user received from Workflow support, there are no ‘further updates planned’ for the automation app although they will continue to maintain its existing functionality — presumably with occasional bug fix releases.

I had unreasonably high hopes that Apple would continue to develop the Workflow app into something much more powerful than it is today. But unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case. We shouldn’t expect anything more than bug fixes going forward.

I don’t think most Workflow users will turn to alternatives anytime soon, though. Primarily because there aren’t any other good options. Launch Center Pro and Pythonista immediately come to mind, but one of them is too underpowered while the other has a high barrier to entry.

The last remaining hope for iOS power users is that the team behind Workflow are currently working on a replacement, built from the ground up within Apple, that will ship before Workflow no longer functions. We won’t be seeing any new features until then, but as long as what we have now continues to work, I think it’ll turn out okay.