Tag Archive for ‘iOS 13’

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

The Stock App Experiment ➝

Josh Ginter switched to the stock Mail, Calendar, Notes, and Reminders apps after the launch of iOS 13, to see if the new versions would be suitable for his needs. In the end, he ended up switching back to the third-party apps he was using previously. But it’s interesting to read his reasoning as to why he prefers the third-party option in each of the app categories.

➝ Source: thesweetsetup.com

Greg Morris Quits the iPad ➝

I’m not nearly to the point where I’d walk away from the iPad, but iPadOS 13 is probably the worst operating system upgrade I’ve experienced. Shortcuts are inexplicably failing, the new text selection system is a joke, and there’s probably a dozen or so other annoyances that I come across daily. I’ve never wanted a Snow Leopard-like release more than I do now.

➝ Source: gr36.com

iOS 13’s Silence Unknown Callers Feature ➝

Dr. Drang:

In my experience, it does exactly what it says and has already saved me lots of time and frustration. It’s not that I often answered spam calls; I had already trained myself to almost never pick up a call that my phone didn’t associate with a contact. But I still had to stop what I was doing and look at my phone or my watch whenever one came in. Now that’s a thing of the past.

I just realized I hadn’t enabled this feature yet, so I went ahead and did so. I pay for Nomorobo to block spam callers, but for some reason I’ve been unable to refresh the app’s block list since updating to iOS 13. Hopefully this new system feature will work well enough that I won’t have to pay to block spam callers anymore.

➝ Source: leancrew.com

‘My Shortcuts Library’ ➝

Matthew Cassinelli, in his article announcing his Shortcuts Library:

Before this app, I never had engineering training and I didn’t know how to code – I am just a guy who likes taking advantage of the technology available to him.

For me, what was Workflow—and is now much-improved as Shortcuts—stuck out as a unique experience. The blend of drag-and-drop building blocks along with deep scripting capabilities and the access to the world of iOS apps on hardware like the iPhone and iPad was so unique – clearly Apple noticed this too – but it made me feel like I could truly take advantage of these mobile computers as real pieces of useful technology and not just the latest gadget.

I had a lot of the same feelings when I first started digging into Workflow a few years ago. Workflow opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me. No other automation tool clicked in the way that Workflow did and I was suddenly able to build all sorts of neat little personal scripts to streamline my life and smooth out the rough edges in iOS.

Workflow’s existence was the primary reason I was able to use iOS as my primary platform and gave me the ability to do more on iOS than I ever could on the Mac — despite everyone’s insistence that the Mac was more powerful.

Now that Workflow has become Shortcuts and is now fully integrated into iOS, I can’t describe how excited I am to see what folks like a Matthew and others have been able to build with a Shortcuts and share with the world.

➝ Source: matthewcassinelli.com

Apple’s Abysmal Mail Toolbar ➝

Craig Grannell:

On [iOS 12], you have immediate access to options that let you flag, file, archive/delete, reply, and start a new message. It’s not overly complicated, and it looks fine. Also: all these actions are fundamental to rapidly dealing with email. Now, you only get archive/delete and reply.

This change is a bit baffling to me. Why would Apple remove quick access to so many useful features in favor of this “archive plus junk drawer” setup? Luckily for me, the vast majority of the email I receive is simply archived. But for anyone that frequently perform other actions, this change is terrible.

But I think Apple can do better than simply reverting to the previous design. Why don’t they give us the option to customize these buttons, so that each user can have exactly the ones they want? By default, Mail can display the most commonly used options alongside a generic “more” icon. That can serve as the junk drawer for the rest of the options. And within that menu, Apple could also offer the ability to customize the order of each icon and whether it’s shown at the top level, directly below your email, or within the menu.

There was a time when Apple offered that sort of customization — remember the bottom tab bar in the old iPod app for iPhone?

➝ Source: reverttosaved.com

iOS 13.2 Fixes the HomeKit Grouping Issue ➝

One of the biggest annoyances since upgrading to iOS 13 is that HomeKit devices that contain multiple accessories are grouped into a single tile in the Home app. For example, we have a few of the iDevices Switches that contain a power outlet and a night light. Prior to iOS 13, those two items were separate tiles, but not the case on iOS 13.

That doesn’t sound too bad, but what that means in practice is that you have to tap into an accessory group to control an individual item. And for devices with multiple sensors, you can’t simply glance at the tile to see data, you have to tap to open the tile to see readings from each sensor.

But Aaron Pearce noticed that the iOS 13.2 beta gives you the option to ungroup the accessories so they can be controlled on their own individual tiles. Accessories are still grouped by default, but I’m glad we’ll have the option to separate them now.

➝ Source: twitter.com

‘iCloud Clusterfuck’ ➝

Craig Hockenberry:

The months since WWDC in June have been a terrible experience for both customers and developers alike and the literal center of the chaos was Apple’s iCloud syncing service.

For us, it all started with customers reporting lost Linea sketches in their iCloud Drive. Initial investigations led to a common factor: all of the people affected had installed the iOS 13 beta release.

And when I say lost, I mean really lost. Entire folders were either gone or corrupted. Apple’s mechanism to recover deleted files was of no help. The customers with weird folder duplicates were the “lucky” ones.

I installed iOS 13 on my iPhone relatively early on in the beta cycle. I ran into issues with Shortcuts and promptly downgraded back to iOS 12 a few days later. Since then, I’ve stayed far away from the idea of running the beta on any of my devices.

Here’s the thing, the data I keep in iCloud is just too darn important for me to take a chance with. Especially with beta releases like we saw with iOS 13.

Luckily, there is an eventual happy ending to this story, though:

Now it appears that the entire stack is getting rolled back and there won’t be new iCloud features in iOS 13 (at least initially.) I honestly think that’s the wisest course of action at this point. My only wish is that Apple would make an official statement.

If it’s broken, fix it before it ships. And that’s exactly what Apple appears to be doing.

I really like Craig’s suggestion for the future, too — iCloud simply can’t be a beta again. But I actually think having the ability to backup and restore all of your iCloud data is a more attainable first step that would mitigate a lot of fear from situations like this in the future. Essentially, Apple could prevent beta releases of iOS from touching iCloud data unless the service first confirms that the user has completed a download of an iCloud backup file. Then, if anything goes wrong, the user can at least restore from that point.

➝ Source: furbo.org