Tag Archive for ‘iPadOS’

Bottom Corner Gestures on iPad for Screenshots and Quick Note ➝

Filipe Espósito, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

But what some people don’t know is that there are two other ways to take screenshots on the iPad without pressing any buttons. For instance, you can swipe from the bottom left corner of the screen with Apple Pencil to capture a screenshot on the iPad. But even if you don’t have an Apple Pencil, you can use this gesture.

Not only can you configure a swipe gesture for taking a screenshot, you can also disable bottom-right corner Quick Note gesture. This is fantastic.

(Via Roger Stringer.)

➝ Source: 9to5mac.com

1Password Discontinues Share Sheet Extension

With the introduction of 1Password’s Safari extension, they’ve also discontinued their share sheet extension. This has managed to irritate quite a few users, including myself.

While the Safari extension is great, it doesn’t replace all of the functionality of the previous share sheet extension. Here are a handful of examples off the top of my head:

  • No way to auto-fill non-login data in third-party browsers or within a Safari View Controller, such as credit/debit card information.
  • Improperly designed login forms don’t work with the system-level auto-fill feature.
  • Applications that implemented a 1Password-based auto-fill system using the share sheet, often times using the 1Password logo, display nothing in the share sheet.
  • Users that still have iOS 14 installed don’t have access to the new Safari extension, leaving them out in the cold for a lot of auto-fill features, even in Safari.

It’s not great. And to make matters worse, there doesn’t seem to be a good reason for it’s retirement.

Dave Teare, writing about the decision in a comment on Reddit:

Now I can definitely see how you could want us to continue postponing the share sheet’s retirement. We’ve postponed it for a few years already so why not another year or two? We could have done that but maintaining three different features that all serve the same purpose (Password AutoFill, share sheet, and now the new Safari web extension) is a big ask. Something had to give and since the share sheet offers the least functionality that isn’t covered by the other two it was time to bid it adieu.

Okay, fair. But in the previous paragraph he wrote the following:

We did however stop maintaining it as it was becoming quite long in the tooth.

So if they had already stopped maintaining it, the claim that it would require additional work to maintain doesn’t really hold water. The sensible solution would have been to keep the share sheet extension in the app for some period of time alongside the Safari extension and then notifying users of its imminent retirement.

What irritates me the most is the lack of messaging. I had no idea the share sheet extension was even in consideration for retirement. One day I just updated the app and it was gone — it wasn’t even mentioned in the 7.8 release notes. At first, I thought there was some bug in iOS 15 causing the issue because I had updated around the same time it disappeared.

I’ll get used to launching the app and copy and pasting into Firefox, Safari View Controllers, and so on. But if I knew that this was going to be the case before it happened, it would have softened the blow a bit. The takeaway to all developers, if you’re going to be taking functionality away from users, at least let them know in advance.

1Password Teases Safari Web Extension Already Working on iPadOS 15 ➝

I’d really like to continue using Firefox on iOS, even though the experience is far from perfect. But the existence of browser extensions in Safari is just too darn appealing. I’ll probably switch back to Safari once I’m running iOS/iPadOS 15.

In an ideal world, though, Apple would offer a level playing field to third-party developers, letting them offer extensions too.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

Multi-Tasking on the iPad Is Actually Pretty Great ➝

Josh Ginter:

Certain apps work better than others inside the Slide Over deck, and when they’re optimized, their convenience is unmatched. I keep a calculator app in Slide Over at all times, I keep an iteration of all messaging apps in Slide Over, and I like to keep an iteration of the Files app available at all times. These kinds of “in-and-out” apps are exceptional for Slide Over.

I’m really underutilizing Slide Over.

➝ Source: thenewsprint.co

‘My Number One Complaint With Working on the iPad’ ➝

Matt Birchler:

Try as I might, the Files app won’t let me add more than 5GB of files even though the Settings app says I have tons of space (this is why I bought a 256GB iPad, after all). I can’t delete anything else because there’s nothing showing up in Files for me to delete and the Settings app doesn’t let me do anything because it tells me I’m swimming in free space. And yes, I’ve gone to “Recently Deleted” in Files to actually remove the things the system hadn’t purged yet.

This specific issue isn’t something I’ve run into myself, but the mysteriously large “other” storage usage problem would frequently plague both my wife and I. Luckily, Apple is a bit more generous with storage capacity than they used to be and that has essentially solved the issue. But iOS and iPadOS clearly aren’t good enough at managing local storage for you and the system should offer some more tools so that we can manage it ourselves.

➝ Source: birchtree.me

In Praise of the iPadOS Cursor ➝

Jason Snell:

Apple didn’t just copy Mac cursor support and paste it into iPadOS with version 13.4. This is a careful, considered set of additions that rethink what a cursor should look like. And apparently it should look like an adorable round sticky color-changing blob.

The cursor in iPadOS 13.4 is very thoughtfully designed. It’s downright delightful to use. But beyond that, I have two distinct impressions of this feature:

  • I don’t expect I’ll actually use it too often. My time on the iPad is far more laid back — I primarily use my iPad on the couch and in bed, which aren’t ideal locations for a trackpad. I suspect the majority of the time I’m using it will be the times when I’m editing/writing text with a keyboard attached.
  • I don’t think I like the snapping nature of the cursor encompassing buttons as it goes near them. It’s a bit more jarring than I prefer and my brain is having a hard time tracking the transition from the round cursor to a feint square that surrounds the button. Luckily it can be disabled from Settings > Accessibility > Pointer Control, the “Pointer Animations” option.

These opinions could change over time, especially if I purchase the Magic Keyboard with the built-in trackpad. But I’m so happy that this feature exists. If only because it seems to be encouraging less enthusiastic iPad owners to reconsider the platform.

➝ Source: sixcolors.com

The New iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard With Trackpad ➝

Federico Viticci’s excellent overview of the new iPad Pro, iPadOS 13.4, and the Magic Keyboard with trackpad that was announced this past Wednesday.

I ordered an 11-inch, 128GB, space gray, WiFi-only model shortly after seeing news of the announcement. It’s scheduled to arrive in a few days and I plan on sharing my impressions of the device soon afterward. The iPad hardware itself seems like a nice evolution from the previous iPad Pro, but the new system-wide mouse cursor and the trackpad built-in to the Magic Keyboard feel like a massive leap forward.

I briefly played with the mouse support built-in to the existing release of iPadOS, but it never really felt fully baked. What they have in iPadOS 13.4 looks significantly better, though. I haven’t had a chance to actually try it yet, mostly because I’ve been avoiding betas on iPhone and iPad. But I’m excited to take it for a spin when it’s released on Tuesday.

➝ Source: macstories.net

A Fix for iPad Multitasking ➝

A good solution to the iPad’s multitasking problem from Ryan Christoffel. In short, he thinks the long-press contextual menus that appear on app icons should include options for split view and slide over. I think this is a great idea, but I’d still be concerned about discoverability.

I hesitate to advocate for an omnipresent menu that could be used for these type of system functions, but I’m not sure how else you could include advanced features like multitasking in any other way without always dealing with issues of discoverability. At least with a consistent button in the system status bar there would be something indicating that options are available.

➝ Source: macstories.net