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Live-commenting WWDC 2020 on Monday, June 22

The icons are jelly and that’s annoying:

Oh, there’s a portal in the fountain at Apple Park.

The Mac is moving to Apple-made processors for top performance. This is good news.

iOS & iPadOS apps run on the Mac without any changes needed. Catalyst was a short-term thing.

Instead of credits at the end there’s an assurance that Apple took care so nobody would get infected. Sign of the times:

Tuesday, June 23

These tiles have a nice look:

Wednesday, June 24


Also, inconsistent use of articles.

Friday, June 26

The empty-space-to-the-right issue has been solved. My project illustrations now take up almost the entire screen width. Looks stunning:

Apple can charge developers 30% if it wants to

Pavel Durov, via Twitter:

Apple and Google impose an insane 30% sales tax on all digital goods sold on every mobile phone in the world. The result – users pay higher prices, start-ups and entire industries get destroyed or never appear. Regulators have been ignoring this absurdity for 10 years.

The solution to end Apple abuse of monopoly power is simple: allow users to install apps directly or via alternative app stores, not just through the Apple-run App Store that imposes the 30% cut, censorship and lack of privacy. Just replicate how apps get installed on desktops.

I am surprised that Pavel wrote this as a self-described libertarian. Libertarians, after all, are “believers in a political doctrine that emphasises individual liberty and a lack of governmental regulation, intervention, and oversight in matters of the economy (‘free market’)”.

Apple makes both software and hardware to make the experience of using its products as magical as possible. Of course, they take advantage of this power and try to lock people into their ecosystem. I have experienced this many times myself, and I don’t appreciate it.

It is tempting to regulate these actions, but that would be socialism: giving couch potatoes the earnings of the hard-working. Nobody forces anybody to use Apple products, so there is no need to regulate Apple’s actions.

People who don’t like being locked in can make and use alternative products. For instance, I recently moved my emails, calendars, reminders, and notes from iCloud to Posteo, which I greatly recommend.

 No comments   7 mon   Apple   ecosystems   freedom   regulation

Apple’s strategy for the future

At WWDC this June, Apple announced that it would let developers easily port iOS apps to the Mac. This new procedure opens up a door to a broader intention: porting stuff from different platforms to others.

When Apple makes software the usefulness of which may not be obvious, think ahead. To make good AR goggles, Apple needs apps. But talking about future products is harmful, so Apple can’t invite over too many developers to work on the alpha. That’s why Apple introduced ARKit now. Apps are made now, to be used now. This makes people interested in new technologies, now. It isn’t comfortable to poke around with an Ikea sofa model on a phone, but it will be with goggles.

Think Memoji is stupid? I did think so too, until I realised how it will scale in the future. Apple is getting people prepared to get used to having a live virtual avatar. In two years, it will be indispensable for AR interactions.

When 2020 comes, all Apple has to do is make a porting mechanism for ARKit iOS apps to aOS, and sell the goggles. Instant success.

 No comments   2018   Apple   business   design   development   strategy   technology

The first website in the world with “prefers-color-scheme: dark”

As Apple begins the dark mode revolution, it wants it to be everywhere. I love dark mode, and I agree. A couple of days ago they released a new version of the Safari Developer Preview with support of the CSS feature “prefers-color-scheme: dark”. There is only one website in the world that supports it, and I happen to really like it.

It’s really simple to take advantage of:

@media (prefers-color-scheme: light) {
//code that is//

@media (prefers-color-scheme: dark) {
//code that changes//

Yep, it’s my website.

 No comments   2018   Apple   CSS   my projects   my website

My wishes for iOS 13

With iOS 12 being a booming success, it is a small step away from being ideal. Here are my wishes for iOS 13.

A results oriented home screen. Make it so that the home screen (and the whole OS in general) helps the user get their task done, and not send you to an app where the task could be done. Yes, this means that apps will split into usage scenarios, and that’s fine. Combining the notification centre and the home screen may also be useful. “Shortcuts” is phase one—a shake-up of the home screen is what will make this vision mainstream.

Dark mode. I love macOS Mojave’s dark mode and I can’t wait for it to come to iOS. There’s no need in explaining why it is so awesome.

A thinner Safari scrolled by address bar. I’m pretty sure this is just a bug, so it should be easy to fix:

Volume controls that don’t intrude. Seriously, how isn’t this still a thing?

Adjustments to the control centre. Give me the option of getting rid of this indicator. I know that that’s where the control centre is! Remember Steve Jobs’s iPhone announcement? Buttons and controls can change on a touchscreen, so it is obvious to let me customise my device.

It would be useful if I could turn off lock screen data controls, so a potential thief wouldn’t be able to stop me from finding my device. Currently, the control centre is disabled on my lock screen because of this.

 No comments   2018   Apple   user interface

Device names

Companies, fix your device names! When a first-time customer sees your phone offerings, they have no idea what to pick because it is impossible to find out when something was released without doing research.

Here’s a bad example: Watch Series 3, iPhone SE, iPhone 8, iPhone 8+, iPhone X, iPad mini 4, iPad (5th gen), iPad Pro 10.5, iPad Pro 12.9, iOS 11, macOS High Sierra. Ugh!

Apple always strives for the perfect, but as more and more models of products are released, some customers can’t keep up.

Here’s the right way to do it: Watch 2017, iPhone mini 2017, iPhone 2017, iPhone Plus 2017, iPhone X (no need for a year until next year), iPad mini 2017, iPad 2017, iPad Pro 10.5 2017, iPad Pro 12.9 2017, iOS 2017, macOS 2017.

Feel free to contact me for naming advice (for anything, from devices to train stations).

 No comments   2017   Apple   naming