The Everything-In-Disarray Edition Tuesday, May 8, 2018

iOS Design Inconsistencies Across Apple's Apps, by Benjamin Mayo

All the icons I’ve showed you here are from Apple’s built-in default apps. I expect them to set the standard for the iOS design language … but the reality is far from a perfect point. It’s scattershot, it’s a mess of competing visions. I couldn’t say what Apple’s human interface team wants the share icon to look like, let alone the structure and experience of iOS apps as a whole. Everything is in disarray.

What Do Security Updates Actually Fix?, by hoakley, The Eclectic Light Company

Apple makes great play of taking security seriously. Unfortunately, just now, that doesn’t include keeping users informed. When you can’t even trust the release notes for a security update, what can you trust?

People Can’t Put Their Phones Down, And It’s Ruining Museums, by Emily Codik, Washington Post

The problem is how we interact with other people, and whether anything will fill the void left by more traditional exhibitions. Freeing ourselves from Twitter and breaking-news alerts has never left more necessary. The etiquette that allowed for that in museums is gone — and it’s not phones, but people, who have ruined it.


Google's Gmail App For iOS Gains Snooze Button, Support For Sending/Receiving Money With Google Pay, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Google today updated its dedicated Gmail app for iOS to introduce two important new features, which include support for snoozing messages and Google Pay integration.


Apple Enforcing iOS 11 Support, iPhone X Resolution In App Updates, by Peter Cao, 9to5Mac

Today, Apple has informed developers that all new apps, whether updates or new submissions, will be required to support the iPhone X’s screen resolution, beginning in July of 2018.

With this new rule, means that all apps must now be built with the iOS 11 SDK, in addition to supporting the iPhone X’s edge-to-edge display.

Setting Up An iPad For Coding Is My Greatest Feat As A Computer User, by Paul Miller, The Verge

But I’m older and wiser now, and after an entire Saturday spent bashing my head against a wall, I’m happy to report that I can use a $799 tablet computer to write software. Will I ever actually use it for this purpose? Maybe! But we’ll get to that.

Feel free to follow in my footsteps if you, too, wish to code on the iPad. I can’t promise you it’s a worthwhile destination, but I learned a lot on my way there.

Microsoft Brings Its Visual Studio App Center Lifecycle Management Tool To GitHub, by Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch

Late last year, Microsoft launched Visual Studio App Center, its new unified mobile app development lifecycle solution for developers who want to write iOS, Android, Windows and macOS apps. The service allows developers to automate the building, testing, distribution and monitoring of their Objective-C, Swift, Java, C#, Xamarin and React Native apps through a single service.

As the company announced today, it is now partnering with GitHub to make Visual Studio App Center natively available in GitHub through the GitHub marketplace.


Apple Agrees To Settlement In Shareholder Derivative Complaint Over E-book Antitrust Case, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

More than two years after Apple was forced to pay out $450 million to resolve an e-books antitrust case, the company is looking to close the book on the long-running debacle, and on Monday informed shareholders that it has agreed to stipulations for settlement of a lingering derivative complaint.

Microsoft Tries A New Role: Moral Leader, by Nick Wingfield, New York Times

“The irony for Microsoft is that they lost in search, they lost in social networks and they lost in mobile, and as a consequence, they have avoided the recent pushback from governments and media,” said David Yoffie, a professor at the Harvard Business School. “This has given Microsoft the freedom to take the high road as the ethical leader in technology.”

Since taking the reins at Microsoft in 2014, Mr. Nadella has brought a more sensitive style of leadership to the company than his two predecessors, Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates. That shift has proved to be more suitable for Microsoft in this era.

Google’s Got Our Kids, by Joanna Petrone, The Outline

The issue isn’t that Google has nothing of value to offer schools — clearly, it has — but rather at what price are we buying it. If it’s too steep we might want to recall lessons from our own educations, not about how to be savvy, polished consumers of technology, but about how to be citizens.

Bottom of the Page

I can put an analog clock on the menu bar in macOS, but it wasn't very useful because the clock face is very small. Dear Apple: how about giving us the option to put an analog clock on the iPhone's lock screen too?

Maybe, if more kids see analog clocks more often, they will be able to tell time the old-fashioned way. Then we don't have to rewrite all the board-game rule-books just because the players cannot differentiate between clockwise and anti-clockwise. And I hope teachers will have an easier time teaching magentic fields too.



Well, I watched the first episode of the fourth series of Sherlock last week, and I came away with the impression that the whole episode was a mess.

Then, last night, I finished watching the last episode of the fourth series of Sherlock. And this, my dear Watson, was an even bigger mess.


Thanks for reading.