The Back-Button Edition Friday, September 11, 2020

A Step Back, by Nick Heer

I do not think it is always wrong for an app to have a back button; it is a mechanism that works just fine in a web browser and in file managers. But I think that this new breed of apps that try to bridge the gap between MacOS and iOS use this specific implementation of the back button as a crutch. It is an inelegant way of dealing with inelegant and unique design problems.

Epic Says ‘Sign In With Apple’ Will Keep Working For Fortnite After All, by Jay Peters, The Verge

When reached for comment about yesterday’s news, Apple told The Verge that it was not doing anything to stop “Sign In with Apple” accounts from working with Epic Games. So there’s some kind of discrepancy in who is telling the truth, as Epic is maintaining that Apple was previously enforcing the shutoff (and the way Epic is talking about it, still possibly could).

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'Apple One' Bundle Confirmed By Apple Music For Android, by Kyle Bradshaw, 9to5Google

With the latest release of Apple Music, version 3.4.0 beta, we find that Apple may have settled on the name “Apple One,” alongside an internal codename “aristotle.” These new strings in the app all but confirm that Apple Music will be included with Apple One when it launches.


Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Gains iOS Device Compliance Through Jamf, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

Jamf, the Apple-focused mobile device management vendor, has announced a deeper collaboration with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility by adding iOS Device Compliance.


Apple Releases Enhanced Sandbox Testing To Developers, by Hartley Charlton, MacRumors

The feature will allow developers to test their in-app purchases for a wide range of scenarios, such as upgrades, downgrades, cancellations, introductory offers, and interrupted purchases.

DetailsPro Is A New App That Lets Developers Create SwiftUI Projects On iPhone And iPad, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

The main purpose of the app is to enable anyone to create SwiftUI interfaces without writing any code. With DetailsPro, developers can imagine and create the main design of a new SwiftUI app using an iPhone or iPad.


Amazon, Apple, And Google’s Open-source Smart Home Standard Is On Track For A 2021 Launch, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

The group has announced (in the first major update since the standard was revealed) that work on the project is still ongoing, and it’s targeting a 2021 release, along with the first clear idea of what devices the standard is aiming to work with.

The Apple Watch Sport Band Design Is Now Commonly Copied, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

This design is so clever and, once seen and experienced, so seemingly obvious. And yet it wasn’t obvious, until Marc Newson designed it and Apple popularized it.

A Too Short Lasso, by M.G. Siegler, 500ish Words

So my advice to Apple would be the opposite of my advice to Netflix: release the full season of Ted Lasso all at once. Let people binge-mode it in a marathon, talk about it online as a whole and wholesome escape from our current reality, let it grow, and let the anticipation build for season two.

Bottom of the Page

There are two back buttons in Safari on macOS: one is the regular web-browser back-button that we all learnt to use since the days of Mosaic and Netscape. And then, there is a different back-button that appears when I navigate into the bookmark folders in the web browser. More than once, I've clicked on the wrong button to back up from a bookmark folders to the root level of my Favorites booksmarks.


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