The Add-Affordances Edition Sunday, June 13, 2021

Apple’s iPadOS 15 Breaks The App Barrier, by Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch

“I think you’ve got it,” Borchers says when I mention the spatial gymnastics, “but the way that we think about this is that the step forward and multitasking makes it easier discover, easier to use even more powerful. And, while pros I think were the ones who were using multitasking in the past, we really want to take it more broadly because we think there’s applicability to many, many folks. And that’s why the, the discovery and the ease of use I think were critical.”


Apple’s goal this time around, he says, was to add affordances for the user to understand that multitasking was even an option — like the small series of dots at the top of every app and window that now allows you to explicitly choose an available configuration, rather than the app-and-dock-juggling method of the past. He goes on to say that consistency was a key metric for them on this version of the OS. The appearance of Slide Over apps in the same switcher view as all other apps, for instance. Or the way that you can choose configurations of apps via the button, by drag and drop in the switcher and get the same results.

7 New Security Features Apple Quietly Announced At WWDC, by Carly Page, TechCrunch

While typically vocal about security during the Memoji-filled, two-hour-long(!) keynote, the company also quietly introduced several new security and privacy-focused features during its WWDC developer sessions. We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting — and important.

Apple Promotes iPad Pro In New Ad With 'The Little Mermaid' Musical Spin, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

In the ad, which features the main character using an M1 iPad Pro, Magic Keyboard, and Apple Pencil, multiple users can be seen struggling with their old PCs indoors while hoping that they can someday use an iPad Pro instead.

We Should Pull The Plug On Pointless After-hours Emails, by Pilita Clark, Financial Times

Long working hours kill hundreds of thousands of people a year, a groundbreaking World Health Organization study said last month. More than 55 hours work a week can be risky, it found.

No wonder governments around the world are facing rising pressure to give workers something long considered a suspect novelty — the right to disconnect.

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I need to spend more time watching the latest WWDC videos. Easier said than done, as one app icon is Apple TV+ tempting me.


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