The New-Affordances Edition Friday, June 9, 2023

For Many, The Key To Spatial Computing Success On Vision Pro Will Be Spatial Awareness, by Steven Aquino, Forbes

One of the unsung master strokes of building iOS is how Apple has taken that canonical framework and spun off multitudes in iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and now visionOS. The adage goes that familiarity breeds comfort, which applies very much to accessibility. That Apple’s solar system revolves around the sun that is iOS (at least under the hood) means a disabled person can effortlessly jump from device to device, all the while knowing things look and work more or less similarly. Vision Pro is no exception in terms of continuity; what sets it apart is the UI paradigm.

When I said we’re truly standing on the precipice of a new era, I meant it. It’s not hyperbolic in the slightest. The whole idea of “spatial computing” means new questions (and new affordances) for everyone.

It’s Time To Start Paying Attention To 15-inch Laptops, by Monica Chin, The Verge

But perhaps more importantly, I hope that a giant Air will elevate the 15-inch category overall. I hope it might do to its competition what the 13-inch Air did to the ultraportable space. That is: Put the pressure on. Make them sweat. Make companies figure out how they can make their top lines stand out.

No Man’s Sky Developer Shares How They Brought It To macOS — And What’s Next For Mac Gaming, by Roland Moore-Colyer, Tom's Guide

"I know that Apple cares about gaming on Mac, you can see that with support for Metal 3 and things like Metal FX Spatial and Temporal. The new Apple silicon has incredible performance and energy profile. There are an awful lot of Macs and Macbooks out in the world, and whilst maybe not everyone considers themselves a gamer, pretty much everyone does play games. I don’t see why it needs to be a niche.

Our small contribution is to bring our game to Mac to the best of our ability, to offer it for free to our large player base, and to start the journey there. We’ll listen to the community and continue to update the game on Mac, just like every other platform."

More From WWDC

WWDC: 18+ Ways Apple Plans To Make You More Secure, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

Vision Pro, Apple Silicon, Macs, new enterprise tools — and privacy protection were all among the many WWDC announcements Apple made this week.

Introducing these protections, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president for software engineering said: “We are focused on keeping our users in the driver’s seat when it comes to their data by continuing to provide industry-leading privacy features and the best data security in the world.

iOS 17 Finally Makes It Easier To Scan And Tap QR Codes, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Now, when you scan a QR code, the linked button pops up at the bottom of the Camera interface, right above the camera shutter button. This makes it easy to tap with one hand, and you don’t have to chase the button as it moves around.


Apple Is Ignoring Something Big About Augmented Reality, by Jeremy Littau, Slate

Vision Pro may someday live up to Apple’s lofty pitch, but acceptance that leads to mass adoption will depend on how users behave, and social rules around new technology take time. We can’t shortcut the awkward phase if we want to build social norms for AR/VR devices—and it will all be much messier than Monday’s pitch implies.

Chinese Censors Take Aim At AirDrop And Bluetooth, by Kelly Ng, BBC

AirDrop is especially popular among activists because it relies on Bluetooth connections between close-range devices, allowing them to share information with strangers without revealing their personal details or going through a centralised network that can be monitored.

But soon after Mr Xi secured a third term, Apple released a new version of the feature in China, limiting its scope. Now Chinese users of iPhones and other Apple devices are restricted to a 10-minute window when receiving files from people who are not listed as a contact. After 10 minutes, users can only receive files from contacts. Apple did not explain why the update was first introduced in China, but over the years, the tech giant has been criticised for appeasing Beijing.

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