Simple wallpapers

12 06 2018

and their relation to iOS development.

Distracting wallpapers? Not on my iPhone.

Think about these words of Sir Jonathan Ive, responsible for Apple’s iconic design.

“You have to deeply understand the essence of a product in order to be able to get rid of the parts that are not essential.”

So black is my preferred theme.

If you think about more than just wallpapers you’ll quickly find out that simplicity would also be a nice feature for operating systems.

Every year users and developers all over the world are involved in the vicious circle of bugs and more or less successful attempts to fix them. If somebody would do a cost-benefit analysis of an update I’m not sure about the results.

The irony of this oxymoron is that simplicity can be quite difficult. It’s not about what you can add, but what you can remove.

Does it really make sense to develop what’s technically possible but meaningless in our everyday life? For people with special requirements nobody would call innovative ideas applesauce but there are tens of millions of users just wasting their time with useless features (and bugs).

Customers appreciate bug-free operating systems and apps.

With every iteration of an OS – wether it’s iOS, macOS, Android, or Windows – customers are faced with problems they experienced already years ago.

Apple, just follow Albert Einstein’s saying

Intellectuals solve problems

geniuses prevent them.

Keep it simple like my minimalist wallpaper and focus on finishing products, testing them extensively and delighting customers with bug-free features.

Thanks for taking your time.





Calendar Attachments

17 04 2018

In some cases I’d d like to add one or more attachments to a calendar event, e.g. a JPEG, a PDF, a Pages, or an Excel document with more detailed information about it.

In my example I added the application form (PDF) to prolong my retirement visa for Thailand.

This is neither an option in Apple’s app Calendar nor in the calendar feature of Microsoft’s app Outlook. Only Google Calendar provides an option to add an attachment (from Google Drive) regardless of its file format.

Dear iOS developers,

please implement an option to add an
attachment via Files to calendar events.

Thanks.

If you would also like to see this feature in an updated Calendar app please send feedback on

Apple Feedback

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Vilfredo Pareto and iOS 12

2 04 2018

The Pareto Principle
A guideline for iOS 12 development
Thumbs down for feature proliferation

The Pareto principle, also known as the 80-20 Rule states that roughly only 20% of the causes affect 80% of the effects. Applied to iOS it would mean that just 20% of the bugs cause 80% of all errors. That’s at least what Microsoft found out with an error-reporting tool embedded in Windows and Office.

iOS 11 development and maintenance was a rocky road for both Apple and its customers.

Released on September 19, 2017 we had iOS 11, 11.0.1, 11.0.2, 11.0.3, 11.1, 11.1.1, 11.1.2, 11.2, 11.2.1, 11.2.2, 11.2.5, 11.2.6 as of March 9, 2018.

So iOS 12 is going to be an update that focuses heavily on bug fixes and refinements to the underlying code. According to Bloomberg, Apple was originally planning to introduce features that included a refresh of the Home screen with a redesigned app grid, a revamped CarPlay interface, improvements to core apps like Mail, and updates to picture-taking, photo editing, and photo sharing, but the company has opted to delay these features until 2019 in order to focus more heavily on making iPhones more responsive and less prone to cause customer support issues.

It shouldn’t be that difficult for Apple’s developers and testers to find that bugging 20% in their i -buggy- OS if the management successfully revamped the flow of operations.

But …

What’s forgotten is that these 20% are often the most complex, most difficult issues to correct and the most likely to spawn new problems as part of the correction process.

Now it’s your turn Craig (@HairForceOne) Federighi. Inner values count. Force your devs to make iOS 12 bulletproof.

More …

More about the Pareto Principle

Note

Don’t ask me wether it’s true that 80% of a swimming iPhone X is below, while only 20% is visible above the surface.

Thanks for reading.
iOS 12. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.





Consolidation Therapy

19 03 2018

After 10 years, Apple is totally changing the way it makes iPhone software.

Really?

Well, I’m in doubt about the success of this agenda. Today’s bugs are intelligent and powerful creatures and most often find a way to survive.

We only need time?

Let’s see what shareholders think about it.

More …

A new software cycle

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Bugs bug lots of users

26 12 2017

Apple, where’s your quality management?

Here is what you can do yourself to fix a problem with an iOS device. Try it out in that order.

Restart

HT201559

Restore

PH12251

Recovery

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If you can’t fix the problem with these procedures please contact the Apple Support, an Apple Store, or an authorized repair center. Note, you don’t have other options. Don’t trust in what you found on the Internet.

It cannot be excluded that it’s not your device but a bug in iOS that causes the problem. So please read what’s posted here about bugs or visit the

Apple Support Communities

Discussions about Apple Products

Hopefully your brain isn’t buggy too.





iOS internal Outsourcing Service

15 12 2017

for the the quality management of Apple

With the release of iOS 11, Apple developers made too many assumptions, breaking the fragile security/convenience balance and shifting it heavily onto convenience side.

Once an intruder gains access to the user’s iPhone and knows (or recovers) the passcode, there is no single extra layer of protection left. Everything (and I mean, everything) is now completely exposed.

More …

The rise and fall of iOS security

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As time goes by

26 11 2017

A Porsche 356 – build year 1954 – with a German Blaupunkt car radio and slightly improved versions of the radio and the ultimate 4-wheel mobile device, Apple’s CarPlay and the new 911.

According to Apple’s website,

“CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car. CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road. Just connect your iPhone and go.”

Apple CarPlay integrates with Siri to obey voice commands, but also works wonderfully with the vehicle’s touchscreen and control nobs. Apple CarPlay fully utilizes familiar iPhone apps, including Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, and a variety of others that can be easily added! Best of all, every major automaker supports Apple CarPlay, including and especially Porsche.

Note (The Verge)

Both Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto can turn regular vehicles into connected cars, but according to Porsche, one has a distinct advantage over the other. Motor Trend reports that the German car manufacturer went with Apple’s infotainment system over Google’s in its new 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S because the Android Auto agreement demanded too much data be sent to the search giant.

More …

2017 Porsche PCM Apple CarPlay

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