The Control Center

26 09 2016

which urgently needs improvements.

30% – 50% of the Control Center’s area (depending on the display Mode) is useless for me personally and I’m sure for many other users as well.

I do not use

AirPlay, AirDrop, Night Shift

but I would like to have an On/Off control for the cellular data connection. A smartphone is a personal device and so users do have their very personal preferences. The OS should reflect this fact.  

Apple, why is the Control Center in iOS 10 still not configurable? 

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Welcome to the iOS family 

16 09 2016

iOS 10
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

See this concept map (created with the app INSPIRATION on an iPhone 6S Plus) which shows all iOS versions in relation to all iPhone models on which they can be installed.

It started with compatibility to 2 models. Since iOS 6 the installation on the actual model and 3 predecessors is supported. With iOS 7 and 8 Apple’s mobile OS is ready to install on 5 models. iOS 10 now supports 7 iPhone iterations and these iPad models: iPad Pro 12.9″, iPad Pro 9.7″, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4th gen, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2.

 

 

Some people argue that less fragmentation isn’t as important as Apple officials tell us on the company’s yearly events. Well, stats about iPhone device share (Localytica, 2016) tell us that usually more than 60% of iOS users are on older devices (with a higher percentage for the iPad) but like to benefit from improved OS versions. This is proofed by extremely high adoption rates (about 80%).

Alan Kay is one of the key people who have shaped the way we are using computers today. He can be seen as the key scientist behind the graphical user interface and the object-oriented programming. Regarding Apple’s success the most important thing Steve Jobs overtook from Alan Kay was the belief that

People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.

Jobs made it to one of the core principles of Apple.

Less fragmentation is just one of the benefits Apple brings to its customers and it’s possible because they build both, hardware and software. Customers love the durability of their iPhones giving them an extraordinary resale value. Beside customers thousands of happy developers can see their apps running on old iPhone young timers, a not to be underestimated economic factor.
Of course not all features of updated operating systems are available for older devices. 3D-Touch for example needed a new touch screen technology.

Anyway …

“There is a huge difference between market share of units and usage share. We’re about selling the best and having the best experience and having the happiest customers. Happy generally means using more.”
(Tim Cook)

Start being creative. Read about the app

INSPIRATION

if you are interested in creating awesome infographics.

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Every app is an iLand

12 09 2016

iOS makes your iThing a high security zone

If you ever used a Windows computer you were faced with the problem of registry growth and fragmentation. Your PC accretes more and more into the registry and file system over time leading to Windows rot. Also, as every one of us has experienced – consumers and developers – a true 100% uninstall is almost impossible to do. You’re left with files and registry junk and other bits all over your system.


It might be interesting to learn about a completely different organization of apps you install on a device running Apple’s mobile operating system iOS. It limits your options to handle files but it levels up security. Don’t bother about bad guys. 

Every app is an iLand

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GPS Coordinates in Contacts

15 08 2016

It might seem like GPS coordinates can be added to a contact on the iPhone. When tapping a pin in Apple’s app Maps iOS provides the options Create New Contact and Add to Existing Contact.

The reality is that Contacts only supports storing addresses, not GPS coordinates. The location that’s actually stored in the Contacts app will not be accurate unless the GPS coordinates can be associated with an address.
This means that if the location is in a rural area or somewhere that doesn’t have an address that the Contacts app can identify, it will point to a different place. This can be miles away from your original pin location.

Poor.

In my humble opinion it cannot be called a feature but a BUG. So the address can only be used for postal purposes but in many cases not for localization.

But there is a solution using Google Maps.
Just follow these 3 steps.

1  Enter the GPS coordinates
e.g. 16.474533,102.897000
in Google Maps as the start point and a slightly modified address (last digit)
e.g. 16.474533,102.897001
as the endpoint of a route.

2  Tap on the actions menu (top right),
choose SHARE DIRECTIONS and then COPY.

3  Google Maps returns an URL
to the clipboard that you can insert in an URL field of Apple’s app Contacts.

Now you just have to tap on the URL in the contact to show a place’s exact location in Google Maps.

Apple Maps vs Google Maps …

Apple still has to do much work … and that’s putting it mildly. Let’s say it with Eddy Cue (SVP Internet Software and Services):

“There’s an evolving range of issues that customers have raised that we haven’t addressed, but we’d like to address.”

More …

Learning from Apple’s failures

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iOS 10 Preview

15 06 2016

Here is a great video about new features and an updated design of iOS 10 coming in fall.


It contains some remarkable improvements of 3D Touch. Take a look before you order an iPhone SE which doesn’t support this technology.

75 Features/Changes in iOS 10

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Reply with annotated PDF

7 06 2016

You receive a PDF via E-Mail and want to reply with some annotations.

1 Tap the PDF icon in your message to open a full screen preview.

2 Tap the screen again to reveal the toolbar, then tap the toolbox mail icon.

3 Use the annotation tools at the bottom of the screen to markup your PDF.

Note

There are a variety of tools available for marking up your PDF. They include a pen tool, a text tool, and the option to add your handwritten signature. You can adjust the font, font size and font alignment as well as the pen color and thickness. There is even a magnifier tool that can be resized and used to call out areas of the document by making them larger.

4 Click Done. The annotated PDF will be added to an email which is created as a REPLY to the original sender’s email. Add a short message and send it straight back to the sender for their attention.

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A little more

24 04 2016

Compare these two built-in apps of Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating systems.

Apple’s iOS offers two variants of the calculator (portrait and landscape) reflecting two degrees of complexity.


Dear Microsoft developers,

  • Did stats tell you that normal users need a square root button?
  • Paint has come off. Is it a bug or a conscious decision? Have you ever heard of one of the core principles of design? Color matters.

Just accept these beliefs …

“You‘ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around.”

Steve Jobs

“Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.”

Ferdinand Porsche

before designing touchable areas of mobile devices. Apple IDg does and that’s why we always get a little more.

Admittedly …

All that glitters is not gold.

Microsoft’s calculator offers some additional features like support for programmers, date calculation, and converters for volume, length, weight and mass, temperature, energy, area, speed, time, power, data, pressure, and angle. 5 stars for the powerful add-ons


More …

Designed by Apple in California

Summary of a noteworthy article by Susan Weinschenk, Ph.D., on uxmag.com about “The Psychologist’s View of UX Design”

PDF Adobe Reader

DOCX Apple iWork/Microsoft Office


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