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  • Instagram chief says iPad market isn't 'big enough' for native app

    For a bit of context, even on a site like ours (whose primary audience consists of apple fans, so you would assume it would skew higher in iPad use than most), tablet usage overall last year made up ~4% of traffic according to analytics.
  • How we ended up with the 'Pregnant Man' Emoji

    To ensure the integrity of existing gendered emoji and to preserve a long runway for future additions, "person" based emoji should never be encoded with a sex symbol. As such, the "person" and "man" variants' are in the process of being added as atomic characters
    In other words, due to the legacy use of the emoji and the importance of gender in its meaning, coupled with no modifier for non-binary because it's supposed to be the default, we are instead getting two additional independent variants. "Pregnant Man" (U+1FAC3) and "Pregnant Person" (U+1FAC4) will live alongside the original "Pregnant Woman" (U+1F930), breaking with convention.
    This is where you lost me. I've read this a bunch of times and I still don't understand. What does "legacy use of the emoji" have to do with anything?

    Why did they not simply add a new symbol for "pregnant person" and allow modifiers for "male" and "female", as (I think, if I'm reading everything else correctly) is the usual course of action? Then they would presumably deprecate use of the old emoji, without ever removing it. To make this clear, you might explain in detail how they handled other initially gendered emoji like the "turban" or "bunny ears" cases mentioned in the ESC comments.

    First off, thanks for actually taking the time to read. My big fear is I accidentally whiffed something technical while I was writing this up at 3AM 😬

    As per the last bit, I think the two things are connected. Maybe I can think of how to re-phrase it. "legacy use of the emoji" here is referring to backwards comparability. The standard action is not to create a new base emoji and deprecate the old one, but to replace the old one and then create the modifiers on top.

    What you are suggesting would certainly be possible, but (from what I can tell) would be a further deviation from the norm. The other caveat to keep in mind is that they themselves do not unanimously consider 'pregnant man' and 'pregnant person' to be the same thing as 'pregnant woman.' So even if they did address it in that fashion (and this is speculation) I'm not sure it would satisfy everyone in the working group. 

  • Bill Gates was ousted from Microsoft board over staff relationship

    Bill Gates is gross. 

    How the dude ever convinced Melinda to marry him is a mystery. 

    But then, the toad is the one who cheats? And he’s the one with the nasty vices? 


    He should be great full for anyone who ever shows him an ounce of affection. 

    Dude got used for his fame and fortune. And he sold his soul. 

    So sad. 

    Now, he’s not only gross, but old and gross. 

    Don’t know much about Melinda but she seemed sweet. 

    Dude deserves what is happening now. 

    Gotta feel for every wife, gf etc that actually loves their other half, but whose partners want to push some otherwise deal-breaking crap on them. 

    “Hep babe, I love you and our kids. But I am going to go get busy with Trixie every year for vacation. Every year. So be ok with that.”

    and that is likely just the top of the iceberg. 

    What a guy. 

    Dude was so distracted with filth, no wonder he got whooped by Jobs at every turn and didn’t foresee Ballmer driving the company into oblivion. 

    And if he is doing all this other stuff, the Epstein connection just begs for a further look. 

    Not going to end well. 

  • Apple debuts colorful 24-inch iMac with M1, upgraded camera and audio

    The chin is ugly, the grey outline is a huge head scratch for a company who is trying to embrace entertainment the way Apple is, the lack of ports on the low end (and lack of touch id on the keyboard) is kind of ridiculous. I was ready to pull the trigger on a new iMac for work, but now I guess I wait for WWDC and hope they're smart enough to not make the same mistakes on an iMac pro. 

    That said, this thing is going to sell like hotcakes to the masses. 
  • The Big Redesign Feedback Thread

    clinc said:
    It's better without the weird scrolling, but there's still way too much wasted space.  Just give us condensed summaries of articles in reverse chronological order.  Simple and efficient.
    The featured articles aren't going anyway guys, sorry. Feel free to use https://appleinsider.com/archives as your bookmark though.

    clinc said:
    It's better without the weird scrolling, but there's still way too much wasted space.
    We did put in a patch to do a word count on articles and not include one of the topmost sidebar elements when it's below a certain threshold. Should help a lot when we have shorter articles.

    This is an actual functional problem — search results pages don't work at all:


    Check it, links don't work — nothing is clickable except the nav bar.
    No one can reproduce this. Can you provide us with more info? (os version, browser version, device, etc.)

    amar99 said:
    Like some others, I’m finding the new design a bit disorienting. I mostly view the site on an iPad, and the second nav bar that “snaps” on to the top one is unpleasantly jarring when it shakes the whole page for its animated effect. 

    I’d rather have fewer links taking up space at the top. Ideally, there would be a fairly compact area at the top that would disappear when I scroll down, stories would be organized in chronological order so I would always see the most recent at the top, and individual headlines/teasers would take up less space on the home page so I could see more at once, rather than the three I can see now. 

    I also miss the stock ticker, even if it was broken much of the time.  
    I just came to the forums to point out exactly this jarring behavior. As soon as you reach the first article on the main section of the page, the toolbar jumps, and then the headline is cut off. Then we’re left with two toolbars which take up a decent chunk of useful screen space instead of getting out of the way and just letting us scroll down the page. How many hits do you actually get on those shortcut links? Fine to have them at the top of the page, but please don’t keep them around as we scroll down. Thanks!
    A fair amount, actually. Moreover there are SEO implications to that bar. I'll look into making it a bit less snappy/jarring.

    The stock ticker is missing on ipad because we just didn't have space for it and something had to give. It exists on mobile and desktop. I'm not sure how we can address that in the future. Tablets only make up like 5% of our reader base, so any tablet-specific fixes get lower priority = \