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  • Rogue heart rate app highlights flaws in Apple's closed-door review process

    This is especially egregious, but one interesting tidbit is that you can change the amounts of in-app purchases _after_ approval, AFIAK. That doesn't excuse other issues in this app, but that part of it may have shown $1 when the app reviewer was checking it out.

    If Apple honors refund requests and quickly eradicates the app, that helps. It would obviously be best if this type of thing never got on the store. Sad to say that it only takes a few cracks in the walled garden to make it much less appealing. I prefer the walled garden though, it's generally much more peaceful. :)
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  • Use your new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil with these updated apps

    Apparently it does use a captive touch surface in the third closest to the tip (and not just on the flat side), and it could, in the future, support other types of gestures like sliding with iOS updates. Probably tough to get that right, though, as you don't want false triggers based on just moving the pencil in your hands. I could imagine a sort of tap and slide? In an art program, it could be very nice for changing the opacity or size of the brush incrementally while sliding, without bailing to the side interfaces.
  • How to turn the iOS 12 keyboard into a trackpad on any iPhone or iPad

    I suggest this article get a refresh for clarity. It tries too hard to explain the processes for every type of device at once, but the comments, here, have done a better job of parsing out the different interactions necessary.

    Especially this bit by wrotaz needs to be included because I couldn't figure it out on my own and it's much more comfortable than using 3D force touches to do it.
    wrotaz said:
    Without 3D Touch, after long pressing the space button, while moving the cursor, tap keyboard with another finger. It changes the mode from moving to selecting. 

  • How to turn the iOS 12 keyboard into a trackpad on any iPhone or iPad

    This has been around since copy and paste - what's all the fuss about? You've been able to move your cursor with your finger, tap to select words, then whole sentences... for what 5 updates?!  WTF people!?
    This is different and better. Maybe you didn't read carefully enough, or just misunderstood. Using the entire keyboard area as a trackpad to move the cursor around is much less fiddly and much more precise than the old method.
  • New report backs claims 2018 iPhones will support Apple Pencil

    I hope Apple has better ideas than this. The Pencil is definitely overkill for the iPhone.You can already buy 3rd party styluses for iPhone & iPad
    Especially for the smaller screens, the precision and accuracy of Apple's own pencil is an entirely higher level of utility than the 3rd party solutions.

    I really do hope they have an Apple Pencil 2.0 coming along with this. Could go with new iPads, too. There are many, many usability areas that could be improved in Apple Pencil, even if the primary functionality is great. Phone compatibility will force Apple to design with a greater focus on storing, carrying, charging, and even setting it down without losing it.