Well, it’s that time of year again. Predictions seem to be the thing to do, so here are mine. iOS is splitting into many forms at the moment. I think the iPhone flavour of iOS won’t see too many big changes, but the iPad version will do. Also, you can think of Siri as a whole new ajunctive OS that’s available in the cloud, though all Apple devices. Here we go…
- UI Refresh in line with the music app. Nothing too major. You will see more bold fonts and more colours.
- New music features. Because Apple has to keep driving this forward.
- Dark mode. OLED is coming and a dark mode is a battery bonus for OLED screens. It also looks cool. The interesting question is how developers will be asked to go about implementing this.
This is where the big stuff is bound to happen. Nothing happened in iOS10 so there is two years worth of stuff ready to go.
- Drag and drop has to be the number one most demanded feature. With split view this will solve so many of the iPads productivity whoes.
- New split view app picker. Because the existing one is just awful.
- A finder type app.
- Some Pro only feature to help differentiate the line up. Possibly pencil related.
- No 10.5 inch iPad just yet. WWDC just doesn’t seem like the time
- I think Apple knows that Devs are getting tired of waiting. So they need to show willing. They can do this by releasing new spec bumped MacBook Pros.
- New version of MacOs with extended touchbar support. I’m not sure what else. macOS is a thing of beauty and I’m not sure what more they can really add without changes to the hardware.
- Sports focused refinements
- A baby step away from the app model. Tres Vague.
- Amazon Instant Video.
- TV app comes to more countries.
- Lots of talk about Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karoke.
- No Siri Speaker announced because the devs need to get to work first
- New domains that heavily hint at the Siri Speakers imminent arrival
- New AI smarts
Ok, that’s 18 predictions. Lets see how I do.
Well, it took all of 2 days to happen. Despite the proclamations that the terrorists will not change our values, we’re already doing exactly that. Less privacy and troops on the streets.
Government officials appear to have briefed newspapers that they will put many of the most invasive parts of the relatively new Investigatory Powers Act into effect after the bombing at Manchester Arena.
The specific powers being discussed – named Technical Capability Orders – require big technology and internet companies to break their own security so that messages can be read by intelligence agencies. Government will ask parliament to allow the use of those powers if Theresa May is re-elected, senior ministers told The Sun.
From the Independent
There is no indication that it would have prevented Manchester, it would be almost impossible to implement and is gross violation of civil liberties. If it were implemented then it would cause no end of security issues.
All this comes one week after the NHS was taken down using an technique developed by a US government agency, and leaked online.
At best this is the government looking to give the appearance of action, and to make Teresa May look like the strong leader she isn’t. At worst it’s the latest step in a deliberate and continuing plan to erode civil liberties. Whatever the truth is, it’s a stupid move.
This whole “Strong and Stable” thing really never had any basis in truth. The PM is certainly aggressive but aggression is not the same as strong.
Good to see the media doing their job properly.
I’m not sure why I have such an obsession with this app. It is without a doubt beautiful in all its incarnations, but it’s by no means the most usable and it’s not close to being in feature parity with the likes of OmniFocus and Todoist. It is delightful to use though, even if too many taps are needed for simple tasks.
Anyway, suffice it to say I am excited by the imminent arrival of Things 3 and on my birthday no less. It was meant to be!
I truly hope that they’ve added functionality and not just updated the UI. Unfortunately the tease UI of the quick entry field does not bolster my hopes. Tags look to have been relegated to a selection item, and there is no sign of an option to attach files to a todo. There are a couple of new items, one of which looks like a flag option, the other is a mystery. Perhaps sub items on a task?
I guess I’ll find out on the 18th.
At what point do you uninstall and just use the web?
I’ve been working on an expandable / collapsable tableView as a component as part of a project. If it’s something you think you might find useful, you can find it on GitHub. You will need to customise it, but it’s simple to use and a good jumping off point.
Spent a couple of hours this morning putting together a little component for inputing and validating numeric key codes on iOS. If you have a use for such as thing, you can find the source code and a demo project on GitHub.
More than three years after its announcement, it finally looks like Cultured Code is about to release version 3 of its task manager, Things. Things is the most beautifully designed task manager I have ever used, and I used it and stuck with it for years. A lack of significant functionality updates finally made me switch to Omnifocus, then to Todoist. I have high hopes that Things 3 will bring up to par with its competition. I would switch back in a hot second if version 3 offered;
- File uploads
- An email address to send tasks too
- An API to allow automation
Unfortunately, Cultured Code have not released any details about what version 3 will and will not do.