I installed the first test version of iOS 12 right after the presentation that opened the WWDC 2018 developers’ conference. And today I can confidently state that Apple has managed to surprise us even if its speed.
Nevertheless, much of it has not been done at all or done completely wrong.
Until the final release of the operating system in September there is still enough time, and we know exactly what Apple developers need to pay attention to.
Siri shortcuts should be managed not only by voice
Last year, Apple bought the Workflow application along with the development team.
It is such an automation tool that is designed to facilitate regular routine activities on the iPhone and iPad.
It was on the basis of it that the company filed shortcuts for Siri, which learned to perform a whole sequence of actions after the activation of one voice command. And in the future it will really simplify life for all of us.
Today, until the end, it is not clear how exactly this option will work, but we are sure that in addition to voice commands, 100% are needed and the usual shortcuts on a separate widget or in a special application.
Imagine that you sit at a workshop and dictate the directions of Siri on it just inappropriate. Instead, you can press a couple of buttons and that’s how to run a pre-compiled script. So it would be much more convenient.
Apple time to make the 3D Touch more understandable and obvious
Imagine, technology appeared as much as 3 years ago, and for the first time it was added to the iPhone 6s. However, the activation of additional commands through pressing the screen with effort never really became massive and really popular.
Recently, about the 3D Touch, the designer Elise Kilik, who designs interfaces for mobile applications, spoke.
She insists that the technology does not become popular due to non-obviousness. Even experienced users do not always know where additional actions are available, and where not.
Buttons with actions 3D Touch do not differ from buttons without such actions. And she suggests correcting this misunderstanding with the help of any special. notation.
For example, you can add a small oval mark to the corner of each button that you can press hard. And I’m sure that it’s right for 100% – the developers will not have any difficulty adding this to the release of iOS 12.
Face ID in iPhone X it’s time to teach how to work horizontally
Face ID in the iPhone X on iOS 12 already recognizes the face not only in the familiar, but even in an inverted state. The case for small – to teach him to work with a person in the horizontal orientation of the smartphone.
This will make it easier to use the iPhone X Plus, which will be presented in September. It certainly will work with a horizontal tablet version of the system, and we just do not want to turn the device around.
Moreover, even today there are enough scenarios when you need to unlock the iPhone X in a horizontal orientation – even on the car’s mount.
Developers need to understand the nuances of iOS design
The other day Mikk has already drawn our attention to the annoying lack of the iPhone interface that has been dragging on iOS for several years.
When you press the pause in the regular “Music” it is clear that the button is not in the center , and this is a terrible misunderstanding of the system. It and other minor nuances of the interface must be fixed before the release of iOS 12.
Apple still needs to add a dark theme, and it will be
Many are surprised that at WWDC we were shown a dark theme for the new macOS Mojave, but did not bother to do the same for iOS 12. And it’s really strange.
In the menu “Settings”> “General”> “Universal access”> “Display adaptation” today you can turn on the smart inversion mode, which makes the light background of the interface dark and the dark elements light. But it works quite crookedly.
Nevertheless, Apple clearly has a plan to introduce a full dark interface to the final version of iOS 12. This is indicated by the dark elements that already exist in the system – for example, the music widget on the lock screen.
Most likely, the company did not begin to add a dark theme to the first test version of the system and talk about it, to separately emphasize all of its chips at the presentation in September.
Moreover, the iOS 12 code has already been confirmed by this.
iOS 12 hints at replacing users for the new iPad
In the tablet version of iOS, the possibility of switching between users with their set of settings, applications and content has long been suggested.
The fact is that many have already ceased to perceive the iPad as a purely personal device for work and buy it as a home portable device for all family members. Therefore switching between users would be a very good step.
In iOS 12 there was a hint of this opportunity. Face ID has already learned how to work with two persons on the iPhone X, and it is with it that the new iPad Pro should appear in the role of the main means for authentication in September – these events seem to me interconnected.
Activating the necessary user on the face would be a very successful and elegant solution, just in the style of Apple.
It is necessary to continue to make gestures from iOS 12 more convenient
With the release of iOS 11, Apple actually divided the development of the system into 3 directions: conventional, frameless and flatbed.
The latter two received a lot of new actions and gestures, but not all turned out to be really comfortable . For example, calling multitasking on the iPhone X with a strange swipe from below upwards still drives me crazy.
In iOS 12, developers have already fixed the removal of applications from multitasking. Previously, you had to immediately clamp one of the miniatures, and then swipe them from here, now you can immediately brush.
Moreover, they figured out the activation of the “Control Point” and the multitasking menu on the iPad. Now this is not a joint, but two separate menus, which are called by analogy with the iPhone X. It has become more convenient.
I’m sure Apple has enough other small gestures improvements in its sleeve that will work with the frameless iPhone, and the iPad is even more convenient.
It’s time to understand the connection of devices via Bluetooth
The other day, Nikita reminded us of another problem that has dragged on for iOS for several years. It’s about connecting wireless devices via Bluetooth.
Initially, you mate any device and use it quietly, but re-connecting the device is pain .
It’s not enough just to turn on the device, in most cases you also need to go to “Settings”> Bluetooth and connect to it from here.
Interestingly, the same happens even with AirPods or Beats headphones with a built-in W1 chip. But you can connect to them directly from the “Control Point”, simply click on the player with effort and change the source of the output.
There is a suggestion to open the list of available devices by clicking the Bluetooth icon in the same menu. This can be added to the final version of iOS 12 to deal with the misunderstanding.
Together with iOS 12 can show a new API for the X line
It seems to me that Apple has another trump card in its sleeve, which it saved for the presentation of the final version of iOS 12 in September.
The fact is that it is on it that the company should just show off the new iPhone, each of which will receive a frameless form factor and a front camera module True Depth. It is for the latter that a new API will be designed.
In the jungle of iOS 12, developers have already found a mention of the eye tracking function , which is implemented using the notorious monobrovi. It allows you to control the device at a glance.
There is a high probability that Apple will open full access to this API after the release of the final version of the system. I wonder how the developers will be able to use it in applications and games.
And in the end I’m more than sure that this summer will be filled with surprises, which we will gradually open new test versions of iOS 12. We look forward to the next with impatience.