on the iphone x and ios 12 gestures

Conceptually, I still miss the home button a bit – there was something nice about how it was “out of band” from every app-interaction  – it was kind of reassuring that to know you were communicating directly with the device, and unlike a gesture it was tough to do accidentally. Also, the home button was always trivial to locate, no matter how you were holding the phone – if an app has switched into landscape mode, even though there’s that marker line, the direction to swipe might not be instantly clear… More at Kirk’s UI Dev Blog.

Good stuff as ever from Kirk.

Now this is how you do support

I emailed the developer of Step It Up to ask a couple of questions regarding how it works on the Apple Watch Series 4. It is the first app I have found that feels as if it could replace the Fitbit system for me and at an extremely competitive price. Anyway, I waited a couple of days and received the following which is personal, information and enthusiastic. How often do you see that?

Hi Shaun,

I’m sorry for my late response to your email you sent over the weekend, I’m a graduate student studying clinical psychology and still getting adjusted to the new semester.

Thank you for the kind words regarding Step It Up, I’m glad to hear that you like it. I’ve heard from a number of users that Step It Up really helped them transition from the Fitbit to the Apple Watch. Step It Up does have support for most of the complications supported by the old Apple Watches, I’m putting the finishing touches on the complications for the Series 4. Please keep an eye out for an update around the end of this week or over the weekend. If you use any of the other faces besides the infograph faces you’ll see Step It Up in the complication menu.

In regards to the kg – pounds bug, I am aware of a bug causing them to switch from time to time. I just implemented a new way where the kg/pounds would be set automatically for the user based on their region, but it seems to be causing a lot of issues for users who use kilograms.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.

Best wishes,

The app is available here and trust me, it is well worth a download and a subsequent purchase.

Apple’s new iPhones didn’t wow consumers

The reaction to the unveiling of a new generation of iPhones this week was “lackluster” compared with prior new smartphone announcements, which could bode poorly for Apple’s stock, according to a data firm that tracks social media sentiment and market behavior.

The tracking of thousands of social media posts pointed to a marked decline in the number of people interested in buying the new technology, according to LikeFolio founder Andy Swan… More at CNBC.

This is hardly a surprise because the updates are mainly internal with almost no singular hardware change that feels completely new.

The Xs Max is of course new and comes with a huge screen, but with prices from £1,049 to £1,449 this may not sell in huge numbers. The Xr looks like the best bet at £749 and up and of course the iPhone 7 is now priced very competitively.

For me, this will be the first year that I do not upgrade because there is no change required for freelance work and the X is serving me perfectly well. This could be the case for many as well, but it is also likely that others will be coming to end of their contracts and we have to remember that the bulk of consumers do not think like people who are interested in tech. They buy when they need/want to buy and we should remember that the iPhone consumer is by his or her nature quite loyal.

The sales numbers may not break records, but the margins are high and I am sure Apple will get through it somehow…

We should also remember that the Xs and Xr models are extremely good phones. Indeed, they really are the best yet even if they may not appeal to the tech set.

A missed opportunity?

Based on the rumours I was ready to write an article entitled ‘Apple just released its most important product this decade’ tonight.

As it happens I cannot do that because the Apple Watch series 4 didn’t tick the boxes I expected and instead looked at impressive new features that are notable, but not what (in my opinion) a wrist-based device needs.

I wanted 3-4 days of battery performance.

I wanted an always on display, even a cut down face just showing the time.

I wanted a choice of layout in the fitness software which gave the user more opportunity to choose what is important to them. Seriously, three rings of which one involves simply standing up every hour? The hardware is there and Apple has the potential to destroy Fitbit and some others overnight if it so chose to do so.

It is hard to knock the new heart tracking features, but I am wary of the term ECG when it does not include sensors on the ankles and various parts of the torso etc. It is an ECG, but my wife (who is a medical professional) was immediately extremely skeptical of such a claim.

It could be that the Apple Watch is selling extremely well, I believe it is, and that there is no rush. It could be that Apple has more patience than me, I believe it does. Worryingly, it could be that the Apple Watch could switch me from real watches and if I can be switched, anyone can.

The Apple Watch could dominate fitness, it could kill the everyday watch market and it could actually feel like a watch. Maybe this will come as the company continues to improve the hardware, but there is the potential that the race to slimness and minimal form may get in the way, just as it has for some in the iPhone.

On the subject of the iPhone, nice interactions and impressive all round. Can’t see many iPhone X owners feeling the need to jump onboard though.

Motorola (iPhone X) P30

Smartphone brand Motorola has been criticised for revealing a “shameless” copy of the iPhone X as its new model.
Many phone-makers have copied the look of the iPhone X, which has a smaller bezel around the screen and a “notch” at the top that houses a camera.
However, reviewers said the new Motorola P30 was a “brazen” and “egregious” rip-off of Apple’s flagship device… More at the BBC.

Lazy, lazy, lazy. They even copied the wallpaper.

iPhone X is brilliant, Siri is not

When it came to overall customer satisfaction, iPhone X owners in our study gave the product an overall 97% customer satisfaction. While that number is impressive, what really stands out when you do customer satisfaction studies is the percentage who say they are very satisfied with the product. Considering you add up the total number of very satisfied, and satisfied, to get your total customer satisfaction number a product can have a high number of satisfied responses and lower number of very satisfied responses and still achieve a high number. The higher the very satisfied responses, the better a product truly is. In our study, 85% of iPhone X owners said they were very satisfied with the product… More here.


Look at the image above. That final column says it all really, but I do concur. The X is brilliant, Siri really is not.

Wanle Gamers Console Case For iPhone

Remember how much you loved your classic Gameboy? The intuitive gameplay and good ol’ fashioned plastic construction were emblematic of a simpler time where Tetris was king of the gaming world. The good times will roll again with the Wanle Gamers Console! This nostalgic iPhone case turns your smartphone into a gaming oasis, with ten classic games like Tetris, Tank, Snake, Formula One Racing, and more pre-installed. Protect your phone and play classic games at the same time. What’s not to love? More here.

Kind of silly, kind of cool.