While I am critiquing iOS, does it drive anyone else batty how iPad’s volume down interaction instantly goes to zero after briefly holding down the button, completely inconsistent with iPhone’s behavior?

A Modest Undo Proposal

Earlier today I posted that the iOS Shake to Undo feature needed to improve. When @martinfeld challenged me to suggest a better way, it got me thinking.

First of all, I don’t think this proposal has to replace Shake to Undo. It was a novel solution to a hard problem that many users now know and use. I also don’t think that a system-wide option means apps shouldn’t have an Undo button or custom gesture. But I do think a single, consistent, works-in-every-app option needs to exist that isn’t picking up your 12.9 inch iPad and shaking it.

In short, here is my proposed solution.

Control Center is a huge area of unused space, and I think a useful landing spot for an Undo button. As I later mentioned in the thread, I could see this button revealing a list of previous states to revert to, even a clipboard manager!

I hope iOS 13 has many new user interaction and the designers at Apple have come up with a better solution than tacking on a button in a relatively inaccessible, niche location like Control Center. But I do think its a reasonable approach given iOS’ current mental model and that a good bit of customers know about the area because of commonly used features like media playback control as well as brightness.

What do you think?

That feeling when you were nearly done a new blog post and your editor crashed, leaving you with nothing. And the rewrite doesn’t feel as good. Sigh.

I just shook my 12.9 inch iPad to undo an unintentional email archival. There has to be a better way.

Now that my bedside charging set up is a total mess of unique white cables, I had a thought. I wonder how feasible it would be for Apple to add a Qi coil to the Smart Keyboard Folio. It might take all night to charge my iPad, but luckily, I do have all night.

Nice side benefit of having the USB C to Headphone adapter constantly on your nice headphones – you can now plug them on the left hand side of your MacBook for natural cable management.

I ended up sticking with iPad. Last time I did this, it was with the 10.5 and my hands would get disoriented because of the half sized keys near the outer edge. My hands didn’t get nearly as confused on the more spacious 12.9 keyboard.

Oh right, I’ve tried to write on my iPad when on a long car ride once before and forgot why I eventually pulled out my MacBook. I could deal with the instability given its top heavy nature, but the real deal breaker is the lack of backlit keys, even though I am a touch typist.

We made it happen! Enjoy AirPod Hipster, where we catch up about our journey with exercise. We also discuss if holiday get togethers are an appropriate time to discuss ideology and politics with family.

The after show is a holiday gift guide!

Without Fail’s interview with Ron Johnson is a fascinating glimpse into his time at Apple as well as JC Penny. The quote “Kindness is a choice” really grabbed me.