I am way late to this party, but I have to tell you about a cool feature I didn’t know my phone had. I only discovered it a few weeks ago, and it has already saved me hours at this point.
I write many drafts for my newsletter and blog on my way to work. My iPhone has a decently sized keyboard, but typing on it still isn’t great. On a good day, I used to get a few bullet points out before I arrived at my destination. I would then only be able to turn those into full sentences once I was on a "real keyboard". It was better than nothing, but never felt quite productive enough.
Under the name "QuickPath", iOS 13 now has a built-in swipe keyboard. Without lifting your finger, you swipe to where you would have to tap and it recognizes the word you meant to type. It gets me the words I want in a fraction of the time it would take to type them traditionally, with very few misses. I was skeptical at first, but it has won me over.
Instead of a few rough bullet points, I now get several full paragraphs out by the time I need to change trains. I use this feature for writing notes, texting my wife, and writing into my Day One-journal. Over all applications, this single feature has already saved me a lot of time in a few weeks.
Apple is good at hiding features behind invisible gestures, so I thought I’d remind you of this one. Do you know of any other cool features our devices have that many don’t know about? I’d appreciate the tip!
Apple is adding mouse support to iPadOS. The thinking that went into the UX of the iPad’s new pointer is a fascinating evening watch.
The US keyboard layout puts many of the symbols we need a lot when coding on their own dedicated keys.
I have not met anyone that never said “I don’t have time for that”. So many of us are “too busy” to do the things we really care about.