iOS Dev Weekly - Issue 516

Is anyone else tired? ☕️

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ISSUE 516  July 16th 2021




You might have seen that Apple rolled back the fairly radical new Safari tab design in the latest beta releases of macOS and iPad OS this week. I love Safari, and I’ll admit that drastically changing such a core feature made me draw in my breath when I first saw how it looked, but I was interested to see how it felt in use.

Public opinion on the design change was swift and harsh. People did not like it, and feedback was overwhelmingly negative from all sides. That’s fine, of course. Both the process of feedback and the changing of the design is part of any beta process. After all, this is only the third beta out of seven or eight before the release.

But I’m glad Apple and other companies try changes like this from time to time. Often, a new feature can feel like a step backwards at first, but we’re are great at adapting. It’s how we progress. Sometimes the changes don’t work, and sometimes they do, but the process of experimentation is essential.

Of course, the internet still isn’t happy with the partial rollback. But again, it strikes me how swift and harsh the judgement is.

Part of it is an escalation of language. When everyone is shouting, you need to use words like “terrible” and “atrocious” or call things a “usability nightmare” to get your voice heard. People are shouting all the time about everything from politics to society, tech, and everything else that exists.

I know Apple doesn’t need its feelings protected, and it’s something that the harsh words are rarely, if ever, directed at individuals. None of the criticism I saw was outright offensive either, but it’s all so unforgiving and absolute. There’s no room for discussion, only judgement.

I’m not even sure what I’m saying with this comment. Maybe I’m just tired after reading everyone’s opinion for so long. Perhaps it’s eighteen months of a pandemic combined with Brexit and a thousand other disasters. Maybe it’s a combination of all of it. I do know that this is one of the reasons I stopped using Twitter and listening to tech podcasts, though. I’m tired.

Dave Verwer


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What's new in Xcode 13 beta 3?

Beta three of Xcode didn't just bring with it "bug fixes and improvements" 😂 but new features! Here's Federico Zanetello with a collection of three new SwiftUI improvements that landed in this build.




Automatically Switch to Xcode's Build Log

I'm sure I've linked to a tip that suggests this before, but it's certainly been a while, and it's a good one. So, let Dominik Hauser remind you that you can configure Xcode to do all sorts of things when building, or running, or debugging, or when any number of other events happen.




Open-Sourcing Pulse

I linked to Pulse from Alex Grebenyuk back in February. When I did, I mentioned his plan to open-source it if it received enough sponsorship. The good news is that that has now happened, which means we can continue to use the tool and now also learn from how it works!



How do you test touch and keyboard events on iOS? You hit it with a... new library from Gabriel Lanata, that's how! This new testing library will help simulate input from touch, stylus, and the keyboard, amongst other things!


  macOS Development  


Implementing a focusable text field in SwiftUI

I enjoyed this article from Gabriel Theodoropoulos. At first glance, it looks like it might be about the new focused view modifier, but it's not. Instead, it's a well written look at interoperating between SwiftUI and AppKit.


Swift Programming for macOS

Gavin Wiggins has put together this valuable resource with several examples of using SwiftUI to create macOS apps. Some topics will be familiar if you're coming from an iOS development background, but there's also plenty of macOS specific information.


  Up to Speed  


Getting Started with Resolver for iOS Dependency Injection

I remember being a little intimidated when I first heard people talking about "Inversion of Control" and "Dependency Injection". They sounded such complex concepts that I didn't even research what they were for quite a while. I just nodded along every time they came up. 😅 I was a little embarrassed when I finally did look them up to see that neither were as daunting as I had thought they were. Don't be like me. Instead, listen to Mina Ashna.




TDD in Swift with SwiftUI and Combine

I've been through several phases in terms of my approach to unit testing. I did test-driven for a while, but find myself dropping back to writing code first, then tests as projects get bigger. Maybe I need to read this new book from Gio Lodi? 🤔

For full disclosure, I received an early draft of this book.




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  And finally...  


Let's end this issue on a more positive note, with the discovery of why the Apple weather app avoids ever reporting a temperature of 69ºF and subsequent discovery of why it happens.

The explanation is not what you think.

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