Author: Thord D. Hedengren

Author, designer, developer, and editor of Switch to iPad, among other things.

iPadOS 16 Beta Watch: The fifth developer beta hits

The fifth iPadOS 16 developer beta has started to roll out (release notes), and it does look like there are some improvements to Stage Manager, among other fixes. I’ve yet to play with this one as I’m deep in Switch to iPad fixes as a result of that 100 issue survey I did a while back, but I’m looking forward to it. There are quite a few quirky things with Stage Manager, especially related to following links that open external apps, which then might not happen in the logical view, as well as plenty of render bugs. I stopped using an external monitor with beta 3 as I found it unreliable, but having a go at that is long overdue.

Stage Manager is, presumably, the reason Apple seems to be pushing the iPadOS 16 launch to October. Meanwhile, iOS 16 is still due in September, if the Apple Rumor Mill™️ is to be expected. In the end, only Apple knows for sure.

Update: The third public beta was released shortly after the fifth developer beta.

Apple Arcade games are leaving (but you can still play them)

Fifteen games are leaving the Apple Arcade subscription service, which is something that has annoyed quite a few people online. It’s to be expected, this is how game subscriptions work, Xbox Game Pass does the same thing. But here’s the deal: You might still be able to play the games that left Apple Arcade, assuming you’ve downloaded them to your iPad. Not forever, but at lest you’ll get at least two weeks to finish them. Apple made this clear in a new support document, where we also learn that games that’ll end up as paid (or free, I presume) releases on the App Store after the Apple Arcade exclusivity, will support any old save files you might have.

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iPadOS 16 Beta Watch: Developer beta 4 and public beta 2 released

I’m back, briefly, from my vacation/rebuilding phase to tell you that the fourth iPadOS 16 developer beta, and the second public beta, is now available. Looking at the list of updates on Apple’s developer site, it sure looks like plenty of fixes. Betas are always like this, obviously, but Apple have a tendency to postpone features for later versions during this phase. This has already happened with the smart live updates for iOS 16, so it could come to iPadOS specific features as well. I’m excited to dig into the fourth developer beta, and see how Stage Manager – the premier feature for iPadOS 16 – is improving.

In other news, Apple’s fiscals are out. I’ll leave the number-crunching to Jason Snell over at Six Colors.

Oh, and don’t worry too much about that iTunes Connect email about missing banking details, if you’re a new developer without any published apps. It seems to have been sent to anyone not having set up an account for receiving payments, which, obviously, could be premature if you’re just starting out. That said, do check your settings, just to be safe.

iPadOS 15.6 released

Apple has released iPadOS 15.6. It’s a bug fix and security release, so make sure to update. This is what you get.

TV app adds the option to restart a live sports game and pause, rewind, or fast-forward.

Fixes an issue where Settings may continue to display that device storage is full even if it is available.

Fixes an issue that may cause braille devices to slow down or stop responding when navigating text in Mail.

Fixes an issue in Safari where a tab may revert back to a previous page.

Fixes an issue where iPad mini (sixth generation) may not detect a charger or other USB-C accessory.

This is what you think about Switch to iPad (#104)

It’s time for a short newsletter break, but before that, there’s that 100th issue survey to talk about.

I figured this would be a good time to talk about the future of Switch to iPad. I did a survey when we hit 100 issues (what a number!), and I’ve been pondering the results. Thanks to all of you who participated, there were hundreds of replies, and a lot of interesting feedback. I won’t bore you with stats, and besides, and most of the questions were open-ended enough anyway. I do want to share my findings, however.

📧 Switch to iPad #104 is free for all, so go read it.

iPadOS 16 Beta Watch: The public beta is now available

As expected, the third iPadOS 16 developer beta hit yesterday, and the public beta followed swiftly. This means that anyone with an Apple ID, and a sense of adventure, can download the iPadOS 16 beta and help test it out.

Now, I’ve been running iPadOS 16 since the first developer beta, and while things are improving with each release, please keep in mind that this is unfinished software. You’ll get sudden reboots, especially if you’re pushing Stage Manager and using an external monitor, and things will get wonky for you. Some apps just won’t work as intended, and expect the onscreen keyboard to misbehave. It’s not recommended to run the public beta, or any beta really, on your primary device. Some of you will anyway, obviously, but fair warning.

Get on the public beta program here!

The 2023 Apple history calendar

Last year, Stephen Hacket (of 512 Pixels fame), ran a successful campaign on Kickstarter for an Apple calendar, focusing on hardware. Well, Stephen’s back with a second calendar, for 2023, and this time he’s focusing on software.

From the announcement post:

The calendar features my own product photography of Apple products, with each month highlighting some of Apple’s software announcements over the years. Each calendar measures 20 inches by 13 inches (50.8 x 33.02 cm) when it’s hanging on your wall with a simple thumbtack or pin.

In addition to the calendar, backers can opt to receive a pack of four stickers featuring characters based on Apple hardware. All backers will also receive digital versions of the photos used in the project for making their own wallpapers.

The goal was $5,000, but the campaign has already passed $29,000, so congratulations are already in order. Go check it out!

iPadOS 16 Beta Watch: A global keyboard shortcut to close windows

Here’s a nice surprise in the third developer beta of iPadOS 16: There’s a global keyboard shortcut to close windows. This made less sense before, whereas apps could have multiple instances (or windows, if you will) open, but they had no real relation to anything apart from that they existed, and could be jumped between. Now, with Stage Manager, it makes more sense, whereas multiple windows exist beside, over, and under each other.

Mac users will recognize the keyboard shortcut: cmd+w. Some apps already have support for this, with its own behavior, which will take precedence, or at least that’s how I understand it after having read discussions about this new feature. If there’s nothing assigned to cmd+w in the app, it’ll revert to default, which is to close the current window. A nice addition, if you ask me.