WWDC 2019: Problem has never been with Apple's promises

Here is a reminder to all the macheads feeling absolutely ecstatic about all the great things Apple has promised to release over the next few months.

Making promises has never been Apple’s problem. They’ve made promises before. Its the execution and delivery that has often sucked. There is no indication yet that that is about to change this year. We will wait and see.

  • Is the MacPro really going to be the expansion panacea for those with money to spend?

  • Will there ever be a MacPro successor? Or is this another one of those products that won’t get a successor for another half a decade?

  • Same goes for the XDR display. What is you don’t want to spend $6k on a monitor but don’t want a horrific LG or Dell monitor either?

  • What if the obsceneity of spending a thousand dollars on a monitor stand just won’t make you buy this monitor ever?

  • Is SwiftUI really going to solve all UI development problems?

  • Is Catalyst going to get us any better apps than the horrid News and Mac App Store apps?

Time will tell, of course. For now - I have very little hope.

Face Id: better than you expect worse than you want

Six months of using Face ID and not a day goes by that I don’t miss Touch ID. 

I was skeptical before iPhone X came out and I was pleasantly surprised how well it worked in recognising my face. However, turns put I was worried about the wrong thing. I was worried about the technology whereas the problems that have surfaced are almost all about usability. 

Here are some of the things that make Face ID a suboptimal solution to Touch ID...

  • It is just slow enough to be annoying - this won't be a big deal if I didn't have to encounter it every single time I try to use the phone. 
  • Doesn’t work when not straight in front of the face - this doesn't happen enough but every time it does - it sucks a little bit
  • Much slower authenticating other apps from banks and such
  • Failure mode is way slower - since it is slow and since my finger isn't on the phone - when Face ID fails - it takes much longer to get to entering the code
  • Doesn’t work while skiing or wearing heavy face gear - this not too different from Touch ID - but it was much easier to get your glove off and get Touch ID working than to take your glove off - wait for Face ID to fail - and then enter your code. 
  • Apple pay is way worse. Awkward, slow and in your face - me looking at the phone - the cashier looking at me. 

Since Face ID is here to stay, I saw wish Apple would also add Touch ID somewhere on the phones - maybe at the back? Oh well, we can dream.