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📱 Finer Tech Newsletter #82: iOS 16, iPhone 14, and Dynamic Island

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📱 Finer Tech Newsletter #82: iOS 16, iPhone 14, and Dynamic Island
By David Chartier • Issue #82 • View online
Hey all you finer readers, it’s been a while, hey? When I said a while back that I was struggling with writing, I guess I meant it. But I’m getting back on the horse and I want to revive and grow the newsletter, and that includes new kinds of content. 
If there’s something new you’d like to see me cover with this newsletter, please let me know on Mastodonemail, or Twitter.

💡 Tips
📱 iOS 16 Safari: Quickly swipe between tabs
If you use the Tab Bar option in Settings > Safari on your iPhone, you can swipe between browser tabs. Simply swipe left and right on the address bar.
iOS 16 Messages: Edit, un-send messages
Tap-and-hold on any iMessage you’ve sent to find these options. A few notes on these features:
  • You have two minutes to undo a sent message. The recipient(s) will see a notice of the un-sending, but can no longer see the message
  • You can edit a message up to five times within 15 minutes of sending it. The recipient(s) can tap a button to see all previous iterations
  • You cannot edit or un-send SMS (green bubble) messages
iOS 16 Maps: Add multiple stops to your route
Our long, national nightmare is finally over. When creating a route for directions, tap the new ‘Add Stop’ button.
iOS 16 Focus: Changing Focus Mode can now change your Home Screen, Lock Screen, and Apple Watch face
I could spend an entire issue just on this feature. Apple doubled down on Focus in iOS 16 so that it can change your Home Screen, your Watch Face, and your Lock Screen which, in turn, changes the new widgets (finally!) on your Lock Screen.
One great thing about the Home Screen change now is that it can be a completely custom Home Screen that only appears when you set a Focus; it doesn’t have to stick around permanently as another Home Screen you never use in your day-to-day. I’ll give you an example.
I have a Focus called ‘Gaming’ that I can turn on, or it automatically turns on when I open either the Destiny 2 app or another app I use for the game. That Focus now silences most of my notifications except from a handful of people and apps, and it switches to a custom Home Screen of just the apps I use for gaming (and chatting with gaming friends). I’m also going to create a Watch face for controlling the lights in my office at game time, too.
It’s powerful, convenient stuff, and I encourage you to explore your options under Settings > Focus. Let me know if you’d like me to dig more into how these features work and some tips for getting the most out of them.
iPhone 14 Dynamic Island: Two ways to use it
Maps directions on left, Music control on right
Maps directions on left, Music control on right
I’ve found the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 to be a surprisingly useful multitasking tool. It’s a way to have up to two tiny app controls at the top of your screen. For example, if you listen to music while browsing the web, music controls appear on either side of the island. Here’s how to use them:
  • Tap almost anywhere on the island to instantly open the app
  • Tap-and-hold for just a beat to open a widget of controls instead of switching apps
I wish these gestures were reversed, that the widget would open with just a tap. But someone on Twitter pointed out that interaction is opposite of everything else in iOS, so it would likely be confusing. I get it, but oh well.
Now, if you do something like listen to music and start directions with Maps, the Dynamic Island will use both sides to display controls for both Music and Maps. It’s a good feature.
🔗 Good Links & Reads
The Webb telescope has released its very first exoplanet image – here’s what we can learn from it
In defence of being weird and embarrassing in public
How Game Designers Solved These 11 Problems
How Game Designers Solved These 11 Problems
How WordPress and Tumblr are keeping the internet weird
🤩 Thanks for reading
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David Chartier

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