||Дата: Вторник, 13.09.2016, 15:33 | Сообщение # 1|
|Video playback in iOS 10|
On 25 July, Jer Noble published a blog post on WebKit informing developers and users that silent videos will now be available for automatic playback whilst keeping the ones with audio on pause.
This means that websites can look and feel different, due to the change in iOS policies. For example, this allows GIFs in Apple's mobile Safari browser to automatically playback without the need of user interaction.
This will need to be adopted by web developers for the changes to be felt by end-users, but nevertheless, Apple has relaxed its iOS web policies in iOS 10, which will give developers more control, whilst allowing readers to have a better web Safari experience.
Dark Mode: the new feature that got away
It was widely expected that iOS 10 would feature a new viewing mode called Dark Mode, with black backgrounds more suitable and restful for nighttime viewing. In the event, Apple announced exactly that, but for tvOS instead, and iOS Dark Mode remains missing in action.
Oddly enough, one of the principal planks supporting pre-launch Dark Mode speculation has shifted, too.
Several Apple fans noticed that, if you asked Siri in iOS 9.3.2 to turn on Dark Mode, it responded by saying "Sorry, but I'm not able to change that setting." That setting - suggesting that the setting existed or soon would, but Siri could not yet control it.
(Generally speaking, if you ask Siri to do something that it can't, it will either say that it doesn't understand, or run an internet search of your phrase. For some other modes we invented, ranging from "Privacy Mode" to "High-Speed Mode", Siri got confused and turned on something that it seemed to think was close enough. But we couldn't get him to say "I'm not able to change that setting" for any fictional setting other than "Dark Mode".)
In the developer preview of iOS 10, however, the instruction to "turn on Dark Mode" gets a different response: "I can't find that scene." Siri now associates Dark Mode with the Home app, and assumes it must be a Scene - a preconfigured group of settings for various smart-home appliances, obviously including in this case the lights - that it hasn't been properly briefed about. The plot thickens.
Nevertheless, we expect iOS Dark Mode to appear before long. Andy Wiik, an app developer who previously released screenshots of Messages running in Dark Mode, has now posted images of the Settings app in Dark Mode that he obtained by using the iOS 10 Simulator.
Wiik postulates that Dark Mode will be controlled by a toggle button in Control Centre, and supports this theory with another screenshot from iOS 10 Simulator, this time showing a sixth, blank button to the right of the lock rotation switch.
The idea of Dark Mode is a sort of extension of Night Shift, but instead of simply warming up the colour output of the screen after sundown in order to reduce disruption to the human circadian cycle and loss of sleep, it proposes a radical, system-wide interface redesign for nighttime. Instead of basing the interface around the colour white, it would be based around black - a much easier colour scheme to see and use at night, as evidenced by the strategy already being used by many satnav interfaces, as well as some Apple apps.
"An iOS Dark Mode would be modelled after what Apple has already done with the Apple Watch app for iPhone and dark themes in iBooks," explains Federico Viticci, who featured Dark Mode in his iOS 10 concept video, made with the design Sam Beckett. Viticci cites benefits of such a mode including increased contrast, higher legibility and improved accessibility for those with limited vision.
Dark Mode concept designs
Here's how Viticci envisions Dark Mode. We think it's a terrific, and well-executed, concept.
iHelp BR has also shared concept images on how the dark theme could look like. Below is an image from iHelp BR showcasing how the settings menu could look like. With WWDC just around the corner, these latest rumours could make their way to all iOS 10-compatible devices soon.
WWDC 2016: Podcast - WWDC report
The UK Tech Weekly Podcast dissects the announcements of WWDC, including iOS 10, in its 19th episode. We've embedded the audio below in case you'd like to hear what the team have to say. The WWDC section starts at the 26:30 point.
A new episode of the UK Tech Weekly Podcast comes out every Friday. Follow the show on Twitter for links to the latest episodes.