I almost feel silly writing this but…did anyone else know that there is a built-in gesture to bulk select messages, emails, notes, and more in Apple’s app inventory? Instead of using a sub-menu to put items into “select” mode and then decide which circles appear in each row, you can simply slide two fingers down the list to select each item in the list that your fingers touch.
If you’re already familiar with this feature feel free to stop reading here, but I and many of my colleagues at Verge only heard about it when the developer was Jordan Morgan tweeted It complains that more third party apps you should use it. So, while this is a feature available to all apps on iOS and iPadOS, you’ll mostly find it in Apple’s stock apps. Snooping around seems to be available in Messages, Mail, Notes, and Reminders, but there’s definitely a lot more.
One Apple app whose functionality I really like to use is Clock, as it’s probably a really easy way to identify all the old alarms you don’t need anymore and delete them all at once. Obviously, it would be nice to see it used in more third-party apps like Gmail and WhatsApp (but it’s not).
Hidden features like this pique my interest because they reveal how Apple’s software can struggle to reveal its more advanced features to users over time, despite the company’s attempt to make them as user-friendly as possible. This is especially evident with iPadOS. my ex-boyfriend Dieter Bohn wrote at length About all the extra laptop-like features that most users can easily overlook.
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