An iCloud of Uncertainty — Mac Geek Gab 823

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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When iCloud works, it’s great. And, for the most part, that’s how it is. But sometimes…it just gets plain wonky. Several of you had several questions about that this week, and Dave and John dig in to get you sorted! That’s not all, though. Cool Stuff Found, routers, and even some future stuff is all up for discussion when your two favorite geeks get together this week. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

macOS Big Sur and the Return of Whimsical Design

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Designer Michael Flarup writes about how macOS Big Sur will bring back “fun in visual design.”

With this approach Apple is legalising a visual design expressiveness that we haven’t seen from them in almost a decade. It’s like a ban has been lifted on fun. This will severely loosen the grip of minimalistic visual design and raise the bar for pixel pushers everywhere. Your glyph on a colored background is about to get some serious visual competition.

I don’t miss pre-iOS 7 skeuomorphism, but I don’t think I’ll mind some of that era’s icons coming back (just without the gloss). I also wonder if we’ll see them on iOS, or just macOS.

macOS 11’s Design Language is Meant for Augmented Reality

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Jack Koloskus wrote about an emerging design language called neumorphism. Some of the new icons in macOS 11 are part of this design, like the Messages bubble that looks 3D. He believes we’ll be seeing more of this, while I am of the opinion that Apple, with this design, is laying the foundations for an AR/VR user interface. Of course an AR interface looks a bit odd on a 2D screen.

When you boil it down, neumorphism is a focus on how light moves in three-dimensional space […] What sets neumorphism apart from its progenitor is that the focus is on the light itself and how it interacts with a variety of objects in a purely digital space. The light simulations in neumorphism are more complex, and are focused on how light from one object could affect another, or the function of the object itself.

Safari 14 Adds Face ID, Touch ID to FIDO Logins

· Andrew Orr · Product News

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A feature coming to Safari 14 later this year involves logging into websites with Face ID and Touch ID through the Web Authentication API.

WWDC Deep Dive – Mac Geek Gab 821

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun share their thoughts and experiences with the new technologies Apple announced at WWDC this week.