I’ve only just watched the WSJ’s interview video for the iPhone’s anniversary. There isn’t much in it that we didn’t know before, but I enjoyed the software keyboard’s story, as told by Scott Forstall:
One year away from launch, they couldn’t figure out the keyboard; Forstall froze development of all system applications for a few weeks so that every engineer could offer their own take on it. One of them (I wish we knew who) came back with the intelligent keyboard we know and its dynamic hit regions.
I feel like iOS and watchOS would have a better UX if Apple did this more often. If you got ten people each trying to reinvent the Notification Center, surely you’d get a better result than the incremental deterioration of the last few years. Or the Watch’s awful Weather app. Or…
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