It’s that time of the year again when Apple releases major updates to their software platforms. And every year, as I watched the announcements during WWDC, I would ask myself, “How can I use the new technologies to make Simpletext better?”
For iOS 16, I’ve adopted the following enhancements for Simpletext.
iOS 16 introduced a “File menu”, which provides a convenient way to perform quick actions like move, duplicate and export right within the editor. You can also rename the file directly without having to go back to the file management screen. This feature is available in Simpletext as a setting, so you have the option to hide it if you don’t use any of the actions.
Find & Replace
Even before this release, you can search for a specific word or phrase in Simpletext. It was built with custom code as there was no native search capability at the time. But in iOS 16, Apple included native support for search, so I immediately removed my custom implementation and adopted it. The resulting experience is similar to the find and replace feature in Apple’s own apps. But more importantly, this is another step towards having less code, less bugs and better overall performance.
As with all major OS updates, there will be some refinements to the user interface. You may come across subtle updates here and there as you use the app. One of the more apparent changes is the More button, which is moved from the keyboard bar to the upper-right corner. The intent is to provide a more consistent experience as the More button in Apple’s own apps is also located in the upper-right corner. This change will also give the app a cleaner, lighter look without the additional button on the keyboard bar.
To sum it up, Simpletext V4.4 adopts the enhancements of iOS 16 to provide a better experience with less code. It was the acclaimed Australian chef Marco Pierre White who said, “We live in a world of refinement, not invention.” This update, both for iOS and for Simpletext, is an example of continuous refinement. Simpletext is here for the long term, and will continue to grow alongside iOS. Happy writing!
P.S. iOS 16 has a new feature called “Keyboard Feedback” that provides a satisfying tactile experience when typing on your iPhone. You can switch it on in Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Keyboard Feedback > Haptic. Give it a try, it goes really well with Simpletext 🙂