Apple’s patents might not be a clear indicator of what’s actually going to be a product anytime soon, but it does at least present a clear look at some of Apple’s lofty ideas. Continue reading
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As it has done in most other years, Apple has started taking WWDC scholarship applications for attendees that could not otherwise afford to attend the $ 1500 event.
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If you’re a regular reader of this blog, or if you work in DevOps, you’ve probably already spent a fair amount of time considering which devices you need in your lab. Testing on the right platforms is key to ensuring a great experience for your users. However, in the scramble to make sure your lab is up to date today, you might overlook another critical component of a successful testing strategy: planning. Planning for future changes in the market makes the difference between success today and ongoing success.
Mobile and web markets are driven by recurring patterns in both platform/OS release schedules and customer adoption of these platforms. Here are a few examples of release patterns:
In the mobile space
Minor updates to Android do not follow a set schedule – therefore, constant scanning of sites such as https://www.gsmarena.com and https://www.androidcentral.com can provide some early warning of coming changes.
In desktop browsers
…and customer adoption patterns:
Armed with an awareness of these patterns in market changes, developers, testers and lab managers can be proactive, setting trigger points to update their labs as well as their project planning. Here are some of the key market-change points:
Factors reference guide helps you plan for your future cross-platform testing needs by keeping track of these market patterns and giving you the advance notice you need to avoid project-planning headaches.
Use Perfecto’s calendars to align your entire lab configuration, and project plans for 2018 for your mobile and web applications.
In this article, we have taken a look at the importance of understanding mobile and web market patterns and the benefits of planning according to these patterns. We also highlighted the importance of being proactive and continuous planning in order to accommodate market changes and mitigate UX risks. Perfecto’s Factors reference guide offers easy-to-use, pattern-based market calendars for both mobile and web; we track upcoming changes in the market so you can focus on your mobile and web application testing.
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We reported last month that several rare items signed by Steve Jobs would be going up for auction. Now, the auctions have been completed and one of the most sought after items went for over $ 170,000, three times its estimated value.
Three items signed by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs have been sold at auction, the most lucrative being a teenage job application which went for roughly $ 174,757, including the buyer’s premium.
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A handwritten job application from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has sold for more than $ 174,000, according to auction house RR Auction. The company told Reuters that the winning bidder is an Internet entrepreneur from England who doesn’t want to be publicly identified.
The single-page document, dated to 1973, doesn’t identify what job Jobs was applying for. But it provides a window into how Jobs—who would have been 17 or 18 at the time—saw himself.
Jobs identifies himself as an English literature major at Reed College. He officially dropped out of Reed after a single semester in the fall of 1972, but he continued staying with friends on campus and auditing classes in 1973.
As the difference between “water-resistant” and “waterproof” generally comes down to whether a device can survive a splash or submersion, removing or shrinking holes can make all the difference. Having already removed headphone ports and gasketed other iPhone holes, Apple has applied to patent a new tapered Lightning connector that could narrow the opening on iOS devices until the plug is fully inserted, then seal the male and female sides shut.
The patent, originally discovered by Patently Apple, depicts a wedge-shaped male Lightning plug with a very thin insertion-side edge and a base highly similar to the current Lightning design. On the device side, the new connector would have a pliable seal that expands to expose metal contacts only when a plug is inserted. The cable would use similar material on the base of the plug or a larger portion of the plug, in either case forming a liquid-tight seal with the device once connected.
Filed in March 2017 and published today, this next-generation Lightning connector patent application is shared with two standard caveats: Apple’s patents frequently do not result in actual products, and the company often contemplates multiple possible designs including varying components and shapes. To that point, the patent application includes an alternate version of the connector with a gasketed base and more conventional shape. It’s also worth underscoring that Apple has been steadily moving towards wireless connectivity and charging solutions, so it might skip a next-generation Lightning connector to fully embrace inductive charging, leaving no holes to seal.
But if Apple does evolve the Lightning connector, the patent application spells out the reasoning for doing so: Electronic devices are increasingly indispensable and more frequently used in harsh conditions with greater damage potential, so seals can reduce or eliminate that damage. Until electronics makers are ready to go wireless-only for charging, gasketed ports and connectors will likely be the best alternative.
If you make your living building or testing applications, there’s one question you can’t avoid: “With the market constantly changing, which platforms do I need to test against to make sure I’m not missing something important?” Enterprise app development teams need to ensure a great user experience (UX), and in order to deliver that experience, they must keep up with change; this is where Perfecto can be an invaluable partner. We continuously scan the market and map out specific tipping points that happen throughout the year: for example, when the latest major OS versions for iOS and Android become widely adopted. We also track shifts in the web market, such as silent updates of Chrome and Firefox browsers, of which dev and test teams must be aware in order to guarantee flawless UX. Building these market events into your planning cycle reduces risk and helps keep your customers happy.
In order to minimize UX risks, you need to build a proper cross-platform testing strategy. For both mobile and web platforms, a few criteria must be taken into consideration. Whether you are a dev, test, or lab manager, you need to answer the following questions:
With its ongoing, worldwide market analysis, Perfecto does the heavy lifting for you by recommending which mobile devices and desktop browsers you should be testing based on the location of your customers. Our methodology simplifies your decision-making process by breaking down test coverage into 3 categories: Essential, Enhanced, and Extended.
Examining the bulk of mobile traffic by operating system reveals that the Android usage is essentially split across five OS families while iOS usage is split between three OS families. Therefore, eight smartphones are required to cover roughly eighty percent of mobile traffic. In addition to operating system family, displays represent a second critical coverage aspect. Analyzing display characteristics identifies important clusters between screen size and pixel density. We have grouped these into categories: small, normal, large, and extra-large. Our top-10 list of smartphones and tablets represents the highest-usage platforms when accounting for operating system, display characteristics, and model.
While traffic share is easily determined for mobile devices, desktop browsers are updated more often and thus require a different approach. Perfecto builds the desktop browser set based on two criteria: browser version and operating system. Browser version selection should normally consist of the following: current version, current version minus one, current version minus two, and the most recent beta version. Given the long life of computer operating systems, it is best to look not only at the most current Windows OS but the previous two as well. For Macs, it is best to include the current version as well as the previous one.
In this blog, we have taken a look at the importance of having a solid approach to cross-platform testing. In a market where devices and platforms are constantly changing, such a strategy is essential to the efficiency (and mental health) of app development and testing teams. We offered a set of planning criteria for ensuring good coverage and great UX; this is followed by our proven methodology for guaranteeing good mobile and web testing coverage. Proper planning in this area, which requires constant vigilance with respect to market changes, is critical to reducing UX risk. Take advantage of Perfecto’s extensive experience tracking market changes and put our methodology to work in your application testing strategy.