A pair of Apple executives have discussed changes to the iPad introduced in the iPad Air 4, including the “incredible feat of engineering” to add a Touch ID sensor to the power button on the new model.
Apple revealed its iPad Air 4 on September 15, complete with an updated A14 Bionic chip, a design inspired by the iPad Pro line, and a larger 10.9-inch display. Arguably the biggest departure for the iPad Air is its biometric alterations, with Touch ID moved from the now-gone Home button to the power button on the top.
Speaking on the iJustine and Jenna Ezarik podcast Same Brain published on Saturday, Apple VP of hardware engineering John Ternus and Apple VP of product marketing Bob Borchers talked about the changes that the iPad lineup underwent during the September event.
On the subject of Touch ID on the tablet, Borchers described the change as “an incredible feat of engineering to get that fingerprint sensor with all of the capability and all of the security into that form factor.”
When asked if the power button Touch ID was using the same technology as the original but in a smaller form factor, Ternus suggested it was more an “evolution of the technology” employed by the system. “We wanted to get to the full-screen design and so we wanted to get rid of the Home button on the chin, and so we had to come up with another place for the Touch ID sensor.”
“What made it so challenging is this really narrow aspect ratio that it has,” Ternus offered, due to being on the top of a slimline button. “If you think about it, it’s only ever seeing a smaller slice of your fingerprint than what a traditional, you know, what our
Gmail mistakenly removed the button that lets you triage loads of emails at once, but it’s coming back
If you’re not the inbox zero type — and I’m definitely not — you might sometimes rely on Gmail’s “Select all conversations that match this search” option to read, archive, or delete hundreds or thousands of messages at once.
Except we can’t do that anymore, and neither can a number of angry Gmail users we’ve spotted. The option has up and disappeared. Google accidentally removed it, the company confirms to The Verge.
@gmail Hey, how come there’s no longer an option to “Select all conversations” to mark thousands as read at once?
I’m typing “is: unread” + selecting the “All” check box, but instead of “Select all conversations” at the top of my screen, it says “No results found”…? pic.twitter.com/dercwGE5OE
— Laura McQuillan (@mcquillanator) September 30, 2020
incredible that the “Select all conversations that match this search” option has been removed from @gmail. what on earth are they thinking??? actions can now be performed only on the max # of messages per page. insane! please fix ASAP @Google
— rick tait (@rickt) October 1, 2020
Instead of the option, we’re seeing a nav bar with a handful of shortcut buttons when we search, like this:
Thankfully, Google tells The Verge it’s coming back “as soon as possible,” adding:
We are working to bring back the feature in Gmail that allows you to ‘select all conversations that match this search’ as soon as possible. This feature was removed unintentionally. We apologize to our users who may have been affected.
That’ll be good news to those who posted in this Gmail help thread from six days ago, which had gone unanswered until now, and it explains why Google’s own Gmail support team was unaware of a change; on at least a couple occasions, they’d been giving readers instructions that no