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I’m determined to write something more positive today! I’ve been far too negative recently, so let’s fix that.

First of all, one of the iOS Dev Weekly Insiders brought up a great point during the latest discussion call. It’s worth remembering that not all feedback on the new releases has been as negative as the feedback about Safari was, and we should celebrate that! For example, everything I’ve read about the re-engineered weather app in iOS 15 has been positive. 😍

It’s good to see positive feedback, but the deeper issue remains. It wasn’t the negative feedback in itself that was disappointing. It was the fact that feedback was so absolute and final. It felt like there was little understanding that this is all part of a process.

So I looked a little deeper and found things I hadn’t seen before. First of all, M.G. Siegler’s post, “In Defense of the New Safari” from the start of this month. It’s a balanced piece, and I wish I had found it before this week. He even worries that Apple will see the negative feedback and revert the changes. I hope he also bought a lottery ticket that week! 😂

Then, this week’s piece from Jeff Kirvin, “Safari 15 isn’t bad, just misunderstood”. Again, it’s a positive look at the changes and more balanced than all of the negative feedback I saw.

So, it turns out that there were positive voices writing about Safari 15. Jeff is arguing quite strongly in favour of the changes, and M.G. saw both sides but was generally in favour.

But again, this isn’t about Safari. Reverting this change is probably the right move in this case, and I’m sure that while Apple will have read the external feedback, that was only one factor in why they made the change.

So, maybe part of the problem is that I need to do better research when controversial subjects come up! 😅 It was certainly refreshing to read some more balanced perspectives, and I’d recommend you read both articles too.

Which reminds me, It’s been a while since I linked to the iOS Dev Directory. If you’re writing anything related to Swift or iOS development, you should be listed there. I read everything on every one of those RSS feeds every week. Make sure I’m reading what you write too!

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