Today I learned an iPhone trick to quickly select multiple items

I almost feel stupid writing this, but… did anyone else know there’s a built-in gesture to bulk select messages, emails, notes, and more in Apple’s stock apps? Instead of using a submenu to put the items in “Select” mode and then checking the circles that appear in each row, you can just swipe through the list with two fingers to select each item in the list that you want. touch your fingers.

If you already knew about this feature, stop reading here, but I, and several of my Verge colleagues, only learned about it when developer Jordan Morgan tweeted to complain that more third-party apps should use it. So while it’s a feature available for all apps on iOS and iPadOS, you’ll mostly find it in Apple’s stock apps. From poking around it seems to be available in Messages, Mail, Notes and Reminders, but there are almost certainly many more.

One Apple app I really wish took advantage of the feature is Clock, where it has the potential to be a super-convenient way to select all those old alarms you no longer need and turn them into one. blow to remove. And of course it would be great to see it being used in more third-party apps like Gmail and WhatsApp (but it’s not).

Hidden features like these are interesting to me because they reveal how Apple’s software can struggle over time to reveal the more advanced features to users, despite the company’s attempt to make it as intuitive as possible. That’s especially evident with iPadOS. My ex-colleague Dieter Bohn has written extensively about all the extra bits of laptop-like functionality that most users easily overlook.

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