Friday, December 23, 2022

Activating Automatic Backtrack in watchOS 9

David Smith:

The trick was knowing that you have to press that bottom right button in order to discover if an automatic route is being tracked.

I imagine this ambiguity is coming from Apple being very circumspect about protecting user privacy. I wouldn’t be surprised if the system for automatically and surreptitiously recording the user’s locations is entirely walled off from the rest of the Compass app to make sure this very sensitive data can’t inadvertently be leaked without the user’s explicit approval. Hence the need to specifically request and approve it every time you want to see it. That’s just a guess but it seems a reasonable one.

We could quibble about the discoverability of this interface design but I suspect it is motivated by a user privacy.


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