Mourning magnification loupe

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Update (Apr 30 2022): It’s back in iOS 15!

The iOS 13 text selection is a step back in terms of usability.

Touch input has always been a core part of what makes iOS great. The software was aware of the user input being fingertips and understood that they are not pixel-perfect pointer like a mouse cursor. That’s why we can easily increase a tappable area with button content inset, have character preview on keyboards, and magnification loupe for text selection.

Character preview
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Magnification loupe

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Enlarged touch target for fingertips.

The design team at Apple most likely did their research to justify removing such a defining iOS feature, but as someone who considers themselves as a “power user”, it’s hard to imagine how others will cope with this change.

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