Jason Snell:

I need to take a second to understand the fragile and eccentric animated look of the cursor in iPadOS 13.four, which was launched right this moment.

It’s pleasant. It’s like a little bit cartoon character, the plucky dot who’s as much as any problem, even when it means contorting itself into no matter kind is required.

Take into account the animation when it enters and exits an current button. The circle oozes out right into a curved rectangle, prefer it’s some kind of sticky blob. When it’s over the lively space, the entire button tilts as if the blob is pulling it round. Transfer far sufficient, although, and the blob breaks again off of the button and returns to its conventional form as a easy circle.

After enjoying round with the cursor for just a few hours final week, I famous that it felt immediately pure – prefer it had been a part of UIKit for years. These first impressions nonetheless maintain true. The iPad’s new cursor is whimsical and helpful on the identical time – a uncommon mixture today. And like all function additions that really feel “apparent” in hindsight, it’s clear that loads of consideration went into rethinking the normal cursor for a platform the place contact management additionally exists.