Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Overcast 4.2

Marco Arment introduces the Overcast 4.2 update:

In Overcast 4.2, the login screen now prominently encourages anonymous accounts by default.

If you already have an account in iCloud, it’ll pop up a dialog box over this screen asking if you want to use it.

And the first time you launch 4.2, people with email-based accounts will be encouraged to migrate them to anonymous accounts.

Most often, you hear about new features in apps that require you to give over more information. Facebook will introduce yet another thing that uses the camera and microphone, or Snapchat will add a map of all of your friends and automatically opt you into sharing your own location. How frequently do you see app updates that are designed to reduce the amount of information that’s being collected?

I’d like to see more of this kind of thing. Kudos.