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With iOS 14 comes a new privacy feature – a little banner at the top that shows you whenever an app accesses the clipboard.
I recently was asked in a tweet whether this was a bug. It’s not. It’s a feature ;)
But please let me explain in a little more detail what Yoink is doing here exactly.
Yoink accesses the clipboard without direct user-input in three cases:
As you can see in the screenshot above, Yoink displays a small bar with the contents of the clipboard, allowing you to quickly store that content in Yoink (or, if it’s a URL pointing to a file, download that URL in Yoink).
To be able to display this bar, Yoink asks the clipboard whether it has new contents. It asks once when the app is put into the foreground, or regularly, in an interval whenever Yoink is used as a Side-by-Side or Slide-Over app (to be able to update the contents of the bar).
The clipboard bar comes in three settings (which can be changed in Settings.app > Yoink) :
Right now, the default setting is 1 – Always Ask for new clipboard content. This I want to keep, because I believe it to be a nice feature (and I’ve seen it used a lot).
However, I’m making it more obvious to turn it off, as you currently have to navigate into the Settings.app to change it.
So, whenever the ‘x’ button is pressed (to tell Yoink no, don’t store the clipboard’s current content right now), I’m asking the user directly if they’d like to keep the bar, turn it off, or always store new content automatically.
It’ll look something like this, after the bar has been dismissed:
In Yoink’s top left corner sits the Add from Clipboard button. It is either active or not. To enable and disable it, Yoink queries the clipboard’s contents regularly (if it’s used in Slide-Over or Side-by-Side), and thus also causes the “clipboard accessed alert” to be shown.
It’s just a UI thing I thought would be neat, but ultimately, it’s unnecessary.
I’ll remove the clipboard checking for this button and display an alert instead if there was nothing to be pasted on the clipboard.
Whenever you select “Download URL” from Yoink’s “+” menu, Yoink will check your pasteboard to see if you’ve copied a URL. If there is a URL, it’ll insert it automatically for you, if there isn’t, it leaves the URL field empty (and ignores the clipboard, of course).
In iOS 14, Apple provides new API which allows developers to see if there might be a URL on the clipboard without actually accessing it. I’ll be using this going forward.
I hope that clears things up about Yoink’s usage of your clipboard.
I’m very happy to report that Yoink for iPad and iPhone is currently featured on the App Store! I have to say, I’m quite filled with joy about that.
To mark the occasion, I’m spontaneously holding a sale of both Yoink for iPad and iPhone, and Yoink for Mac for a limited time.
In closing, I’d like to thank you all for your continued feedback on the app, making it better with every mail, tweet and review you send. I appreciate it immensely.
With warm regards,