Somehow, I missed David Sparks' observations regarding the Wallpaper feature of Apple’s Design Team (emphasis is mine):
Instead of quoting Steve Jobs, I would have preferred an explanation from Alan Dye about his philosophy of user interface design and what his north star is when he does his work. I’d like him to make his case. If he explained the thinking behind this minimal approach, it might make more sense. Maybe this article was never meant to be that kind of deep dive on design philosophy, but it feels like a missed opportunity.
Indeed. I’m not fond of Alan Dye’s work.