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HBO Now Arrives on Apple TV and App Store

A few of my Twitter friends had problems signing up earlier today, but I didn’t have any trouble when I tried it tonight. I plan on taking full advantage of the free 30 day trial to see if it’s worth my $14.99 every month. Silicon Valley is the only series I’m interested in at the moment so it really comes down to how often I watch movies or comedy specials on the service.

It appears as though customers will be able to sign up and cancel their subscription anytime. Which means you could subscribe while HBO is airing new episodes of your favorite show and cancel once the season is over. I expected HBO to require new users to commit to an arbitrary number of months when they sign up — I’m happy they didn’t do so.

I subscribed to the service using my Apple TV, but you can also do so through the HBO Now app available in the App Store.

Apple Store Employees to Encourage Online Ordering for Apple Watch

Apple is now telling employees to encourages customers to purchase the Apple Watch and MacBook online rather than waiting outside an Apple Store on launch day.

From Angela Ahrendts’ memo to retail employees obtained by Business Insider:

The days of waiting in line and crossing fingers for a product are over for our customers. The Apple Store app and our online store make it much easier to purchase Apple Watch and the new MacBook.

It makes sense for Apple to discourage customers from waiting in line overnight as its a pretty bad experience overall. Ordering online is faster, easier, and gives customers the opportunity to spend their time more productively. And, it’s not like Apple needs the press generated by huge lines anymore.

‘Blogging’ with Twitter and Instapaper

Justin Blanton plans to start publishing the content that would typically end up on his weblog on his Twitter account instead. These tweets will be published in the form of textshots using tools like OneShot and Instapaper.

I’m anxious to see how this works out for Justin. I’ve dipped my toe into the textshots water a time or two and found it to be a fairly friction-free experience (especially with Instapaper’s implementation). But I still don’t expect I’ll be using it too often — given that I already have a place to do that type of publishing and can easily do so from any device I own.

Justin’s decision makes sense, though. He doesn’t spend much time infront of his home computer anymore and his current weblog setup doesn’t allow for him to easily publishing links on his iPhone. Textshots sounds like a great solution for someone in this position. I just hope he finds the time to write a longer piece on Hypertext in a few weeks or months discussing how this experiment went.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Just as Bendable as iPhone 6 Plus

What are the chances that this sees as much press as Bendgate did?

A Cord Cutter’s Report on Sling TV

David Loehr writes about using Sling TV as a cord cutter. It appears to have been a mostly positive experience, with the only major complaint being the lack of variety in the $20-a-month tier.

There are some channels that Sling TV offers that I still miss from my cable days — like Food Network, Disney channel, and Cartoon Network. But, at $20 a month its just too close in price to a standard cable subscription for me to be attracted to it. I guess I’ve become spoiled by Netflix’s inexpensive service and lack of commercials, but it’s hard to even consider anything that costs more than $10 a month and still shows advertisements.

Sarah Guarino Reviews Inateck’s Felt Sleve for iPad Mini

This is one of the sleeves that kept cropping up while I was doing research for my piece on Essential iPad Accessories from last week (although, I was obviously more interested in the iPad Air model). I mostly ignored it because the strap that secures your iPad inside of the sleeve is only held on with a magnet which I thought could come loose and allow your iPad to spill out onto the floor. I also wasn’t a fan of its lack of accessory pockets which are a necessity in any sleeve I was willing to consider.

The iPad and its Impact: Five Years Later

Great piece by Rene Ritchie on the fifth anniversary of the iPad launch. He asked developers, analysts, and members of the press to share their first impressions of the device as they remember it. I liked this bit from Jason Snell regarding the original iPad’s hardware design:

Unlike all future iPads, that first one was truly chunky–it had sides, not just curved panels that connected the back to the front. But it truly did feel like a product that had fallen through a wormhole from the future, all screen and solid aluminum. By today’s standards, it’s already an antique after five years, but in the moment Apple’s strength in hardware design really shined.

Upgrading from the original iPad to the iPad Air 2, as I did, makes this point even more evident. The original iPad felt like a device from the future when it was first released because of its aluminum enclosure, glass screen, and powerful internals when compared to the smartphones available at the time.

But just five years later, the original iPad feels slow, heavy, and the non-retina display looks absolutely atrocious. For the time it felt revolutionary. But it didn’t take long for Apple’s iterative nature to leave the original iPad behind — doomed to a fate of spending it’s days in desk drawers with a dead battery, only to be used for nostalgic reasons

Apple Watch Pre-Orders Start on April 10 at 12:01 AM PDT

Bad news for anyone on the east coast that’s interested in pre-ordering the Apple Watch on day one. Now your going to have to decide between staying up late or trying to wake up at 3AM to place your order. I’m almost glad that I’ve decided to wait until I can get my hands on one before making a buying decision.

Adobe Slate

An interesting new iPad app from Adobe. It’s like a desktop publishing application that’s made for building image-focused documents that are meant to be viewed on a device instead of being printed on paper.

Apple Watch Guided Tours

The fact that only three of these are currently available is a clear sign that Apple is more interested in building hype for the Apple Watch than they have been with other recent devices. But, I do wonder why it’s taken them so long to demo how you interact with it in this way. It feels like there videos should have been released weeks ago.

Mark Gurman Details AppleCare+ for Apple Watch

$59 for Sport, $79 for Watch, and $999 for Edition.

Amazon Dash Replenishment Service

A new service from Amazon that gives connected devices the ability to automatically re-order supplies from its owner’s Amazon account. It’s like having Dash Buttons built into your appliances.

The Secret History of Apple Watch

Great behind the scenes profile of the Apple Watch development process by David Pierce. It’s a long read, but it’s chock full of interesting tidbits — like the first working prototypes for Apple Watch being iPhones that they would strap to their wrists and run a simulator on for software testing:

The team built a simulator that displayed a life-size image of an Apple Watch on the screen. Software was moving much more quickly than hardware, and the team needed a way to test how it worked on your wrist. There was even an onscreen digital crown—a facsimile of a watch’s classic knob—that you could swipe to spin, but it hardly replicated the feeling of twisting a real crown. Swiping, after all, is what the knob was supposed to replace. So they made a custom dongle, an actual watch crown that plugged into the bottom of the phone through the cord jack.

I also found the bit about Apple’s work on the Taptic engine interesting. Translating sound effects into physical sensations that capture what a text message or a tweet would feel like is the kind of attention to detail I’ve come to expect from apple.

Apple Pay Messaging

Casey Liss, regarding a recent experience with Apple Pay:

Thinking back, I remember that my physical card had just been replaced in the last couple months. In fact, it was just before the failed Babies ‘R Us experience. Suddenly everything makes sense.

However, were it not for the friendly Whole Foods cashier, I never would have known the card stored in Apple Pay had expired. There was no messaging to that effect. All I was told was that I was DECLINED.

I can’t think of any reason why Apple Pay would tell you that your card is declined when it should know that it’s expired. But, that doesn’t sound like the kind of usability experience I want when I’m simply trying to make a purchase.

Office Lens Comes to iPhone and Android

From the OneNote team at Microsoft:

Office Lens is a handy capture app that turns your smartphone into a pocket scanner and it works with OneNote so you’ll never lose a thing. Use it to take pictures of receipts, business cards, menus, whiteboards or sticky notes—then let Office Lens crop, enhance and save to OneNote. Just like that—all the scanned images you capture from Office Lens are accessible on all your devices.

Office Lens looks like a really well-made app. I like that you can take a picture from any angle and it will automatically reorient and crop it for you to get rid of any extraneous bits around the content.

Amazon Dash Button

A neat new gadget from Amazon that, with a single button-press, re-orders consumable goods with your Amazon Prime account. Place one in your laundry room to order detergent, in your pantry for ordering paper towels, on your fridge for Gatorade or Izze, etc.

Amazon foolishly announced this yesterday, leaving everyone guessing as to whether or not it was a prank. But, Amazon has confirmed to the New York Times that it is a real product.

I certainly was one of the skeptical ones at first, but the more I thought about it, the more handy these seem. Since signing up for an Amazon Prime account in December I’ve orevered about 2-3 items a month. And, I could see myself making good use of these Dash Buttons.

Apple’s New 12-inch MacBook Unboxed

I’ve linked to a re-upload by EpicPoow because the original video has been set to private.

The Watch Reimagined

It’s not my favorite Apple ad, but it does a great job showing off the beautiful hardware design and several tasks that the Apple a Watch can be used for.

New ‘Hearthstone’ Patch Likely Includes iPhone Support

I’ve been playing Harthstone since I got my iPad in mid-February and it’s one of the few iOS games that has stuck with me for more than a couple of weeks. There’s a ton of depth to the game’s current card pool and Blizzard’s preparing to shake things up with a new set (Blackrock Mountain) this Thursday which will give players 31 more cards to collect and even more possibilities for deck building.

I’m not sure if I’ll spend much time playing Hearthstone on my iPhone. But, I’ll appreciate the option if I end up with a few minutes of downtime and nothing more than my iPhone for entertainment.

TouchArcade’s Eli Hodapp expects the update to be released on April 9 based on the Android client’s release schedule, which took place one week after the release of Goblins vs. Gnomes.

‘Chef’s Table’ Premiering April 26 on Netflix

This is the kind of show I can get excited about.

Contact Apple TV Content Providers

A handy knowledge base article that lists who and how to contact the content providers for every Apple TV channel. It also includes information about geographical restrictions and whether or not a subscription is required to view content on that channel.

(Via Six Colors.)

Paste Without Style

Craig Hockenberry shares a great OS X tip that shows how to make Paste and Match Style the default for the ⌘V shortcut.

Apple Watch Will Be Sold at Launch by Reservation Only

Aronald Kim, reporting for MacRumors:

However, according to training documents that MacRumors has received, Apple is not allowing any walk-in retail purchases for the Apple Watch at launch. Instead customers must make an online “Product Reservation” to hold a specific Apple Watch model at a retail store. […] Apple seems to expect low inventory for the Apple Watches, and notes that “try-on” appointments also do not reserve a specific Apple Watch for purchase. Apple expects to eventually allow walk-in purchases, but not until the initial wave of demand has passed.

I think this is a smart move on Apple’s part. There isn’t really a reason to encourage customers to line up for products anymore — they don’t need the additional press and the cult-like tone of waiting in line for a product is an easy target for mockery. Not to mention that waiting in line for several hours to spend hundreds of dollars on something you don’t truly need isn’t a great customer experience.

The Perks of Apple Watch Edition

Mark Gurman details some of the special perks that come with being an Apple Watch Edition customer, including private appointments, 24/7 support, priority assistance in store, and more.

Meet the Authors of ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’

A talk at the SoHo Apple Store in New York City with co-authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli. I was happy to hear that they asked John Gruber to moderate and found it interesting from beginning to end — well worth the 50 minutes of your time.

Becoming Steve Jobs is available on Audible, iBooks, Kindle, and in a hardcover edition from Amazon.

Instapaper Tweet Shots

Brian Donohue discusses the thought process behind Instapaper’s tweet shots feature. I’m really impressed by the work they did on this. I haven’t had much time to actually use it myself, but based on Brian’s piece it appears that betaworks did everything they could to make posting tweet shots with Instapaper as easy and unintimidating as possible — allowing you to publish with minimal taps and without the need to crop the image or clutter your camera roll.

(Via Joe Caiati.)

A Year of DuckDuckGo

Tom Wood has spent the past year using DuckDuckGo instead of Google for his web searches. He lists six reasons why he could never go back and many of them are quite compelling.

I’ve used DuckDuckGo occasionally, but have never decided to give it a proper trial. Now that Apple has added it as an optional default search engine in iOS, I think I’ll finally give it the testing it deserves. I might not stick with it for a year like Tom Wood has, but I’ll at least give it a few weeks, which should be sufficient to determine whether I could see myself using it full time.

Gary Allen, on the End of ifo Apple Store

I’ve known about the site for most of its 14 year existence, but only started regularly reading it a few months ago. It’s sad to hear that he’ll no longer be writing on the site but I can understand his motivations — Apple is a huge company that’s becoming increasing difficult to keep up with, even if you’re focusing on only on one aspect of their business.

Diagnostics & Usage

A great Apple-centric podcast by Joe Caiati and Cody Coats. They’re only on episode ten and it’s already a must-listen for me —it’s one of the first podcasts I listen to when I notice it appear in Overcast every friday. If you haven’t heard the show yet, give it a listen.

They’ve also just launched a Patreon page for the show, with which I immediately signed up to contribute on a monthly basis.

A Faster & More Efficient Instapaper

Speed reading, instant sync, faster saving, and tweet shots — a great update to one of my favorite iOS apps of all time.

‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ Now Available

I don’t read a lot of books, but this is one I’d love to make time for. I’ll probably listen to the audiobook version from Audible, but if that’s not your thing it’s also available in iBooks, on Kindle, and in a hardcover edition as well.

Apple Outs Wireless Keyboard Refresh in Online Store

The new keyboard appeared on Apple’s Czech online store and has revised function keys that indicate the addition of backlit keys. Apple has also removed the eject key from the upper-right in favor of a power button, in-line with changes Apple has made to remove optical drives from Macs over the past several years.

Apple’s wireless keyboard hasn’t seen an update since 2007 and feels long overdue for an update — I hope this is it. But, there’s no indication as to whether this update includes the new butterfly mechanisms found on the recently announced MacBook.

When I bought my second Mac in 2008 (a 20-inch iMac) I was always impressed by how similar my MacBook’s keyboard felt when compared to the wireless keyboard for my iMac. It was just a small detail that helped me feel at home whether I was using my desktop or notebook computer — I never felt like I was forced to use the lesser of the two based on my location, they both made for a great typing experience. I really appreciated Apple’s approach in this respect and I hope Apple plans to keep up this tradition with these new keyboards.

Here Comes The Long Awaited New Apple TV

Just a few days after the Wall Street Journal claimed that Apple was building an online TV service, John Paczkowski reports that Apple is also preparing to announce new Apple TV hardware:

And now sources familiar with the company’s plans tell BuzzFeed News that a successor to its dusty and recently discounted Apple TV set top box is headed to market as well. Apple intends to show the device off at its annual World Wide Developers Conference in June along with a long-awaited App Store and a software development kit to help developers populate it.

I hadn’t written about the WSJ rumor because I’m still a bit skeptical about their “people familiar with the matter.” But, if Apple was working on a $30-40 television service then launching it alongside a new Apple TV sounds like the way to do it.

The Apple TV has always felt a little neglected by Apple, but I wonder if the company’s other products have reached a level of maturity that would allow for them to dedicate more time to their set-top box. I’ve been dreaming about an App Store for the Apple TV since it was announced for the iPhone in 2008 and it looks like it will finally see the light of day.

It’s worth noting — as John Gruber points out — the obvious foreshadowing of new Apple TV hardware with their “starting from $69″ slide that announced the device’s price cut at the Spring Forward event earlier this month.

Inside Apple’s Health and Fitness Lab for Apple Watch Development

I Find it fascinating that Apple had employees working out in this lab for two years without knowing what product the data they were collecting was going to be used for.

The Future of the Dumbwatch

Marco Arment:

The Apple Watch isn’t just a watch, interchangeable like any other. It’s an entire mobile computing and communication platform, and a significant enhancement to the smartphone, which is probably the most successful, ubiquitous, and disruptive electronic device in history. Once you’re accustomed to wearing one, going out for a night without your Apple Watch is going to feel like going out without your phone.

I’m not all-in on the Apple Watch, but I’m also the guy who’s spent the past decade wondering why someone would wear a (dumb) watch in the first place. If there are people out there that still wear traditional watches then clearly smartwatches will succeed. It’s just the logical successor to what we all think of as a watch today. The current high-end watch makers are either going to fail or realize that it’s time to embrace smartwatches and start manufacturing their own.

Once people get a taste for a feature it’s hard to go back to a product that was built without it. It’s like cruise control in cars or an ice maker in your freezer — they don’t seem like a big deal until you live with them for a while. If you take those features away, the chore of having to keep your foot on the peddle during long car rides or the need to continuously refill ice cube trays will feel archaic compared to what you’re used to.

And, the same will be true with watches. Once you live with a watch that has applications for communication, the weather, news, etc. you’ll feel hindered every time you leave home without it or make the decision to wear a dumbwatch for a day. It’ll likely take several years before the majority of watch wearers feel that way, but it’s inevitible. In a decade, releasing a watch without smartwatch features will be like a releasing a computer without the ability to connect to the Internet — there’s likely a niche market for such a product, but nobody you know would even think about buying one.

The Inside Story of How Apple’s Medical Research Platform Was Born

Fascinating story by Daniela Hernandez on the origins of ResearchKit. I especially found this bit interesting:

After Friend’s talk, [Apple’s Vice President for medical technologies, Mike] O’Reilly approached the doctor, and, in typical tight-lipped Apple fashion, said: “I can’t tell you where I work, and I can’t tell you what I do, but I need to talk to you,” Friend recalls. Friend was intrigued, and agreed to meet for coffee[…]

Friend immediately grasped the potential benefits of collecting health data at Apple’s scale. In the wake of the MedX meeting with O’Reilly, he made frequent trips to Cupertino and other cities to meet with scientists, engineers and quantified-self geeks. During one such trip, Friend helped organize a DARPA-funded workshop on how biosensors might help scientists understand Parkinson’s disease, a condition that would turn out to be the focus of one of ResearchKit’s five debut apps.

If you’re even the least bit interested in ResearchKit I suggest you read this piece. It’s the most well written one I’ve read about the topic.

Apple’s foray into medical research might be the most important decision they’ve made in decades. There isn’t much they could do that would have such a positive impact on people’s lives like ResearchKit could. And, I’m excited for the potential medical breakthroughs it might contribute to.

The CIA Campaign to Steal Apple’s Secrets

Marco Arment on the CIA’s attempt to compromise iOS, Xcode, and other Apple software:

What would you call a targeted attack on one of America’s most successful and beloved companies in history in order to break security protections, spy on millions of citizens, intercept their communications, and steal their data?

Unpatriotic? Absolutely. Terrorism? Maybe. But those don’t quite capture what this really is: war.

I hate to sound hyperbolic, but this is the kind of thing I grew up hearing about other countries doing. I never thought it would happen here. But it has. And, we need to vote the jokers out of office that let this happen on their watch.

Apple’s Role in the Creation of USB-C

John Gruber on his recent comments on The Talk Show regarding the creation of USB-C:

Only that from what I’ve been told, Apple ought to be getting (and taking) credit as the leading company behind USB-C’s innovations. Not that they “invented” it, but that they “basically invented” it. I completely stand by that. But there are a lot of politics involved. One reason Apple isn’t taking more public credit for their role: they truly want USB-C to see widespread adoption; a perception that it’s an Apple technology might slow that down.

Customers Will Not Need an Appointment to Try on Apple Watch in Retail Stores

Jordan Kahn, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Apple’s latest memo to retail employees, obtained by 9to5Mac, asks staff to prepare for several upcoming Apple Watch dates. Required final meetings and training will take place at the end of March, followed by online preorders on April 10, when the device will also arrive for “preview” in retail stores. In the memo, Apple confirms that appointments won’t be necessary to try on the device in stores, but they are recommended.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find the time to go to an Apple Store during the “preview” period, as I live over two hours away from my nearest Apple Store. But, I am excited to actually get my hands on one and try it out.

Apple Watch Band Compatibility Chart

A great chart by Louie Mantia that lists every Apple Watch case and band, highlighting which combinations are available to purchase and which ones are possible with the purchase of an additional band.

Apple Watch Water Resistance

John Gruber points out this bit from the bottom of the Apple Watch Health and Fitness page:

Apple Watch is splash and water resistant but not waterproof. You can, for example, wear and use Apple Watch during exercise, in the rain, and while washing your hands, but submerging Apple Watch is not recommended. Apple Watch has a water resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. The leather bands are not water resistant.

That means it’s rated for one meter of submersion for up to thirty minutes. I’d love to see Apple add this feature to iPhones in the future.

Apple Updates 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

From Apple’s press release:

Apple today updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the all-new Force Touch trackpad, fifth generation Intel Core processors and Intel Iris Graphics 6100, two times faster flash and longer battery life, bringing even more performance and capabilities to our pro customers. Apple also today updated the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air with fifth generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD Graphics 6000, and Thunderbolt 2, and added up to two times faster flash to the 13-inch MacBook Air, making the perfect everyday notebooks even better.

Solid updates to some great notebooks. Perfect for anyone who’s a little hesitant about the new MacBook because of its lack of connectivity.

Apple Releases iOS 8.2

Alex Guyot, writing for MacStories:

The update includes support for the Apple Watch, improvements to the Health app, increased stability, and bug fixes.

Apple Watch support includes a new Apple Watch app (for us all to stare at longingly for the next few weeks), which is available on iPhone 5 and later.

The Apple Watch app doesn’t do much at this point, just a glimpse into the Watch pairing process and a few promotional videos in the Explore tab.

My experience with iOS 8.2 jibes with Guyot’s — it’s been incredibly stable during the few hours I’ve been using it.

Apple Introduces ResearchKit

From Apple’s press release:

Apple today announced ResearchKit, an open source software framework designed for medical and health research, helping doctors and scientists gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone apps.

Five applications have already been built on ResearchKit and are now available in the App Store:

ReasearchKit was quite the surprise from today’s event — everything else was mostly known or partially known. I commend Apple for developing this software framework. No matter how well the new MacBooks or the Apple Watch sells, nothing that Apple announced today will have a bigger impact on people’s lives than ResearchKit.

Apple TV and HBO Now

Today at Apple’s media event, HBO CEO Richard Plepler announced a new stand-alone streaming media service called HBO Now. The service will launch exclusively on Apple devices (John Paczkowski claims the exclusivity deal will last three months) starting at $14.99 a month, with users who sign up in April getting their first month free.

Alongside the HBO announcement, Apple also dropped the price for the Apple TV down to $69. I have two Apple TVs in my house and use them everyday — trust me, if you don’t own an Apple TV, $69 is a steal.

Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ Live Stream

In about 20 minutes, Apple will begin live streaming their Watch event. I’ll be watching the stream from my Apple TV’s Apple Events channel and I’ll also be following The Verge’s live blog.

Best Today View Widgets for iPhone

A lot of great apps in here, many of which I use everyday. I wasn’t even aware that Fantastical had a Today view widget until reading this and immediately removed Apple’s built in calendar widget and replaced it with Fantastical.

Pedometer++, Deliveries, and PCalc are a few of my favorites from their list.

Upcoming Apple Watch Apps

An interactive showcase of Apple Watch applications by WatchAware. Just another great resource for anyone still on the fence about purchasing an Apple Watch.

Apple Plans to Relaunched Beats Streaming Service at WWDC, New Apple TV Still Coming

Mark Gurman:

Apple currently plans to introduce [its upcoming Beats-based music streaming service], at least in beta form, at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in early June.

I’ve never used the Beats music service, but I’ve heard good things about it. Truthfully though, I’m far more excited about what Gurman’s sources are telling him about the future of Apple TV:

Sources say that Apple is also finishing up work on a slimmer Apple TV set-top-box with a more capable and tactile remote control and a redesigned operating system bundled with an App Store.

The Apple TV has been the centerpiece of my home theater setup for over seven years. I’m still incredibly happy with it despite the occasional feeling that Apple’s allowing it to languish. I’ve always felt that Apple could (and should) build an App Store for their little home theater box. And, I’m happy to hear that they’re working on it.

The Apple Watch is Time, Saved

Matthew Panzarino, writing for TechCrunch:

People that have worn the Watch say that they take their phones out of their pockets far, far less than they used to. A simple tap to reply or glance on the wrist or dictation is a massively different interaction model than pulling out an iPhone, unlocking it and being pulled into its merciless vortex of attention suck.

This reminds me of a recent piece by Joe Darnell where he explained why he wants an Apple Watch. His key point being that the Watch will give him more time to be productive by keeping all of the distractions of his iPhone at bay and making his interaction with iPhone-centric tasks more efficient.

Matthew Panzarino also had an interesting bit about the Watch’s battery life:

In a normal day of on-and-off use, the battery usually ends up at around 25 percent, which means that you should be able to make it through a full day. It only takes around two hours to charge fully.

This seems like a reasonable expectation for any device — hitting 20-25% on my iPhone by the end of the day is my typical experience, same goes for my iPad on days of heavy usage. Charging all of my devices every night has just become a part of my daily routine. The only downside I see is that, if I decide to get an Apple Watch, I’d need to find a physical location to keep the charger. And, my bedside table is starting to get a little cluttered with my keys, wallet, pen, iPhone, and iPad.