Initial Charge is written and produced by Michael Rockwell and focuses on Apple products, mobile software, the web, and other geek-related topics.

Michael Rockwell

Photo by Maggie Gallagher


If you’d like to share your comments, ideas, or suggestions for the site, I’d love to hear them. Whether it’s a technical problem, a typo, a review recommendation, or just a thought you’d like to share, please send it my way. You can send your messages to desk@initialcharge.net or get in touch on Twitter with a mention or direct message — @initialcharge.

Hardware Setup

Initial Charge is written and produced on a 64GB, space gray iPad Air 2 and a similarly colored iPhone 8 with 256GB of storage utilizing the following apps:

Screenshots of my iOS and Apple Watch setups are regularly published to the Home Screens Series.

Server Software

Initial Charge is hosted by Media Temple. Articles are published using WordPress. In addition to the nearly standard Jetpack and WP Super Cache, Initial Charge uses a small number of excellent WordPress plugins, including VaultPress by Automattic, Yinjie Soon’s DF-Style Linked List, Two-Factor and Application Password by George Stephanis, and JSON Feed by Manton Reece and Daniel Jalkut. Website statistics are tracked using Jetpack’s built-in WordPress.com stats.


The main feed, which contains all of the recently published feature articles and Linked List entries on the site, is available in the these formats:

You can also follow on Apple News or use IFTTT with the applets below to automatically add newly published feature articles to the corresponding read later service:

The following specialty feeds are also available:

If you’d rather receive new entries by email, you can enter your email address in the form below to subscribe:

Web Standards

Initial Charge makes every attempt to adhere to web standards. The site’s markup is written in valid HTML 5, its layout uses valid CSS, and its syndicated feed is valid RSS.