I’ve settled into Simplenote as my primary note taking app, but truthfully, it’s a bit more complicated than that. I use Ulysses for writing that ends up here on Initial Charge, Day One for journaling, Edit for ephemeral notes, Things for notes associated with specific tasks, Apple Notes for collaborating on notes with my wife, and I use Simplenote for everything else.
There isn’t any one app that does everything I want so I’ve ended up with a handful of apps that all loosely serve the purpose of “note taking”. I can understand why someone would want to find the One App to Rule Them All, but I kind of like having a variety of apps instead. It helps me to focus. And I get to fully configure each of the apps so they’re tailored to what I use them for.
Spatial audio, sweat and water resistant, longer battery life, and a new design that takes cues from AirPods Pro.
I ordered a pair immediately. I might use my AirPods more than any other individual Apple device. They get about 5–10 hours of use on an average day — talking on Zoom calls, listening to music while I work, listening to podcasts before bed.
The battery life on my current pair isn’t quite what it used to be and I’m digging the shorter stems on the new model.
Apple today announced the Apple Music Voice Plan, a new subscription tier for Apple Music designed around the power of Siri. The Apple Music Voice Plan offers subscribers access to the service’s catalog of 90 million songs; tens of thousands of playlists, including hundreds of brand new mood and activity playlists, personalized mixes, and genre stations; as well as the award-winning Apple Music Radio — all through Siri for just $4.99 per month.
I buy just about all the music I listen to and store them in a Plex library. On my iPhone and iPad, I use Prism and on Apple TV and Mac I use the Plex app. But on my HomePod’s, I have to rely on AirPlay. It works, but there’s no way to start a specific song or album by voice unless I purchased it on iTunes.
I don’t start music by voice very often, but if I did, this $5 a month service might be appealing to me. But I don’t know how common my setup is and I can’t really think of any other scenario where you’d want a service like this.
Ben Lovejoy, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:
A popular Quran app has been removed from Apple’s Chinese App Store at the request of the government, according to a new report today.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could install apps from outside of the App Store so it wasn’t the single point of failure for censorship?
I’m likely to end up with an Apple Silicon powered machine next month. It would be really nice if I could dual boot macOS and Linux on it. Things are looking promising, I’ll just have to try avoiding hardware features that are unlikely to be supported — I’m looking at you, Touch Bar.
I’m due for a new work laptop next month, so I’ll be interested to see what is announced on that front. But truthfully, if Tim walked on stage and announced a hot fix release for iOS 15 that fixes Shortcuts, I’d be thrilled.
I’m not sure if I had ever heard of Cleartones until Josh wrote about them recently. But I bought the whole collection last night and have been trying out different notification and ringtones since then. I haven’t settled in on what I’ll use long term, but when I do, I expect I’ll use them as my defaults for many years to come.
Mike Harley gives a two month update on his quest to remove Apple products and services from his life. He’s decided to move toward more free and open source alternatives — most notably Pop!_OS on the desktop and CalyxOS on mobile. I’m happy to hear that things are working out pretty well in this endeavor.