Tag Archive for ‘Bradley Chambers’

Apple Exited the Home Wi-Fi Market at the Wrong Time ➝

Bradley Chambers, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

When Apple was selling home routers for $199, they were ahead of their time. They had built a router that was high-end, easy to manage, and worked well. Around the rest of the industry, companies were selling home routers that were hard to manage (if step #1 is to log in to an IP address, you missed it), required rebooting, and couldn’t handle the load.

Since Apple took its eye off of the home router business (The AirPort lineup was dead for many years before the announcement), users have started to buy more expensive solutions. Solutions like Eero, Google WiFi, and AmpliFi have shown that people will invest in their home Wi-Fi. Even solutions from ISPs like Comcast have gotten into the business of upgrading your home Wi-Fi.

I’ve written about this idea before, but I’m glad Bradley is bringing it back to the conversation — AirPort was a huge missed opportunity for Apple. They could have integrated mesh networking into the HomePod and Apple TV, which would have increased their functionality in a meaningful way when compared to competing devices. I bet there are a lot of people that would have purchased an Apple TV or a HomePod to be used as their home’s primary base station.

But Apple could have gone further, releasing an updated Time Capsule that allowed for local backups of iOS devices. And even introduced a new AirPort Extreme with an integrated cable modem.

Between HomeKit devices, iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks, your home’s Wi-Fi network has never been more important than it is today. And I think it would have served Apple well if they continued to offer a home networking solution that integrated with all of your existing devices in ways that only Apple could.

Listen to Podcasts on Apple Watch With MiniCast ➝

Bradley Chambers, with a great tip for playing podcasts on your Apple Watch:

Another option is MiniCast. One awesome thing about Minicast is that you don’t have to maintain another subscription list. It works with apps like Overcast to be able to share certain podcast episodes straight to your watch for offline playback away from your iPhone.

I don’t have much use for this during the winter months — it’s just too cold to be outside long enough for podcast listening. But I often go for walks when it’s warmer and pairing MiniCast with my AirPods will give me an opportunity to take a much-needed break from my phone.

Documenting the Tasks That Require macOS ➝

Bradley Chambers:

I recently switched from a 9.7” iPad Pro to a 12.9” iPad Pro (first generation model). I have often struggled with feeling 100% productive on an iPad. It’s not that I couldn’t get work done, but it often felt like a bigger iPhone to me. Within a few hours, I knew this size was something special. […]

My new goal: go as long as possible each day without pulling out my laptop. I am going to document what tasks trigger the need.

This is a great idea and I think I’ll join him. Every time I reach for my MacBook Air or remotely access my Mac Mini with Screens, I’ll take note of what task triggered it.

Griffin iTrip Bluetooth ➝

I bought this little Bluetooth adapter after Bradley Chambers recommended it on Tools & Toys. It arrived yesterday and, I have to say, it’s fantastic. I just plugged it in and ran the audio cable to my car’s aux-in jack. Conveniently, my car’s cigarette lighter and aux-in jack are located inside the same compartment, which means I can keep the entire setup out of sight.

After a quick pairing process in my iPhone’s settings, I was good to go. Now, every time I start my car, the adapter automatically pairs with my iPhone and I can start playing music or podcasts immediately.

I’ve looked at other Bluetooth adapters in the past, but most of them include funky playback control clusters that they expect you to mount inside your car. I don’t know if the folks at these companies have ever actually looked inside a car, but there isn’t a great place for them. The Griffin iTrip doesn’t include these unnecessary eye sores and leaves the playback controls on your device.

If you’re looking for a wireless in-car audio solution, I highly recommend giving this one a try.

Using Alfred to Trigger Common System Commands ➝

Great tip by Bradley chambers over on The Sweet Setup. I’m on my Mac less and less these days, instead spending time on my iPad. But when I am on my Mac, I use Alfred to perform system commands a lot.

Apple Watch Apps Worth Spending Time With ➝

Over at The Sweet Setup, Bradley Chambers has put together a list of applications worth trying on the Apple Watch. If you received yours yesterday or expect to have it delivered soon, this is a great place to start looking for some high-quality apps you can use on your wrist.

Overcast is The Sweet Setup’s Favorite iOS Podcast App ➝

I couldn’t agree more with Bradley Chambers’ thoughts on Overcast. And, I think smart speed is by far the most compelling feature in the app. Overcast has saved me over 80 hours of listening time because of smart speed and I can’t imagine using a podcast client that didn’t have a comparable feature.

The Tools and Toys Guide to Cutting the Cord ➝

My sister and brother-in-law recently canceled their cable subscription. They bought an indoor antenna and a couple of Apple TVs to connect to all of the televisions throughout their house. I helped them pick out a lot of the devices and services that they would use to fuel their media consumption. This guide on Tools and Toys would have been invaluable for them during the lead up to their transition away from cable. If you know anyone that’s cutting the cord — or even thinking about it — send them a link to this guide.