Tag Archive for ‘David Smith’

Introducing Watchsmith ➝

David Smith:

Watchsmith is an application that seeks to give you complete control over the appearance and utility of your Apple Watch.

First, it provides a wide array of complications. Each of these is completely customizable, with controls for things like font, color, hand type and location1. The initial set is just over 50 unique complications, with dozens more planned down the road. My goal is to provide a complication for just about every use and let you make it look just how you want. In the absence of 3rd-party watch faces, this is the closest I can get to making my own watch faces.

This is just a smidge too finicky for my taste and I’d, personally, rather manually switch Watch faces depending on the current context of my day. But I can’t tell you how happy I am to see someone pushing at the boundaries of how we think about Watch apps.

➝ Source: david-smith.org

Inevitable Sherlocking ➝

David Smith:

This week I’ve been working on a big update to my Apple Watch sleep tracker, Sleep++. While I love the app, it is a bit funny to work on. I am pretty confident that somewhere deep within the Cupertino mothership, Apple is working on their own sleep tracking app for the Apple Watch. […]

In a weird way I’ve just come to peace with this reality and grown to understand that this isn’t something that I should really fear. While the indefinite nature of its arrival certainly gives me a bit of unease, once I accepted that it was inevitable things got much simpler.

This a great attitude to have.

Historical iPhone Screen Sizes ➝

David Smith shares his application usage statistics for iPhone screen size. What really caught my eye is that the 5.5- and 3.5-inch form factors are neck-and-neck. I’m surprised that the 3.5-inch size is still holding strong, but I expected 5.5-inch iPhones to be more popular than they are. Perhaps I notice them more often because they’re larger, but I see a lot of Plus-sized iPhones on a daily basis — more than this graph suggests.

Introducing Sleep++ 2.0 ➝

Sleep++ was added to my list of apps to try shortly after I brought my Apple Watch home. And even though the app has been installed on my device for months, I still haven’t actually tried it. This will be rectified soon. This 2.0 update just looks too good to ignore.

Watch Apps Worth Making ➝

David Smith:

What doesn’t work is easiest to say. Apps that try to re-create the functionality of an iPhone app simply don’t work. If you can perform a particular operation on an iPhone, then it is better to do it there. The promise of never having to take your iPhone out of your pocket just isn’t quite here yet. The Apple Watch may advance (in hardware and software) to a point where this is no longer true but the platform has a ways to grow first.

Introducing LiveToGIF ➝

David Smith’s entry into the “turn your Live Photos into something shareable” app market. LiveToGIF is drop-dead-simple to use and features a snazzy icon to boot. For the foreseeable future, when I want to share Live Photos, this will be my default application for the task.

Sleep++ Tracks and Measures Your Sleep ➝

David Smith:

Today I released a new app Sleep++ that uses the motion tracking capabilities of your Apple Watch to monitor how well you are sleeping at night. This is one of the capabilities made possible by the improvements of watchOS 2.

To use the app you need to wear your Apple Watch while you sleep each night. This presents an obvious problem, when do I charge it?. […]

The TL/DR is to charge your Apple Watch in the morning while you get ready for your day (take a shower, get dressed, etc) and then again in the evening while you get ready for bed (brush teeth, put on pajamas, etc). Then put your Apple Watch in Airplane Mode while you sleep.

When I eventually get my hands on an Apple Watch (it’ll happen, I swear), Sleep++ will be one of the first apps I install. I’ve always had trouble getting enough sleep at night, but maybe if I’m able to keep track I’ll learn more about my habits and find a strategy that results in more restful nights. The idea of using silent alarms seems great, too. Especially for my days off when I don’t have a specific time when I need to wake up, but want to prevent my body from going overboard.

16GB is a Bad User Experience ➝

David Smith:

For a long time I’ve used the usage data from my Audiobooks app as a indication of what typical iOS usage looks like. It is an old enough app with a wide enough userbase that its data has generally been pretty reflective of what I see reported overall. So while not perfect they should give a good general idea of what customer choices.

He found that 43% of his users owned a 16GB iPhone and among them 37% had less than 1GB of free space. That’s astonishing. Apple really needed to increase the storage capacity on the low-end. As David points out, even with cloud services turned on, users routinely run into low storage warnings.

My fiancée currently uses a 16GB iPhone 5s and it’s a struggle to keep enough free space on her phone so that she can take photos and record video as she sees fit. She uses Google Photos for cloud backups and offloads full-resolution copies to our Mac Mini every 3-4 weeks. She’s had 16GB of storage in every iPhone she’s owned for six years and has decided that her next iPhone needs to have more storage.

For those curious, her current plan is to purchase a 64GB iPhone 6s in rose gold once she gets settled in at her new teaching position. And she’s not happy about having to move to the 4.7-inch form factor.