Tag Archive for ‘iOS’

Another iPad Post ➝

Matt Birchler, after discussing how he uses macOS for his day job and the video editing for his YouTube channel:

Literally everything else I do, which admittedly is less intense “work”, happens on my iPad. Writing this post, reading the news, doing my email, doing freelance writing work, editing my photos in Lightroom, recording and editing audio, creating my newsletter, managing the tasks for my YouTube projects, watching YouTube videos, talking with friends, task management, and even coding changes to this very website all happen on the iPad.

I’m pretty much in the same boat. I primarily use macOS for my work at Automattic and have a few personal applications/tasks that I use my Mac Mini server for — Plex, Channels DVR, and long-term local photo backups, to name a few. But the vast majority of my computing takes place on iPad or iPhone.

And even the personal tasks I perform on the Mac, most of the time I’m using Screens on my iPad to access it.

The iPad can’t be the primary computing device for everyone, sure, but I think it can fill that role for far more people than not.

➝ Source: birchtree.me

An Otter RSS Reader ➝

A simple (in a good way) RSS app for iOS and macOS that uses iCloud for sync. I doubt it will stick for me because it lacks support for email newsletters, but I’ll certainly give it a try.

My biggest feature request would be support for syncing with other RSS services — Feedbin, Feedly, and so on. Then it would feel like a real contender.

➝ Source: joshholtz.com

Apple Announces iOS 14 ➝

A lot of great improvements in this upgrade including App Library, the ability to save widgets to your home screen, picture-in-picture video, a new Siri user interface, a translation app, pinned threads in Messages, App Clips and more.

➝ Source: apple.com

‘My Number One Complaint With Working on the iPad’ ➝

Matt Birchler:

Try as I might, the Files app won’t let me add more than 5GB of files even though the Settings app says I have tons of space (this is why I bought a 256GB iPad, after all). I can’t delete anything else because there’s nothing showing up in Files for me to delete and the Settings app doesn’t let me do anything because it tells me I’m swimming in free space. And yes, I’ve gone to “Recently Deleted” in Files to actually remove the things the system hadn’t purged yet.

This specific issue isn’t something I’ve run into myself, but the mysteriously large “other” storage usage problem would frequently plague both my wife and I. Luckily, Apple is a bit more generous with storage capacity than they used to be and that has essentially solved the issue. But iOS and iPadOS clearly aren’t good enough at managing local storage for you and the system should offer some more tools so that we can manage it ourselves.

➝ Source: birchtree.me

Using Shortcuts and Data Jar to Help Write Link Posts ➝

Chris Hannah, writing about saving articles that he plans to link to on his site:

So I came up with an idea of two shortcuts, one to store relevant data about the article I wanted to reference, and then another which I could use to select from the list and kick off a draft in iA Writer.

That’s when I thought about using the recently released data store app, Data Jar, which is a fantastic tool for storing all kinds of data.

This whole setup is more complex than I expect I’d ever want and it doesn’t really fit into my writing workflow. I save articles to Instapaper as I find them and then read through my queue when I have time. But linking to articles is part of the reading process — I don’t distinguish between the two. If I want to link to an article I’m reading, I do it right then and there.

But this is such a testament to how powerful and versatile Shortcuts is — it gives folks like Chris the ability to build workflows that wouldn’t be possible without it. And I’m glad that’s the case.

➝ Source: blog.chrishannah.me

Apple Considering Letting Users Change Default Email App and Browser on iOS ➝

Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg:

The technology giant is discussing whether to let users choose third-party web browser and mail applications as their default options on Apple’s mobile devices, replacing the company’s Safari browser and Mail app, according to people familiar with the matter.

This is a huge step in the right direction. And I wouldn’t mind them giving developers the ability to release web browsers with their own rendering engines as well.

➝ Source: bloomberg.com

Unencrypted iCloud Backups ➝

Joseph Menn, reporting for Reuters:

Apple Inc dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The reasoning behind why Apple dropped plans to encrypt iCloud backups might be questionable. But the reality is that iCloud backups are not encrypted. It’s pretty pathetic that a company that has pitched itself as a privacy-focused option continues to have such a major hole in the system.

If you care about your privacy, it might be a good idea to consider backing up your iOS devices locally with iTunes or Finder instead of through iCloud. This will let you have a bit more control over your data and give you the option to actually encrypt backups.

And to be clear, you don’t have to connect your device with a cable each time you perform a backup. An often forgotten feature of iOS is the ability to sync/backup with iTunes or Finder over WiFi.

➝ Source: reuters.com

An Update to the Toolkit ➝

It’s been a while since I published an update to The Toolkit — my collection of iOS Shortcuts that I use for publishing Initial Charge. But I’ve spent the past few days going through each one, making some adjustments, adding comments, fixing bugs, and adding import questions where necessary.

It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to use these shortcuts as is with your setup. They have some hard-coded categories and expect the text input to be in a very specific format. But even if you heavily modify them or simply use the shortcuts to learn some tricks for your own shortcuts, they’ll have some value.

If you have any questions about the shortcuts or how they could be used, feel free to reach out. I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions I can.

➝ Source: initialcharge.net