Tag Archive for ‘iPhone’

Do You Keep Your iPhone Box? ➝

I still have the box to every single iPhone I’ve ever owned. Seven in total, between the shelf in my home office and a couple of bins in the basement. Why keep them? Because I want them. And in twenty years when I happen across one, it’ll bring back a lot of great memories.

➝ Source: 9to5mac.com

iPhone Home Screen and Watch Faces

With iOS 14 bringing widgets to the home screen, I suspect my iPhone setup will go through a substantial transformation this fall. So this will likely be my last iPhone home screen update under the current iteration of Springboard. Although, to be fair, I thought similarly during the beta period in which iPadOS gained widgets on the home screen and that didn’t turn out as I initially thought.

The difference this time around, though, is that adding widgets to the iPhone home screen doesn’t force you to shrink the size of the rest of your app icons or push all of your app icons to one side for no good reason. Even considering how widgets on the iPad home screen played out, I’m far more hopeful that I’ll actually use widgets on my iPhone home screen.

iPhone

iPhone Home Screen — August 2020

  • Fantastical: The best calendar app for iOS.
  • Instagram: a little shortcut I put together that launches the Instagram app on iPhone and opens the Instagram website on iPad.
  • Headspace: An excellent meditation app, highly recommended by The Sweet Setup, and something that I can expense at Automattic.
  • Ulysses: My favorite writing app — everything I publish on Initial Charge is written in Ulysses.
  • Define: A simple shortcut that asks for input and then searches for the definition of the given term in Terminology.
  • Simplenote: An application that I occasionally do support for at Automattic and all of my work-related notes and weekly updates I share with my team.
  • Things: The first and only to do list application that ever clicked for me. I’ve stuck with it for years and I have no interest in even attempting an alternative — at least not in their current iteration.
  • Reeder: My Instapaper client of choice. It gives me the ability to sort my saved links by domain and makes it much easier to load the original web page.
  • Day One: This has become more and more important in my life with Josh around. I do my best to journal all the most important moments and it has become my repository for all of the bests photos I take of family and friends.
  • Apollo: I probably spend more time on Reddit than I should, but Apollo makes it so darn enjoyable.
  • Edit: A simple scratchpad/note taking app. I use it for drafting email, composing tweets, and taking notes that I don’t intend to keep long-term.
  • Balance: a shortcut that displays a menu listing all of my finance-related applications and launches the chosen app. It’s a simple way to keep my home screen tidy while still giving me quick and easy access to these types of apps.
  • Bear: For all of my non-ephemeral, non-work-related note taking.
  • Calzy:My favorite calculator app for iOS.
  • Prism: I maintain a music library in Plex and this is my preferred method of playback. It’s more akin to the simple, straightforward Music app for iOS that existed before the introduction of their streaming music service.
  • Unread: A gorgeous RSS reading application with native support for sharing to read later services.
  • Tweetbot: The best Twitter app ever.
  • Overcast: I’ve tried just about every podcast client on the platform, Overcast is the best. It offers all of the most useful features — strip-silence, voice boost, the ability to subscribe to password protected feeds — and can has iPad support.
  • Pandora: With my Plus account, I can pick a station and listen to ad-free music that I’ve curated over the course of nearly fifteen years with their thumbs up/down system.
  • Dark Noise: I just recently switched to Dark Noise from Noisli when I discovered at the app had the ability to create custom mixes. I’ve been enjoying the custom icon options.
  • 1Password: My favorite password manager on any platform.
  • Screens: I use this to manage our home media server and help out when my mother-in-law runs into trouble on her iMac.
  • Wegmans: Given the state of things, we’ve been ordering groceries for delivery more frequently. Wegmans our favorite store in general and by far the best grocery store in our area.
  • last.fm: A shortcut that opens the last.fm website so I can check the services recommendations.
  • WordPress: Another app that I do support for at Automattic, but I also use this to manage a few websites alongside a few family members.
  • Google Photos: My wife and I use the service for backing up our photos to the cloud. We prefer it over iCloud because of its ability to automatically share our photos with one another.
  • Slack: For work-related communication.
  • YouTube: For watching videos on politics, board games, video games, comedy, and more.
  • Blink: The app is no longer available on the App Store, but it’s still the best way to quickly grab links to applications that I can share here on Initial Charge or on Twitter.

Apple Watch

Apple Watch Face — August 2020

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My strategy for watch faces has changed since Josh was born. I use my Watch more as a status and information screen instead of using it to actually perform actions — like marking items off my to do list, logging my weight, or starting meditations. Josh has a tendency to play with the Watch’s screen while I hold him and this altered complication setup mitigates his ability to perform actions that I’d prefer he didn’t.

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

Apple Announces the New iPhone SE ➝

Same chassis as the iPhone 8 with improved internals and stellar price points — 64GB for $399, 128GB for $449, or 256GB for $549. I have a feeling the 64GB model is going to be very popular.

My wife has traditionally preferred an iPhone with a smaller display. She used the original iPhone SE up until last summer when she finally gave in and upgraded to the iPhone 8. But interestingly, she doesn’t find the new SE appealing at all.

The camera is so important to her now that she won’t even consider an iPhone unless it offers the same (or better) camera arrangement as the 11 Pro. The iPhone 8 camera looks good, but without the extra lenses and dark mode, it just isn’t good enough.

➝ Source: apple.com

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

A Low Cost iPhone Could Be Coming This Spring ➝

Mark Sullivan, reporting for Fast Company:

Several publications and a few analysts have already predicted that Apple will announce a new sub-$500 iPhone, which may be called either the iPhone SE 2 or the iPhone 9. My own sources near the iPhone supply chain tell me that parts production for the new phone is now ramping up.

One source believes the new phone will likely sell at $399, roughly the same price as the first iPhone SE.

This would be well timed for my in-laws, who are looking to purchase their first smartphone sometime in the next few months. A low-cost iPhone seems like the perfect device for them.

➝ Source: fastcompany.com

iOS 13 Text Selection ➝

Benjamin Mayo, alongside a video where he shows the problems with iOS 13’s text selection:

In the WWDC 2019 presentation, Craig Federighi praised the new UI for text selection, saying “there’s no need to double tap and no magnifying glass getting in your way”. I remember doing a double-take when he said it because that’s not really true at all. The magnifying glass was a convenience, rather than annoyance. Getting rid of it sounded like it would be exactly the wrong thing to do, especially as there was no alternative UI affordance to fulfil its purpose.

The text selection system in iOS 13 is absolute garbage. I can never tell if I have my selection point at the right place because my finger is always in the way. This is especially irritating when you’re dealing with more precise selections, for example, when you’re ending your selection between a punctuation mark (like a period’ and a small character (like a lowercase L or I).

The loop is an essential piece of the text selection interface and the refinement is almost exclusively a massive step backward. I hope they revert this change in a future update. Or at the very least give us the option to re-enable it in settings.

(Via JF Martin.)

➝ Source: bzamayo.com