Tag Archive for ‘Matt Hauger’

‘Just $349 to Make My iPad… Worse?’ ➝

Some interesting thoughts from Matt Hauger, building off of my Magic Keyboard review. Specifically my concerns about the accessory making the iPad less inviting to use when I keep the device inside of it full time.

➝ Source: anchor.fm

A Pre-Order Theory ➝

Matt Hauger, with a theory on why devices like the AirPods Pro are available for pre-order immediately:

I wonder: how did Apple decide that these devices would be available for preorder immediately? Why not a few days later, as with the new iPhones? Here’s a cynical theory: maybe less expensive items (like the AirPods or the Watch) are more likely to be impulse buys. The customer doesn’t get a chance to weigh her purchase carefully. Instead, she acquiesces to the lizard-brain desire that Apple’s marketing engenders.

I would guess that Apple primarily decides when devices are available to pre-order based on their expected demand and how many units they’ll actually have on the ship date. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the idea of impulse buying comes into the conversation at some point. I mean, they do need to actually sell these products after all.

➝ Source: carefultech.net

November Publishing Challenge ➝

Shawn Blanc:

Starting today — Friday, November 1 — I’ll be writing and publishing something every day for the whole month of November.

Though, instead of writing a novel in a month, I will be simply be focused on publishing something — anything — every single day. From photos, links to interesting things, articles, reviews, etc.

CJ Chilvers, Om Malik, Matt Hauger, and Josh Ginter are planning to to publish each day in November too. And I’ll throw my hat in the ring as well.

➝ Source: shawnblanc.net

Imagining the Apple Watch Series 4 ➝

Matt Hauger shares his wishlist for the next generation of Apple Watch hardware. Here’s my favorite bit from the piece:

The Watch has always seemed a bit chunky, and it’s actually been getting chunkier with each successive generation. It’s time to reverse that trend. My ideal Apple Watch would be about 25% thinner than the Series 3 and would feel less like a nerd-alert badge on my wrist. That may not be possible this year, but I’ll be irked if the Watch gets thicker again.

Of all the items on his list, this is the one I’d most like to see.

‘Smart’ Homes Are Dumb ➝

Matt Hauger:

I don’t really understand why anyone would install a semi-permanent smart device in their house.

On the one hand, there’s the “faux-convenience” factor. With many smart home gadgets, you’re trading a device that’s simplistic but predictable for one that’s “advanced” but finicky. Consider: if a dumb light switch stops working, there’s a very limited number of things that could have gone wrong—basically, either the wiring came loose or the circuit breaker blew.

But with a smart light switch, you have those potential problems, plus many others. Maybe the device’s firmware is buggy. Maybe the manufacturer hasn’t updated their app for your new phone hardware. Maybe the smart home platform itself is half-baked. Maybe the trigger service (e.g. IFTTT) is offline. Perhaps the automation you programmed failed to anticipate the fall time change. The list of potential troubleshooting steps goes on and on.

This is exactly why I’ve been very cautious to add these devices to my home. The nerd in me wants to replace every light switch and power outlet in my house with HomeKit-compatible replacements, but that just isn’t practical and could cause countless headaches at some point down the road.

So far, I’ve purchased two iDevices Switches and an Ecobee3 lite. If anything goes wrong, the switches are easy to remove, but the thermostat purchase was a bit more risky. If there’s a security flaw that Ecobee decides not to fix or it’s not able to connect to some future router I buy with a yet-to-be-conceived version of 802.11, I’ll have to replace it with something new.

It’s a bit frustrating that we have little control over how long these devices will function compared to the near-bullet-proof traditional models with no smarts, but a large helping of reliability. If you do decide to dip your toes in the smart home waters, I highly suggest sticking with reputable brands that work well with platforms like HomeKit. It’s no guarantee, but doing so will give you the best chance at a long life span for your devices.

Instapaper and Therapeutic Self-Delusion ➝

Matt Hauger:

Apps like Instapaper were supposed to help us read more great online content. Too busy to scroll through that thousand-word thinkpiece? Click a button, and it’s queued up for perusal later on.

But, for me, “later on” never comes. Instapaper is a landfill, where I bury articles—permanently. I currently have 3,366 unread items in my queue. Yes, that’s thirty-three hundred and sixty-six pieces I never came back to read. Some of these date back years and cover topics long since made irrelevant by the passage of time

At some point in the past few months, my Instapaper queue got a little out of control. My unread count has historically floated around 200 or so, but it currently sits at 499. And although my queue is no where near Matt’s, I’m going to start reining it in now to prevent it from growing any further.

Handling the Notch ➝

For the past week or two, my Twitter timeline has been filled with iPhone Pro mock-ups. It seems like every designer and developer in the Mac community has been sharing their theories of how Apple will display the virtual home button and status bar on the upcoming bezel-less iPhone. This one by Matt Hauger caught my attention because it solves the “where does the clock go?” problem with an elegant solution. Hauger proposes the idea that Apple will tuck all of the status bar items into the area on both sides of the notch by doubling the height of the status bar. It seems so obvious and yet, I’m not aware of anyone else that has thought of it.

The iPhone Mute Switch and Media Playback ➝

Matt Hauger:

You’d think that muting my iPhone via the side-toggle would prevent the device’s speaker from making noise. Only it doesn’t. This mute switch applies only to the phone’s ringer and app notifications. Even when muted, the phone plays back media at full volume.

I always end up trying that ninja-like move where you swipe the volume slider to zero before any noise plays.