Greater expectations

Federico made a comment on the latest App Stories podcast that expectations around iOS 12 are somewhat low because it’s predicted to be a maintenance release. I disagree, at least about lowered expectations being the correct response to rumors of a bug fix focused iOS release. A simple list of the things that my Pocket Read More …

Bad metrics

In the 90’s and early 2000’s, Apple fans used to overwhelmingly reject the idea that marketshare was an indicator of product quality. They had no choice — otherwise they’d have had to accept the argument that Microsoft simply made better things.1 On Friday, John Gruber posted a link to an article he wrote in 2013 Read More …

Twenty Five for real?!

Whoa. Pcalc turned 25 years old on December 23rd. I’ll admit, even though I’ve listened to Pcalc creator James Thomson talk about the history of his Mac and iOS calculator app on podcasts and have used the app myself on iOS almost since (I think) its inception on that platform, I had no idea that Read More …

Now Listening in Overcast Workflow

I like to tweet out podcasts that I’m listening to in case other people are looking for things to listen to and want ideas, as well as to show podcasters that someone is enjoying their work. The other day someone asked me on Twitter how I automatically get my tweets formatted the way they are. Read More …

Free of Grumpiness

Yesterday I wrote about grumpy old Apple users, and about how Apple angered a lot of them by taking iOS apps out of iTunes on the Mac. Rob Griffiths pointed out a solution to this problem on Twitter. It’s called Apple Configurator 2, and it’s available for FREE in the Mac App Store. Configurator 2 Read More …

Old Grumpy

It’s fall, and everyone knows what that means. New iPhones and Apple product announcement events. In recent years, it also means a lot of internet rage over Apple product changes, often from people who consider themselves huge Apple nerds.1 Don’t get me wrong — sometimes the Apple community isn’t critical enough of Apple. I’m all Read More …

Kill Your Apps

Kill your apps. Go ahead. Double-click your iPhone home button and fling all your apps up. DO IT!! I don’t care. It’s true that you don’t need to do this to make your iPhone perform better. It’s true that you’ll actually make the CPU work harder and burn more battery if you do. But I Read More …

Downgrading from iOS 11 the painless way

Every time there’s a public beta, all the tech sites do a decent favor to their readers by remind them how to downgrade back to the release version of iOS if necessary. This time, most of them got it wrong though. I found a bunch of articles telling people how to downgrade from iOS 11 Read More …

The most boring exciting thing ever

If there is anyone on the planet who overuses the Rorschach test metaphor to describe life, it’s me. And yet, I can’t help but think it is the only way to describe how people view reality. If Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote is the ink blot on the paper, the reality that people see in it Read More …

Apple News

David Sparks wrote a post about Apple News today, basically saying what I’ve been thinking myself for a few weeks now. Apple News has come a long way. One huge thing for me is that the sources of news represented in the app are much better than they were when News launched in September of Read More …