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 …

Home screen report

I’m a huge fan of the MacStories website and the Club MacStories subscription newsletter. The newsletter has all kinds of fun information each week, including app highlights/mini reviews and workflow tips and tricks. They also have a Home Screens section featuring a reader’s home screen and descriptions of the apps on the home screen. I 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 …

Desperately seeking your input

One of the things I’ve always hated about Skype is how fiddly the controls are, including the fact that it can’t just use the currently selected system input and output settings. Well, Skype and Microsoft aren’t the only ones who’ve chosen (or chosen to continue using) a confusing paradigm for their video chat software. Apple Read More …

Siri, it’s not me, it’s definitely you

It’s time for Apple to dump Siri and buy Viv before Google or Facebook do. Viv comes from the same people who created Siri. Here’s Viv CEO demonstrating his new technology at TechCrunch Disrupt. The difference is that with the new product, they’re developing it into what Siri was intended to be. Apple, meanwhile, has Read More …

Weekly tech summary for May 2nd, 2016

I have a theory about the strong demand for the iPhone SE, demand that Apple expressed a bit of surprise over in their quarterly earnings call. People are framing it as proof that bigger iPhones really are terrible, but I’m only half buying the notion that all those people love small phones. For most people, Read More …

Oh, the writings you’ll write. Maybe.

This was first published on Medium on April 7th, 2016. I’ve always been a big advocate of paying for iOS apps from independent developers, as anyone who remembers the long-defunct Pocket Sized Podcast will know. Nothing burns me more than people choking at the thought of doling out $1.99 for the product of someone’s many Read More …

Error 53

People are jumping all over Apple for issuing an update to iOS 9 that is bricking iPhones with the message Error 53. The error is related to a software update that can’t finish because a Touch ID check fails. Basically Apple needs to verify that Touch ID hasn’t been tampered with, and this check is Read More …

Takos Japanese video review

I’m always willing to try new Japanese language apps, and recently I stumbled across Takos Japanese. I love this app. It has a clever and fun UI and really helps drill new material in through several different types of practice. I did a screencast walkthrough of it tonight, presented in all its glory below. Enjoy. Read More …