Category: Apple

AirPods are great

I know that I’m wwwwaaaaaayyyyyyy late to the party on this, but I finally got a pair of AirPods right before flying out to Portland for Thanksgiving, and I absolutely love them.

Before the new iPad Pro came along, I thought the AirPods were really interesting, but I didn’t have much of a need for wireless headphones. I had a bunch of wired EarPods from various phones over the years, and a couple of lightning to headphone jack adapters from the last couple of years and could make do with those.

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Apple says the iPhone XR has been its top-selling iPhone since launch →

From Shara Tibken at CNET:

Apple’s iPhone XR has been outselling the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max every day since the cheaper, colorful phone hit the market last month.

Greg Joswiak, Apple vice president of product marketing, told CNET in an interview Wednesday that the device has “been our most popular iPhone each and every day since the day it became available.”

I can’t say I’m terribly surprised by this at all.

The iPhone XS Max is making me neglect my iPad →

From Leif Johnson at Macworld:

I haven’t used my iPad Pro in days. In fact, I kind of forgot it existed, as last week I guiltily realized I’d buried my longtime daily writing companion under a pile of papers as though it were a random piece of trash.

But the guilt passed quickly. Within seconds my attention had already turned back to my new iPhone XS Max, a device that does many of the tasks my iPad Pro does more comfortably and efficiently. And I highly doubt I’m alone in that thinking.

While I hardly consider my iPad Pro “a random piece of trash” and still use it daily for work, I’m finding I use it a lot less when sitting on the couch and doing non-work related stuff than I did before I got the iPhone XS Max XR (ed. note: I swapped out the XS Max for a XR). Perhaps that’ll change if/when the new iPad Pros drop later this month.

Screen Time in iOS 12 is a mess

Update: This problem went away for me with the iOS 12.1 update and the kids’ usage stats are populating correctly.


One of the first things I did when iOS 12 was publicly released was set up Screen Time on the kids devices. My wife and I use Family Sharing to manage devices and purchases for our gaggle of children. Our Family Sharing setup currently looks like this:

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iOS 12: The MacStories Review →

From Federico Viticci at MacStories:

After years of unabated visual and functional changes, iOS 12 is Apple’s opportunity to regroup and reassess the foundation before the next big step – with one notable exception.

As with every year over the last few years, if you’re going to read an iOS review, make it Federico’s. The amount of time and detail he puts in every year is amazing and definitely worth the read.

Web Development with an iPad Pro

Since the release of first 12.9″ iPad Pro in 2015, I’ve done all of my web development work on an iPad Pro.


Ed. Note: As of November 2018, I’m currently using a 64GB Space Gray Wifi-only 11″ iPad Pro in a charcoal gray Smart Folio, connected via Bluetooth to an old Apple Aluminum Keyboard. Previously, I was using a 64 GB Space Gray Wifi/Cellular 10.5″ iPad Pro with a Smart Keyboard attached.


Not only is this site coded entirely with an iPad, I also use it at work to build the ON1 site.

As you’re reading this, keep in mind that this is what works for me. Your mileage may vary depending on your setup.

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