iPhone Upgrade Regrets, Part 2

An update on my previous post: I did another Jump On Demand “upgrade” with T-Mobile and have gone back to the iPhone XS Max from the iPhone XR.

This decision was 100% based on how I use the phone, and not because I think the XR is a bad phone — it isn’t and, honestly, it’s probably the best phone for most people. It just wasn’t the best for me.


iPhone Upgrade Regrets

Back in September when the latest model iPhones were announced, I took advantage of T-Mobile’s Jump On Demand feature and upgraded from the iPhone X I had to an iPhone XS Max.

I loved it. It shot great photos, the screen was amazing, and, for the first time ever, I got silver instead of space gray. It was gorgeous.

Then, at the end of October when the iPhone XR was released, I decided to switch to that in order to save some money on my monthly lease payment with T-Mobile.

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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.

A week and a half with the 11” iPad Pro

On November 8th, I picked up an 11″ iPad Pro. I got a 64GB Wifi-only model in Space Gray and a charcoal gray Smart Folio. I currently have it connected via Bluetooth to an old Apple Aluminum Wireless Keyboard that I had lying around until I decide if I want to pick up a Smart Keyboard Folio for it.

First impressions:

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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.