The current homescreen on my 12.9″ iPad Pro running iOS 10.2.
Sometimes, change is unexpected. More often than not, change sneaks in until it feels grand and inevitable. Gradually, and then suddenly. iOS users have lived through numerous tides of such changes over the past three years.
As always, Federico Viticci at MacStories hits it out of the park with his yearly iOS review.
Tons of updates today. For those of you enrolled in the developer program, iOS 10 beta 3, watchOS 10 beta 3, and tvOS beta 3 are all available now (public beta members will likely see the updates tomorrow). Oddly, there wasn’t a new macOS Sierra beta released today so we’ll probably see that soon.
On the stable side of things, iOS 9.3.3, watchOS 2.2.2, tvOS 9.2.2, OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, and iTunes 12.4.2 are all available. Hit software update on your device(s) to grab the latest updates.
Mail did get a few tweaks that make wrangling the unwieldiest of inboxes easier than ever. I’ve been using the iOS 10 developer beta on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro for the last couple weeks, and the public beta since its launch. Here are four of my favorite new Mail features. If you’ve found any other changes in the Mail app, share them with us in the comments.
The three-pane view in Mail and Notes is really nice on the larger iPad Pro.
About a month ago, I wrote that my wife, mother-in-law, and I had switched from the iPhone 6s to the iPhone SE. In the month that I was using the iPhone SE, I decided that I really didn’t like how small it was so this past Friday, I once again took advantage of T-Mobile’s JUMP On-Demand feature and switched to an iPhone 6s Plus.
Surprisingly, it didn’t take me very long to get used to the drastic change in size. When I originally upgraded from the iPhone 5s, I went to the iPhone 6 Plus and felt like it took me weeks to get used to how huge it was. This time it was markedly different–it felt normal versus the tiny size of the iPhone SE.
I guess my indecision about iPads and sizes has somewhat spilled over into the realm of the iPhone now. That said though, I think I’ve settled on the devices I’ll keep going forward. In addition to doing normal “phone stuff”, the iPhone 6s Plus is big enough that I can use it to read comfortably in bed (the 12.9″ iPad Pro is sometimes a bit awkward to use lying down) and the 12.9″ iPad Pro remains my workhorse for everything else.
Ever since the WWDC announcement a few months ago, I’ve wanted to get my hands on the font they used–which appeared to be a monospaced version of the San Francisco system font–but it wasn’t available anywhere.
That changed on Monday with the release of the Xcode 8 beta. Not only is SF Mono a real thing, I’ve installed it in Coda on my iPad and it’s glorious. If you’d like to grab the font, you can find it inside the Fonts directory in the Xcode 8 beta package:
In what has become normal practice after the WWDC keynote, I’ve installed the latest iOS beta on my devices. This year is a little different than the few previous as I’ve installed it on both my iPad and my iPhone. This the first time I’ve run a developer beta on my phone since the iOS 6 betas a few years ago–typically I only install it on my iPad. I’m not sure what made this year different, but oh well :)
Some quick thoughts:
- I love the new 3-pane interface for Mail and Notes on the iPad Pro (9to5Mac has more info and screenshots)
My favorite feature that I’ve come across so far are the videos you can generate for each person’s photos in the People section of the Photos app. They are awesome.
I really like the updates to the Maps app.
Spotlight search is super-fast.
I like the system UI updates (notifications, etc).
The Apple Music changes are great. Also, IT NOW WORKS WITH SPLIT SCREEN!!!
Overall, some apps are a little crashy, but I’m not complaining–that’s to be expected, especially with the first beta build. I definitely feel like the changes so far are a step in the right direction and can’t wait to see how things progress as they stabilize over the course of the additional betas up to release in the fall.
The current homescreen on my iPad Pro (12.9″ model) running iOS 9.3.2.
The reason for doing so was a pretty simple one–cost. We currently lease all three of our phones through T-Mobile and have their JUMP On-Demand feature with our plan. This means we can switch/upgrade our phones 3 times a year at no extra cost. Since we’ve been looking for ways to save some extra money, switching to the iPhone SE from the 6s would end up saving us about $30 per month in lease fees. Add that on top of the $30 per month savings I managed to get by tweaking our T-Mobile service plan, and our total savings is around $60 per month. Not too bad.
As for the phones, they arrived yesterday and I set them up last night. If you’ve ever used an iPhone 5 or 5s, you’ll already be familiar with the iPhone SE. It’s been a few years since I had a phone this size, but while setting it up last night I quickly remembered how great it felt in my hand and how easy one-handed use is–something I couldn’t do easily when I had the 6+ or the 6/6s. It took a little while to get used to the screen size–everything felt huge for a bit–but now that I’m used to it, the smaller screen doesn’t bother me.
My only complaint so far–and it isn’t really a complaint–is that I forgot how loud the vibration motor was in this design of iPhone. It startles me every time it vibrates on my desk and even though I turned the ringer volume way down, it still vibrates like crazy. That’s going to take some getting used to after a couple of years with the far more subtle 6 and 6s vibration, but if that’s not a first world problem, I don’t know what is :)
My wife is still adjusting to it–I’ve heard “I FORGOT HOW TINY THIS SCREEN WAS!!!” a few times since I handed it to her last night–but I expect she’ll get used to it in another day or two. I still need to switch my mother-in-law’s over tonight and drop the iPhone 6ses off at our local T-Mobile store next week, but switching to the smaller model has been a pretty painless process so far.
You can learn more about the iPhone SE on Apple’s site.