Category: iOS

Last week, after much discussion, my wife and I decided to switch out our iPhone 6ses (and my mother-in-law’s) for the iPhone SE.

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.

Workflow 1.5 is out. From the release notes:

  • Twenty two new actions, including integrations with Trello, Ulysses, Apple Music, and the App Store
  • A completely rewritten workflow composer with greatly improved performance
  • A search bar at the top of My Workflows and in the Action Extension

There’s also a bunch more. See their blog post for more info.

I use this app daily and it’s a huge part of my iOS workflow. Workflow is available on the App Store and is an absolute steal at $2.99.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my ideal iPad. In that post, I wrote that I had settled on using the 9.7″ iPad Pro:

The main thing that factored into my decision to stick with the 9.7″ Pro (for now) is the True Tone display. I can’t say enough about it–it’s one of those features you don’t think will be a big deal but then after seeing it for a while you can’t stand looking at a display without it. It really is amazing.

My comment about the True Tone display still stands–I love it. However, my “(for now)” has come to fruition. Since that post I’ve sold the 9.7″ iPad Pro and went back to the 12.9″ model. I also wrote:

One thing I feel like I go back and forth about constantly is the size. I love the size of the 9.7″ for portability and ease-of-use in bed, but I also loved the size of the 12.9″ Pro for using at my desk or on the couch or patio or really anywhere but in bed :)

I realized that I spent most of my time working on my iPad either at my desk or dining room table or couch and not really in bed, and the 12.9″ model is far better for my workflow. I typically have Coda for iOS open on 3/4 of the screen and then either Twitterrific or another app open in the other 1/4. With the 12.9″ model, I can still comfortably work in Coda at 3/4 width. On the 9.7″ model, it quickly starts to feel cramped.

So, there’s my reasoning. I’m sure in another two weeks I’ll regret selling the 9.7″ and wish I had it back, but for now the 12.9″ iPad Pro is back to being my “main computer” once again.

From LJPUK:

Here is how to use Apple News, it’s how I use it daily and gotten the most out of it. I’ve broken the article up by TAB I.e. the row at the bottom of the app once launched.

I’ve been using News on and off since the launch and am definitely going to try some of these tips to make my feed(s) more relevant to my interests.

I have a confession to make…

It turns out that I have a bit of an iPad “problem”–as in I can’t ever seem decide which model I want or which suits my needs the best. Case in point: last year after the iPad mini 4 came out, I replaced my iPad Air 2 with one. A couple of months later, the 12.9″ iPad Pro came out, so I bought one of those and loved it–mostly1. Then the 9.7″ iPad Pro was released this past March and curiousity about the True Tone display got the better of me so I got one of those.

For the record, I don’t still have all of them: I gave the mini to my 10-yr old step-daughter (she absolutely loves it), I sold the Air 2 to CashForYourMac (who are awesome), and I gave the 12.9″ Pro to my wife (who is also awesome).

The main thing that factored into my decision to stick with the 9.7″ Pro (for now) is the True Tone display. I can’t say enough about it–it’s one of those features you don’t think will be a big deal but then after seeing it for a while you can’t stand looking at a display without it. It really is amazing.

One thing I feel like I go back and forth about constantly is the size. I love the size of the 9.7″ for portability and ease-of-use in bed, but I also loved the size of the 12.9″ Pro for using at my desk or on the couch or patio or really anywhere but in bed :)

All of this got me thinking about what my ideal iPad would look like, and here’s what I’ve come up with:

  1. 11″ True Tone display. I think this would be my happy medium between the two sizes. It’d be big enough to use on my desk, etc., yet still small enough to use in bed.

  2. A 64GB size option. I have 32GB and it’s fine, but I have to monitor it occasionally and 128GB is way more space than I need.

  3. 3D Touch. I totally expect that this will be in the next versions of the iPad anyway.

That’s about it. I realize the chances of an 11″ display are slim, so I’ll likely switch back to the 12.9″ model once it becomes available with a True Tone display and deal with the awkwardness of the size while lying in bed.


  1. I say mostly here because I loved using it at my desk or sitting on the couch, but I felt like it was too big and unwieldy to use in bed comfortably while lying down. 

Here are the iOS games I’m currently playing on my iPad:

  • Lifeline… by 3 Minute Games, LLC – $1.99

    Lifeline is a playable, branching story of survival against all odds. Using your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, you will help Taylor make life or death decisions, and face the consequences together.

  • Her Story by Sam Barlow – $4.99

    A real life crime story where you play detective.

    Her Story sits you in front of a mothballed desktop computer and logs you into a police database. Search through hundreds of video clips that cover seven interviews from 1994 in which a British woman is interviewed about her missing husband. Explore the database by typing search terms, watch the clips where she speaks those words and piece together her story.

  • Angry Birds 2 by Rovio Entertainment Ltd – Free

    The Angry Birds are back in the sequel to the biggest mobile game of all time! Angry Birds 2 starts a new era of addictive slingshot gameplay with stunning graphics, challenging multi-stage levels, scheming boss pigs and even more destruction.

  • R.B.I. Baseball 16 by MLB.com – $4.99

    Make the play with your favorite Major League Baseball team and win the World Series!

From MacStories:

For the past few months, I’ve been collaborating with Sam Beckett (author of a fantastic Control Center concept we linked to a while back) to visualize my iOS 10 wishes with a professional concept video and static mockups. Sam and I discussed my ideas for a couple of months, and he was able to visualize what I would like to have in iOS 10 – both for the iPhone and iPad – with a style and attention to detail I’m extremely happy with.

This is pretty cool.