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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Quitting smoking

When I came back to Pennsylvania after visiting my boys in Portland for Thanksgiving, I decided to quit smoking, and I decided to do it cold turkey. This has been really, really hard. Probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but:

Today is day 20 without a cigarette.

I’ve been posting every day — usually only one or two lines, or in some cases emojis — about my progress so far. If you want to follow along with this shitshow, you can do so over here.





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.

Say hello to Murphy

This is Murphy. She’s a 7 week old German Shepherd and Pitbull mix and SHE IS ADORABLE.

I shot this with Halide on my iPhone XR. They get a big thumbs up for supporting portrait mode on non-human subjects on the XR. It makes me miss the XS Max a little less 🙂

Image Information:

Camera:iPhone XR
Aperture:f/1.8
Focal length:4.25mm
ISO:400
Shutter speed:1/40 sec.

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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