Posts tagged ‘iphone’

Fixed focus

Earlier today, John Gruber tweeted a couple of photographs: an iPhone 5s shot with an original iPhone and an original iPhone shot with an iPhone 5s. Original iPhone, snapped with 5S, and vice versa. The difference 7 years makes — John Gruber (@gruber) Jun 29 2014 5:18 PM Some of the replies to his tweet…


Against my better judgement

Eventually, the snow that’s been covering the Chicago area since Christmas will melt, and I’ll be able to start biking to work again. And when I do, I’ll want to listen to podcasts, which poses a problem. Time was when managing podcasts on various devices took no thought whatsoever. Subscriptions had to be handled by…


A couple of problems with Maps and/or Siri

I’ve never been as unhappy with Apple Maps as everyone else has been, but two things have been bothering me recently: the lack of flexibility in choosing a route and Siri’s intermittent failure to announce the turn-by-turn directions. I think we’re all used to how Google Maps gives us the opportunity to click on the…


The Siri data logger

I’ve been taking measurements professionally—forces, lengths, times, temperatures, speeds, voltages, etc.—for over half my life. Sometimes I’ve been lucky and the measurements have been collected and recorded automatically, but usually it’s been me with a pen and notebook, writing the numbers down by hand and then typing them into a computer later. Since getting an…


Copying Numbers templates to iOS

I’ll get to the motivations for this post later; let’s cut to the chase. Say you have a Numbers template file on your Mac and you want to use it on your iPhone. You might think that with the new Numbers, your templates would be stored in iCloud and just automatically available on every device.…


Siracusa-Fu

Generally speaking, I think it’s cheating to use what John Siracusa says as a topic for a blog post. I could get 2–3 posts out of almost any episode of Hypercritical or the Accidental Tech Podcast (except for the ones about games, which hold no interest for me), just filling in odd details and expanding…


The new Dark Sky

A new version of Dark Sky came out a couple of days ago, and it’s a big change, both functionally and aesthetically. Jared Sinclair’s criticism of the new design has gotten some attention, mainly through an approving link from John Gruber,1. While I think there’s plenty to criticize in the new design, I disagree with…


Ab phab

This article on the upcoming “big” iPhone(s) puts the imprimatur of the Wall Street Journal on a rumor that’s been around for quite a while. I think most of us expect a bigger iPhone sooner or later. It’s of a piece with the introduction of the iPad mini and Tim Cook’s declaration that Apple won’t…


Timers and reminders

As long as I’m on the topic of David Sparks and Siri (which I kind of was, if you link together a couple of things in yesterday’s post), I want to suggest an alternative to some advice he gave in a recent Mac Power Users podcast. Actually, as I look through the MPU archive on…


Some MacSparky followup

Today, my iPhone setup was featured on David Sparks’s continuing series on the Home Screens of the internet glitterati. David is, of course, widely known as the nicest guy in podcasting, I’m pretty sure the nicest guy in podcasting just called me an ignorant slut.— macdrifter (@macdrifter) Fri Dec 20 2013 6:14 PM CST so…