Daring Fireball: The iPhones 7

Five days with the new iPhone 7 (in jet black) and iPhone 7 Plus (in black).

Source: Daring Fireball: The iPhones 7

Good stuff from John Gruber. I’m definitely upgrading my iPhone 6 to a 7+. I just have to wait until the end of my vacation.

Hey Siri

How far away is the moon?

Source: Hey Siri

If you’re wondering what to say to your phone…

Review: Adult Colouring App

Colouring apps for adults seem to be increasingly popular. I decided to have a look around and see whether I’d have fun with one. Most of the apps that I looked at offer a free version with in app purchases required to unlock additional facilities. Some such as Pigment and Colorfy are subscription-based. But I thought £3 a week forever for something I wanted as an occasional diversion and not an obsession was over the top. I decided to go with Adult Colouring. The name is unfortunate as it suggests something naughty, which, of course, is not the case.

I installed Adult Colouring on my 12″ iPad Pro and worked with the Apple Pencil. I played around with the free version and decided that the price to unlock the full version was fair. [Read more…]

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The U.S. has Gone F&*%ing Mad

This is about an overblown national security apparatus — one that has regularly played Snakes and Ladders with the Constitution, jeopardized all of the most important technology companies in America, spied on its own Government, lied about it all, and really only exists to protect us from something that kills about as many Americans each year as sharks — that is now throwing its toys out of the cot.

Source: The U.S. has Gone F&*%ing Mad — Medium

F&*%ing spot on.

Airtable Scenario: Airtable and the iPhone

)Other posts in this series about the web-based and iOS-enabled database, Airtable, can be found here.
Phone Screenbean

Airtable is a universal app that runs equally well on an iPad and an iPhone. In this post, I’m going to look at using the app on an iPhone. [Read more…]

An Illustrator’s Review of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

But to my mind, the iPad Pro deserves the Professional label – this is a serious piece of hardware for illustrators, and it’s been a long time coming. And if you buy it, buy the Pencil. Without it you’re not doing the iPad Pro justice.

Source: An Illustrator’s Review of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil


I’m not going to do a full-blown review of my new iPad Pro, which I’ve christened Georgia (it’s just easier to keep track of the all the iPads and iPhones when they have proper names).

This is what I wrote in DayOne on the day that Georgia was delivered.

These are some impressions from using the iPad Pro for a week or so. The Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil arrived yesterday, so I’ll gradually expand this post before I publish it.

Georgia is no lightweight. You can hold the iPad Pro with one hand, but I wouldn’t want to for any length of time. But I was surprised how quickly I got used to the size. The first evening I sat on the sofa playing with Georgia, installing apps, organising folders and just generally trying different things out. After a few hours, I put Georgia aside and picked up Nikki to take her to bed. Nikki—my iPad Air 2—seemed tiny. [Read more…]

Old Music, New Find

Like millions of people I signed up for the three months’ free trial of Apple Music. Here’s something I found as a result:

Who knew Jack Sparrow could sing?

The Shape of Things to Come

Jonathan Ive and the Future of Apple – The New Yorker.

Fascinating read!


Wireless Media Shenanigans

This is a two part post. The second part was written several weeks after the first. They describe my attempt to get video playback of iTunes movies and TV programmes using a wireless hard disk.

Part 1: Pre Holiday

I wrote about the Seagate Wireless Plus just over a year ago. Since then I’ve used it occasionally, and on the whole, it has performed well. Problems of dropped connections and occasional flakiness seem to have been fixed by various firmware and software upgrades… Until IOS 8, which has somehow interfered with the playback of DRM content from iTunes. The selection of a film or TV programme from within the media manager correctly opens Safari for playback, but loading never completes and the movie never plays.

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