The iPad In 2018

I am now a little over 3 years with the iPad as my computer and nothing much has really changed. I wrote about one year of using the iPad Pro as my computer last year but I started with an iPad Air 2 in 2015. Don’t get me wrong, the...

🔗 Device Advice

When deciding whether to buy or to hang on to devices and gadgets—both in the present and the future—the filter we need to employ is the simple question “What problem does it solve?” Device Advice

This is one of the biggest questions I ask myself when buying new technology.

Much of the time now the iteration or new product is not revolutionary, more iterative and if it doesn’t solve a problem - what’s is the point.

Don’t buy a new device because it is new, but because it adds something new that is needed.


HomePod Initial Impressions

The HomePod itself it deceptively small, but surprisingly heavy. It comes boxed in the usual Apple style - paying particular attention to the experience of sliding off the top and uncovering the HomePod it all its glory. Bar the device itself there is little else in the box apart from...

🔗 Many Siris · Bryan Irace

If the Lyft app is installed on your iPhone, you can ask Phone Siri to order you a car. But you can’t ask Mac Siri to do the same, because she doesn’t know what Lyft is. Compare and contrast this with the SDKs for Alexa and the Google Assistant – they each run third-party software server-side, such that installing the Lyft Alexa “skill” once gives Alexa the ability to summon a ride regardless of if you’re talking to her on an Echo in your bedroom, a different Echo in your living room, or via the Alexa app on your phone. Many Siris · Bryan Irace

This is ultimately where the Apple privacy stance falls down. With on device processing Apple are unable (or unwilling) to make abilities available everywhere.

They could in theory sync encrypted information to other devices. Or allow for account information to be stored in iCloud, however this again breaks Apples privacy ethics.

There may soon become a time when Apple needs to back down from such a view point and give users the ability to opt in. Until then don’t bank on Siri being able to do everything everywhere.


Android Experiment - The Results

After a little over a week I have ended the experiment. This hasn’t gone one as long as I had hoped, but I kept hitting barriers to getting things done and kept having to pick up an iOS device to make it viable any longer. So I have moved the...

AirPods And Android

One of my favourite and most used secondary products are my AirPods, I use these for at least an hour a day so any new phone needs to work with these. During my Android experiment I would expect Android to also do the same, at least in the short term...

My Android Experiment

Over my years of writing about technology I have tried very hard to not come down on one side of the fence. Making every attempt to review and comment on everything as impartially as possible. Although I am now living inside an Apple eco system, I am critical of wrong...

Sales Of iPhone X Strong But Not Record Breaking

It is unlikely we will ever know exactly how many iPhone X were sold by Apple. They usually release a huge total of all combined models, but never break it down into the versions. However researcher Canalys has put a number on it, and it looks promising.

🔗 Apple Trying to Get MacBook Down to $999. Maybe They Should also Try One with iOS. – BirchTree

As I said last night, Apple should also make a version of this new MacBook at runs iOS and see what the separation is in sales. I’d be incredibly curious to see is a MacBook with a 13 inch screen and keyboard would sell better running iOS or macOS Apple Trying to Get MacBook Down to $999. Maybe They Should also Try One with iOS. – BirchTree

The MacBook running iOS is the iPad Pro?

Whilst I see where Matt I coming from I just don’t see that this would sell very well. It may be appealing to us nerds that already work on their iPad/iPhone. But Apple must sell tens of millions fo devices to make it worth while.

Such is the life of one of the biggest companies in the world!